The Conjuring franchise is now five movies deep; in addition to The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 (released in 2013 and 2016 respectively), we’ve had two Annabelle spinoffs and The Nun which enjoyed a record-breaking debut last weekend. Fortunately, every installment has been rated R, but as the property’s popularity grows and studios seek to attract wider audiences, is there any chance future Conjuring installments will be edited down to PG-13?
With a new Annabelle film and The Conjuring 3 both moving forward, it’s a question worth asking. Thankfully, our friends at CinemaBlend recently sat down with franchise producer Peter Safran and got some encouraging insights. When asked if fans would see a shift in tone and/or content he replied:
“There really haven’t been [any talks about that]. We try to have a certain consistency in the films in terms of what their core values and concepts are – the idea of faith, potential loss of faith; the idea that good and evil exist; and you’re only real armor against evil is your faith, whatever that faith may be. So I think they’re all going to live in that world, so I don’t see them becoming ‘lighter,’ but I also don’t see them becoming darker than what we’re doing with The Nun, for example.”
Speaking of The Nun, if you’ve yet to experience it for yourself, check out the synopsis and trailer below.
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
The Nun is directed by Corin Hardy from a script penned by James Wan and Gary Dauberman; the film stars Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, and Bonnie Aarons as Valak.