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Regarding a potential third installment in The Conjuring series, Wan stated, "There could be many more [Conjuring] movies because the Warrens have so many stories." Screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes have also expressed interest in working on a story for another sequel. However, Wan stated that he may be unable to direct the film due to his commitments to other projects. He told Collider, "Assuming we are lucky enough to have a third chapter, there are other filmmakers that I would love to sort of continue on the Conjuring world, if we are lucky enough." Wan has also stated that, if a third film was to be made, it would ideally take place in the 1980s. Wan later stated that the sequel could include lycanthropy, saying, "Maybe we can go and do it like a classic American Werewolf in London style. That would be awesome! The Warrens set against the backdrop of The Hound of Baskerville. That would be awesome."
In May 2017, Safran commented on the unlikelihood that a third installment would be a haunted house film.
In June 2017, it was announced a third installment was in development, with The Conjuring 2 co-writer David Leslie Johnson hired to write the screenplay.
In August 2017, Wan told Entertainment Weekly that the filmmakers have "been working hard on The Conjuring 3", and that "we're in the midst of working on the script, and still hashing [it] out. We want to make sure that the script is in a really good place. With how much people have loved the first two [Conjuring films], I don't want to rush in to the third one if possible".
In September 2018, producer Peter Safran stated that the script was near completion and that production would begin sometime during 2019.
In October 2018, after previously directing a film for Atomic Monster Productions, Michael Chaves was announced as the film's director, by James Wan as his replacement. Wan stated he was impressed while working with Chaves on The Curse of La Llorona, and that the latter will make a great addition to the production team. Wilson and Farmiga will reprise their roles as the Ed and Lorraine Warren.
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