As last years Insidious was one of 2011’s most profitable movies, New Line is hoping that lightning will strike twice by reuniting director James Wan and Insidious-top liner, Patrick Wilson. Wilson, along with Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) are in final negotiations to star in Wan’s new supernatural thriller, The Conjuring. Written by Chad and Carey Hayes, the duo would play Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband and wife team who happen to be demonologists/psychic investigators who come up against the toughest challenge in their career by way of nasty spirits in a Rhode Island farmhouse. Based on the true events of the Perron family in the 1970s, New Line acquired not only the pitch from the Hayes, but also the life rights to the family and investigators. The Conjuring is set to begin production in March in North Carolina. Hit the jump for more on the project.
News of The Conjuring’s principal cast negotiations comes via THR. Keep up with new developments on The Conjuring here. The plot of The Conjuring may have taken some material from a recent book by a Perron family member, the synopsis of which follows below (via Amazon):
Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased the home of their dreams and eventual nightmares in December of 1970. The Arnold Estate, located just beyond the village of Harrisville, Rhode Island seemed the idyllic setting in which to raise a family. The couple unwittingly moved their five young daughters into the ancient and mysterious farmhouse. Secrets were kept and then revealed within a space shared by mortal and immortal alike. Time suddenly became irrelevant; fractured by spirits making their presence known then dispersing into the ether. The house is a portal to the past and a passage to the future. This is a sacred story of spiritual enlightenment, told some thirty years hence. The family is now somewhat less reticent to divulge a closely-guarded experience. Their odyssey is chronicled by the eldest sibling and is an unabridged account of a supernatural excursion. Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated this haunting in a futile attempt to intervene on their behalf. They consider the Perron family saga to be one of the most compelling and significant of a famously ghost-storied career as paranormal researchers. During a séance gone horribly wrong, they unleashed an unholy hostess; the spirit called Bathsheba…a God-forsaken soul. Perceiving herself to be mistress of the house, she did not appreciate the competition. Carolyn had long been under siege; overt threats issued in the form of fire…a mother’s greatest fear. It transformed the woman in unimaginable ways. After nearly a decade the family left a once beloved home behind though it will never leave them, as each remains haunted by a memory. This tale is an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit on a pathway of discovery: an eternal journey for the living and the dead.