Everything you need to know about The Nun
The Nun is an upcoming American gothic supernatural horror film directed by Corin Hardy. The screenplay by Gary Dauberman is from a story by James Wan and Dauberman. It is a spin-off of 2016’s The Conjuring 2 and the fifth installment in The Conjuring series, and stars Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet and Bonnie Aarons. The film is set to release on September 7, 2018.
In 1952 Romania, a Catholic priest and a novice are sent by the Vatican to investigate the mysterious suicide of a nun at the Cârța Monastery.
On June 15, 2016, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema announced a spin-off film to 2016’s The Conjuring 2 titled The Nun. The initial script for the film was written by David Leslie Johnson, and produced by Peter Safran and James Wan. On February 17, 2017, it was announced that Corin Hardy had signed on to direct The Nun with a new screenplay from Wan and Gary Dauberman. During the filming of Annabelle: Creation, Safran revealed that The Nun would chronologically come first in The Conjuring franchise’s shared cinematic universe, making it as a further prequel to The Conjuring series and Annabelle series. He said, “We have a board that we created that has what we hope will ultimately be our series of movies. We have it in chronological order, so we can keep track of where it all happens.”
On April 5, 2017, Demián Bichir joined the film’s cast as a priest investigating a nun’s mysterious suicide. Taissa Farmiga was cast shortly after in the title role. Corin Hardy later said that he initially did not want to cast Farmiga due to her being the sister of The Conjuring star Vera Farmiga, but changed his mind when he saw her auditions, “I watched 100 auditions for this role and she had some kind of presence outside of her own body that is evident, and she’s phenomenal.” Bonnie Aarons was then set to reprise her role as the “Demon Nun” character Valak from The Conjuring 2. Charlotte Hope, Jonas Bloquet, and Ingrid Bisu were subsequently announced to star, rounding out the main cast.
Principal photography for the film began on May 3, 2017 at Castel Film Studios in Bucharest, Romania, with Maxime Alexandre serving as cinematographer. Scenes were filmed in the Palace of the Parliament building in June, for a fee of €5,000 per hour. Filming also took place at the Corvin Castle in Hunedoara and in Sighișoara, Transylvania. Hardy announced on his social media accounts that production wrapped on June 23, 2017, after 38 days.
The original musical score for The Nun will be composed by Abel Korzeniowski and it will be released at WaterTower Music.
The Nun was scheduled to be released in the United States on July 13, 2018 by Warner Bros. Pictures. In February 2018, the film was pushed back from its original release date of July 13, 2018 to September 7, 2018. On June 13, 2018, a teaser trailer was released. In August 2018, a short advertisement for the film was removed from YouTube due to an unskippable jump scare that violated the platform’s “Shocking Content” policies. The ad shows the Apple volume bar going left and right, before going to mute. After about one second, the character Valak jump scares the viewer with a piercing roaring sound, sharp teeth and staring green eyes. In the United States and Canada, The Nun will be released alongside Peppermint and God Bless the Broken Road, and is projected to gross $32–37 million in its opening weekend.
On August 12, 2017, Wan discussed a possibility for a Nun sequel and what its storyline may cover: “I do know where potentially, if The Nun works out, where The Nun 2 could lead to and how that ties back to Lorraine’s story that we’ve set up with the first two Conjurings and make it all come full circle.”