What The Conjuring franchise has managed to accomplish for the horror genre is nothing short of miraculous. Despite the fact that horror tends to be a harder sell for mainstream audiences than other types of movies, the series has become incredibly profitable since its inception in 2013. From there, each subsequent entry (and spinoff) has proven that the brainchild of Saw mastermind James Wan is one of Hollywood's most intriguing and promising properties. That said, things have become a bit more uncertain with the recent revelation that Wan likely will not return to helm The Conjuring 3 due to his commitments in the DCEU.

However, now is not the time to worry. If anything, this development fills us with a sense of optimism for what's on the horizon in the world of Ed and Lorraine Warren. On the heels of Annabelle: Creation's strong opening weekend, now seems like the perfect time to examine the reasons why James Wan's decision not to return to The Conjuring franchise (at least behind the camera) could represent a golden opportunity for the series to move in a brand new direction. With that in mind, let's dive in and figure out why.

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New Blood Helps Keep The Franchise Fresh

Audiences expect to see a specific amount of Conjuring DNA whenever they go to see a Conjuring movie, so some homogeny is unavoidable. That said, there's always room for innovation, and the Annabelle films have both proven that introducing new directors can help keep The Conjuring universe fresh. Both John Leonetti and David F. Sandberg carved out unique styles and tones for their respective Annabelle projects, and that willingness to branch out and try new things could help keep the main Conjuring franchise relevant in the long term.

It doesn't matter if that means letting Leonetti and Sandberg graduate to the main series, or bringing in entirely new talent like Don't Breathe's Fede Alvarez, The Conjuring will always benefit from new blood trying new things. One of the worst things that a horror franchise can do is become predictable, and by swapping out filmmakers every few films, The Conjuring can ensure that no director (even someone as talented as James Wan) ever becomes too easy to anticipate.

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