Warner Bros. and New Line are all in on their growing The Conjuring universe. James Wan‘s breakout horror hit first spawned the possessed doll spinoff Annabelle, which receives a sequel later this year, before conjuring up Colin Hardy‘s The Nun, inspired by the ghoulish figure seen in Wan’s sequel The Conjuring 2. Now it seems another of Wan’s freaky character creations from the sequel is in contention to get his own film, the divisive Crooked Man, who was fantastically creepy but felt a bit out of place in the world of The Conjuring.
Speaking with JoBlo on the set of Annabelle: Creation, producer Peter Safran had a whole lot to say about the possible spinoff, and the split fan response to the character.
Its an excellent question, because obviously the Crooked Man was one of the ones were contemplating spinning off and when we tested the movie it was the most polarizing character. It had the most people who loved it and the most people who hated it, but it really was – people loved it.
The people who loved it wrote, “That’s awesome!” A lot of the people who didn’t like it, their criticism was, “That’s all CG! That’s all CG.” None of it was CG. It was 100% practical. That actor just looks like that, we created an amazing wardrobe for him. Skin tight latex-basically suit. And he walks – I’m sure you’ve all youtubed his test for Mama, crawling around before they decided to go CG.
So I think there’s something fascinating in the Crooked Man. Maybe tonally he’s not as grounded as the Conjuring itself is and maybe that’s why some people felt it wasn’t what they were looking for in the Conjuring but I suspect a movie with him would be really really cool.I love the character, just things like the transformation from the dog into the Crooked Man and the way he walked. It’s one of those characters when I see his fingers coming out when Ed Warren has kind of blinded by the steam and is coming into the living room where the TV is, there’s a thing where his fingers come around a door and every time I see that I just love what that character can be.
And we have some interesting ideas for him. So we’ll see.