Spawning a massive following as a result of its first appearance in The Conjuring universe during the second installment, The Nun (with much anticipation) will be released later this year. Initially tagged with a release date of July 13th, The Nun has been pushed back to the Labor Day weekend on September 7th, 2018.
Distributing company, New Line Cinema (division of Warner Bros.), had prematurely reserved the September date prior to the change, according to Deadline. Last year’s IT was met with tremendous financial success (opening at $123.4M) during its initial release of September 8th, 2017; also distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Perhaps the change of date is a means of strategy to repeat the successful financial outcome of IT.
Directed by Colin Hardy (The Hallow) with screenplay penned by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle: Creation, IT), The Nun began principal photography on May 3rd, 2017 in Romania and wrapped production on June, 23rd 2017.
Set In 1952 at the Carta Monastery in Romania, the film follows Catholic priest Father Burke, played by Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight), sent by the Vatican in order to investigate the mysterious death of a nun. What Father Burke is forced to confront, is a terrifying evil entity taking the blasphemous form of a nun (as most will recognize from The Conjuring 2). On a side note, Demian Bichir was quite the celebrity in my home as my sisters were smitten by him in Spanish telenovelas back in the 90’s.
For horror fans, the push back in release date shouldn’t deter ones anticipation for the film. Rather, it’s less of a distraction from all the summer blockbusters that will saturate the box office. Perhaps the September release will fill more seats with hopes in bringing more demand for quality horror titles.