James Wan’s ‘Conjuring’ to Debut at L.A. Film Festival

Dave McNary

New Line’s horror-thriller “The Conjuring” will debut June 21 at the Los Angeles Film Festival, a month ahead of its wide release.

James Wan (“Insidious”) directed the haunted-house story, starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor. The festival will hold two screenings, both followed by a Q&A with Wan.

Exhbitors at CinemaCon in April gave strong positive response when Warner Bros. showed several particularly scary  minutes of “The Conjuring.” Warner had originally planned a domestic launch in January but opted instead for July 19.

Pic is based on the Perron family, who claimed they “lived among the dead” in the 1970s as spirits — both friendly and sinister — inhabited their Rhode Island farmhouse. Farmiga and Wilson are playing the investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren while Taylor and Livingston portray the Perrons.

Wan directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes. Pic is produced by Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter serving as executive producers.

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