The producer behind horror blockbuster “The Conjuring” has filed a lawsuit against New Line Cinema, claiming the studio stiffed him on a huge chunk of profits from the movie, and now he wants to block New Line from releasing the sequel it’s planning.
New Line has already set a “Conjuring 2″ release date for pre-Halloween 2015, but if Tony DeRosa-Grund gets his way, the movie will never go to production.
DeRosa-Grund has sued New Line as well as Warner Bros. Entertainment, alleging he owns the rights to the life stories of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life paranormal investigators on whose case studies “The Conjuring” is based.
DeRosa-Grund claims he purchased the rights to the Warrens’ life stories fives years ago, as well as the rights to all of their bizarre case studies, and entered into a deal with New Line to produce “The Conjuring” based on one of these studies.
Now, DeRosa-Grund claims New Line has gone rogue, developing a “Conjuring” sequel starring the Warrens (played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) without his permission. If New Line wants to do a sequel, DeRosa-Grund says he better get paid for it.
DeRosa-Grund also alleges New Line shafted him on profits from the original movie, claiming “The Conjuring” grossed $318 million worldwide on just a $20 million budget.
DeRosa-Grund wants a judge to put a stop to New Line’s “Conjuring” sequel and order the studio to pay him any money he’s owed from the original film.