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‘Conjuring 2’ Director James Wan: ‘There Could Be Many More Movies’

“The Conjuring” sequel brought back the horror — and hopes for a third movie — at its world premiere on Tuesday night.

Vera Farmiga was blunt about doing “The Conjuring 3.” “Just ask me,” she said on the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes admitted that they’re ready. “Yes, we definitely have a third in mind,” they added.

Director James Wan was a bit more coy — “It depends on what happens this weekend” — but conceded that the source of the franchise could be mined from the true stories of paranormal investigators Ed and 86-year-old Lorraine Warren, who received multiple hugs and kisses on the red carpet.

“There could be many more movies because the Warrens have so many stories,” a beaming Wan said of the possibility of more “Conjuring” sequels.

Patrick Wilson reflected a bit on the fact that he took the role of Ed Warren more than four years ago, a year before “The Conjuring” stunned Hollywood by grossing $320 million worldwide. “At that point, I knew it would work, but not this well,” Wilson added.

Lauren Esposito, making her film debut in “The Conjuring 2” as Margaret Hodgson, noted that Wan took a precautionary step on the first day of filming.

“We did have some priests come and bless the set,” Esposito recalled. “It was a lot of fun.”

For Wan’s part, he admitted to one fear. “I’m really scared of getting sprayed by skunks,” he said. “I have to be careful when I’m walking my dog.”

The screening was also part of the LA Film Festival — just as it was three years ago when Wan hosted a sneak showing of “The Conjuring.” “This one is scarier than the first,” noted fest director Stephanie Allain on the red carpet.

Warner Bros. execs Kevin Tsujihara, Toby EmmerichVeronika Kwan VandenbergGreg Silverman and Sue Kroll also attended the premiere.

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