James Wan's Conjuring universe can't be stopped. When The Conjuring 2 opened last summer, fans knew another spinoff announcement was on the horizon. At the time, the creepy Crooked Man seemed like the best bet. However, The Nun from Ed Warren's painting upstaged him, getting a spinoff of her own first. Now The Hollywood Reporter\u00a0relays news that the other big bad from the franchise's sequel will hit the silver\u00a0screen in a standalone.\r\n\r\nWan will develop the story for The Crooked Man, while Mike Van Waes is set to write the script. Wan and franchise producer, Peter\u00a0Safran, will produce;\u00a0details\u00a0on a potential director are\u00a0currently known.\r\n\r\nThe Crooked Man himself is based on an English nursery rhyme, and has had his fair share of pop culture appearances. In last summer's The Conjuring 2, the slender and terrifying figure only appeared to one of the boys in the family Ed and Lorraine were assisting. At the time, not much attention was given to that particular paranormal phenomenon. As such, whether or not the spinoff will return to the Enfield plot of the sequel remains to be seen.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn a recent interview with Arrow in the Head, Safran shared\u00a0his thoughts on what a Crooked Man spinoff could entail:\r\n\r\n"I think there\u2019s something fascinating in the Crooked Man. Maybe tonally he\u2019s not as grounded as the Conjuring itself is and maybe that\u2019s why some people felt it wasn\u2019t what they were looking for in the Conjuring but I suspect a movie with him would be really really cool.\r\n\r\n"I love the character, just things like the transformation from the dog into the Crooked Man and the way he walked. It\u2019s 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\u2019s a thing where his fingers come around a door and every time I see that I just love what that character can be.\r\n\r\nAnd we have some interesting ideas for him. So we\u2019ll see. "\r\n\r\nIt could be very interesting indeed. Though we've seen so little of him, the character does have a Freddy Krueger-like aura about him. He, like Freddy before him, is certainly the stuff of nightmares... not to mention the nursery rhyme parallels.\r\n\r\nMore information on the Crooked Man spinoff is bound to pick up steam sooner rather than later. As the wait drags on, though, there's plenty to look forward to in The Conjuring universe. Annabelle: Creation\u00a0hits\u00a0theaters on August 11. The Nun opens on July 13, 2018.\r\n\r\nImages: New Line\/Warner Bros.