BREAKING: New Line has tapped Michael Chaves to direct The Conjuring 3 as James Wan steps away from directing duties on the franchise, Deadline has confirmed. Wan, who has Aquaman coming out this Christmas, will continue to produce Conjuring 3 under his Atomic Monster label alongside Peter Safran via his Safran Company.

Chaves recently directed the studio’s upcoming April 19 release The Curse of La Lloronaa pic that’s not in The Conjuring universe. Chaves made his feature directorial on that pic. and Conjuring 3 of course reunites him with New Line and Atomic Monster, who also produced that movie. Chaves was discovered after directing the award-winning horror short The MaidenLa Llorona’s logline: Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.

The Conjuring 2 writer David Leslie Johnson returns to pen the threequel, which centers on 1970s paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Wan’s Conjuring movies launched a genre franchise that has minted $1.57 billion for Warner Bros.’ New Line, with the recent spinoff The Nun becoming the highest-grossing title in the universe with over $330M worldwide.