A third Annabelle movie is in the works.
And of course it is, considering last year’s Annabelle: Creation raked in $US306.5 million from a budget of $US15 million and the overall Conjuring franchise (four films thus far) has earned a whopping $US1.2 billion worldwide.
According to THR, screenwriter Gary Dauberman, who wrote both Annabelle films and co-wrote horror hit It, will be making his directorial debut with the untitled next chapter in the franchise. He’s also continuing on as writer.
The film, again being produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster banner and the Peter Safran Co., has been put on the fast track and given a US release date of July 3, 2019.
This horror universe continues to expand. Apart from this third Annabelle film, which will again focus on the possessed doll that was first featured in Wan’s The Conjuring, New Line is also working on spinoffs The Nun and The Crooked Man.
Dauberman has also written The Nun, with Corin Hardy (The Hallow) on board as director and Taissa Farmiga and Demián Bichir starring. That film will be arriving in Australia on September 6 and opening in the US on September 7.