Nothing is official yet, but Lights Out director David F. Sandberg is in talks to direct Annabelle 2
The Annabelle doll – the one that originally appeared in James Wan’s amazing The Conjuring – first got its own movie with the spin-off movie Annabelle in 2014. The success of this first movie was so impressive (cashing in more than $250 million in worldwide box office revenues) that a second movie is on the way, which is very aptly titled Annabelle 2.
We haven’t heard much about this second film, except the fact that the original screenwriter Gary Dauberman will be writing the script for Annabelle 2 while the original director, John Leonetti, would not be returning. However, now Bloody Disgusting is reporting that the new director might have been found, since Lights Out director David F. Sandberg will probably be directing.
Sandberg did both the short film version of Lights Out and just finished working on the feature film version, which will be out in wide release on July 22, 2016. With the Lights Out feature film, the connection between Sandberg and James Wan is in place, since Wan is producing Lights Out. James Wan is also producing everything in the The Conjuring universe, which obviously includes the spin-off movies with the Annabelle doll.
Annabelle 2 is expected to come out sometime in 2017, but if you feel you can’t possibly wait that long for a horror movie featuring a doll, then The Boy (starring The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan) should be able to tie you over. The Boy has already been released in the US and will be out in the UK on March 18, 2016.
Also, we have Lights Out to look forward to this summer. And why not enjoy watching the short film version a few times while we wait.
Go ahead, have a tiny horror party!