Nothing is official yet, but Lights Out director David F. Sandberg is in talks to direct Annabelle 2

Annabelle 2 teaserThe 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.

the boy movie twd lauren cohanAnnabelle 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.

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I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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