The Annabelle franchise, a spin-off from The Conjuring, has proven to be immensely successful for Warner Bros., with the first film making $84 million from a $6.5 million budget, and the second film – a prequel – making $102 million from just $15 million. With profits like that, it’s no surprise to hear that a third film is in development.
Gary Dauberman, the writer of the first two movies, will also write the third instalment while making his directorial debut as well. Dauberman has become a bit of a horror favourite at the studio, as he also co-wrote the scripts for IT and the upcoming sequel, IT: Chapter Two.
He also penned the script for The Nun, another part of the Conjuring cinematic universe, which is due out Friday, September 7, and he’s also writing and producing an adaptation of the horror anthology series Are You Afraid Of The Dark? for Paramount. Write a bunch of scripts for movies that make a lot of money? This is the kind of consistent work you get.
As for Annabelle 3, details are sparse right now but the story will once again focus on the porcelain doll that is possessed by a demonic force. That’s the crux of both prior films and it’s unlikely to get much more complicated than that.
The Conjuring universe has pulled in over a billion dollars worldwide, so it’s unsurprising to hear that Warner Bros. (and New Line) want those profits to keep coming, and they’ve fast-tracked Annabelle 3 for a July 3, 2019 release.