Annabelle Officially Coming in October

Jason McDonald

While fans of “The Conjuring” will have to wait till October 2015 for a proper sequel, they might have one film to hold them over this year.  Warner Bros and New Line have officially announced that the “Annabelle” spinoff movie will release this year.

If you saw “The Conjuring”, you might remember the Annabelle doll that plays a crucial role throughout the film.  That doll will now be getting its own film directed by John R. Leonetti, cinematographer on “The Conjuring” and “Insidious 2”, and written by Gary Dauberman (“Swamp Devil”).  Not much else is known about the film at this time except that it won’t be a prequel or sequel, it’ll simply be its own stand-alone film.

“Annabelle” is expected to hit theaters on October 3, 2014.  Personally, I’m a bit apprehensive about this film.  Given that it has no strong connections to “The Conjuring”, I’m worried that it’ll feel like a crash grab.  I’m also concerned about some of the talent behind the camera.  Leonetti doesn’t have a strong record when it comes to directing, having handled films like “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” and “The Butterfly Effect 2.”  I don’t have a problem with his cinematography, so the film will at least look good.

The other problem is the writer who has previously worked on B-movie projects like “Swamp Devil” and “Blood Monkey.”  It just doesn’t seem like the kind of writer you bring on to work on the spinoff to your massively popular horror film.  Still, plenty of people got their start working on strange projects.  Look at Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”), he wrote and directed “Hellraiser: Inferno” and now he’s attached to “Doctor Strange.”

Though the only connection to “The Conjuring” is the doll, I have to wonder if this film presents a potential risk to the “The Conjuring 2.”  If “Annabelle” bombs and doesn’t do well, will it tarnish people’s anticipation for a new “Conjuring” film? The general public won’t see something like “Annabelle” as a separate entity and will, instead, draw the connection to “The Conjuring.”  If they decide that “Annabelle” isn’t worth watching, will that influence their decision to see the actual sequel?  This whole project sounds like a risky proposition and I hope it pays off for WB, because I’d like to see if “The Conjuring” can grow as a franchise.

Source: Deadline

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      1. Dean Spencer July 8, 2014 at 4:58 am

        I hope it works. Would be a shame to crash and burn.

      2. Priscilla Blair July 8, 2014 at 5:03 am

        Stacey Davis

      3. Stacey Davis July 8, 2014 at 5:05 am

        Yay can’t wait

      4. Nino Falletta July 8, 2014 at 5:13 am

        I was gonna say that looks like the doll from The Conjuring. Is it like the Chucky movies?

      5. Scott Edwards July 8, 2014 at 5:47 am

        Looking forward to it

      6. Jeff Cowell July 8, 2014 at 6:06 am

        She’s hot!

      7. Steve Miller July 8, 2014 at 7:44 am

        I’ve read a lot on Annabelle. I always said it would make an awesome movie. Imagine my surprise when I first watched ‘The conjuring’ to see her in it. I’m praying they don’t screw this up. Time will tell!

      8. Ryan Sternfels July 8, 2014 at 12:12 pm

        By far the most compelling character in the film. Everyone else…meh.

      9. Neil Hawkins July 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

        Very bad film what going on in is good

      10. Mike-Teresa 'Alred' Alfaro Alfaro July 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        Annabelle has a pretty interesting story behind it. I’m looking forward to the movie.

      11. Johnny Martinez July 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm

        I don’t know about this one but we have to wait till next year for conjuring 2!?

      12. Jon N Kc July 8, 2014 at 5:56 pm

        I cant wait fir this its gonna be awsome I always wanted to know her story :)

      13. Steve July 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

        Annabelle has nothing to do with the Perrons story and the doll was a Raggedy Annie. (I am English so that may not be what you guys call it.) Hope it is done as per The Demonologist which is about the Warrens. Their story about Annabelle was fascinating and far scarier than the lameness in the Conjuring.

        • Michelle July 9, 2014 at 3:18 am

          I too was hoping they would use a Raggedy Anne doll in the Conjuring, since they didnt, I doubt they will in the Annabelle movie. I idea of a Raggedy Anne doll that is evil is super scary because the are so sweet and innocent looking. The doll in the movie looks scary, so one could expect scary things to happen. Nevertheless, I will probably watch this movie when it comes out VOD.