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‘Lights Out’ Director In Talks to Helm ‘Annabelle 2’ (Exclusive)


Back in October we told you that John Leonetti would not be returning to direct the sequel to Annabelle, New Line Cinema’s successful The Conjuring spinoff.

At the time it was revealed that Gary Dauberman, who penned the initial spinoff, would be writing the sequel that was out to directors.

After a lengthy search, New Line is setting their sights on David F. Sandberg (not to be confused with the director of Kung Fury) to get behind the camera on Annabelle 2, Bloody Disgusting can exclusively report.

Sandberg, who is still in talks as of this writing, directed Lights Out for New Line and James Wan’s Atomic Monster. We’ve been hearing that it’s testing through the roof, which is why the adaptation of Sandberg’s short film (below) landed a massive summer release (July 22, 2016).

Knowing this, it makes complete sense that the studio and producing team would naturally segue Sandberg directly into their tentpole franchise.

The first Annabelle, which was a prequel to The Conjuring, drew in nearly $250 million in box office revenue.

A 2017 release date is being eyed, although that is not confirmed.



  • Khy

    I actually enjoyed the first better than I thought I would, but then again, I’m a haunted doll/puppet freak. I don’t see where they can really go with a sequel considering the first leads right into The Conjuring…but eh…it’s Hollywood.

    • RidleyScott

      Is there a doll and is it a horror movie? Ok cool. My ticket is bought and I am going to love it.

  • Mr.Be.A.Dick

    Is it a syfy original? First one was drab. Nothing about it was more than mediocrity. Dolls is still the best puppet horror movie scene

    • TH3J4CK4L

      There’s a heap of doll films/episodes better than Annabelle, like The Doll, Dolly Dearest,Dollman, demonic toys ,Puppet master,he who kills & childs play1,2,3 etc etc. It’s just sad that even Full Moon productions can produce more interesting ideas than a big production.

      • Mr.Be.A.Dick

        Yea, but really it is a like limited genre. Childs play was good, but im not a full moon fan. Charles band was an idiot and his choices over alot of what full moon movies had to have in them lead to terrible descions. Annabelle was just meh on all fronts of meh. Wish that horror had more bite in genres that havnt really had any fangs since the 80’s or early ninties. I agree with you, just doll films in this new generation, have nothing good in them. Well..i did like the curse of chucky, but that was more throw back than progression.

      • Gadriel

        Nice to see some love for Dolly Dearest – cool movie.

        • TH3J4CK4L

          It’s a fairly decent setup & has some of that visual element that made the 80s great for horror 🙂

          • Gadriel

            I always thought it would have been fun to introduce Dolly into the Child’s Play franchise – it would be hilarious to see a Dolly/Tiffany catfight – with Chucky chuckling to himself “it’s okay dolls, there’s plenty of chuck to fuck….”

          • Gadriel

            Indeed, but it was released in 1991.
            Close enough though. 😉

  • Very interesting directing choice. Annabelle was not terrible but it was a shame that the best jump scares were in the trailer. The acting of the couple was so so though. Who knows maybe part deux could be better. Lights out really freaked me out the first time I saw it!

  • shawn lawson

    Too bad not Kung Furys’ Sandberg. Actually probably worth watching. Conjuring was decent. Annabelle made Seed of Chucky look like Exorcist. Movie sucked a bag a dicks.

  • shawn lawson

    And i LOVE Chucky

  • DarkBree

    I don’t know where they can take this story.

    • Gadriel

      Well she could always star in a movie where she get her arse handed to her on a plate by Chucky.

  • Peter Johnson

    Damn. Directs a short film, then a couple years later, helming two horror movies from big studios. It is the new age of horror.

  • Mr. Screamer

    The first one was garbage, so… whatever.

  • Please no, he is a very talented and dedicated director and he should not lay his hands on this useless franchise. I mean, he could do something great but it still would be Annabelle 2, you know?

    • BlingRhames

      It’s not like he was forced to do Annabelle 2, he was probably really, really psyched to get the job (as would most directors trying to work their way into making features).

      • you’re right, touché. still, he is too talented for this franchise imo

  • Francesco Falciani

    ok ok…new line present day is just about “Th conjuring” franchise …and spin off. it’s a shame they also have the nightmare OES and F13th rights…but it seems they don’t give a shit anymore.

  • TraxKenobi

    1minute horror

  • BlubberNugget

    Yech, Annabelle was terrible. Utter snoozefest.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Just because a film is successful does not mean that it’s good. Annabelle sucked and clearly was just a cash cow and people ran to see it because they recognized the doll from conjuring.

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