'The Conjuring 2' Pushed to 2016 So James Wan Can Return to Direct
by Ethan Anderton
October 21, 2014
Briefly: Warner Bros. Pictures had originally dated the horror sequel to last year's hit The Conjuring for October 23rd, 2015. However, since we haven't heard anything about a director or cast, we were starting to wonder if the film would be able to meet that date. And now we have our answer as the studio has removed The Conjuring 2 from next year's calendar and will release it sometime in 2016 instead. But there will still be horror from Warner Bros. this fall because an unspecified horror film will take the sequel's previous October 2015 date instead. But we're not sure at all what that film might be so stay tuned.
UPDATE: Well, despite the fact that James Wan said that he was done with horror, it looks like Warner Bros. was able to coax him back into the genre as Deadline reports he has been hired to direct The Conjuring 2. In fact, that's why the film has been delayed, because Wan will be given enough time to finish and promote Fast & Furious 7 when it hits theaters on April 3rd, 2015. Then he'll move right into a summer start date for The Conjuring sequel. Considering the spin-off Annabelle didn't work as well without Wan behind the camera, this is great news.
In addition, Wan has also struck a deal to develop and produce modest budgeted films in the sci-fi, horror, and comedy genres by way of his Atomic Monster production banner. So even if The Conjuring 2 turns out to be Wan's last foray into directing horror for awhile, he'll still have ample opportunities to have his hands in several different genre projects at once. New Line is obviously happy with president Toby Emmerich saying, "We had a great experience with James on The Conjuring, and we give him a lot of credit for that movie working so well." Stay tuned to see when The Conjuring 2 will actually hit theaters.