‘The Conjuring’ Spinoff Officially Titled ‘Annabelle,’ Confirmed for October Release

Published 10 months ago by , Updated July 9th, 2014 at 1:59 pm,

the conjuring annabelle spinoff The Conjuring Spinoff Officially Titled Annabelle, Confirmed for October Release

A few months back, we brought you the news that both The Conjuring 2 and its spinoff film concerning Annabelle the evil doll were in jeopardy of not being made, due to a lawsuit filed against Warner Bros. The suit alleged that Warners failed to properly compensate Evergreen Media Studios, the company through which the contents of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s case files were licensed for use in The Conjuring. While the dispute has yet to be solved, it appears that Warner Bros. still plans to go full steam ahead with both films, lawsuit pending or not.

Fittingly, the Annabelle-related spin-off film has officially been titled Annabelle and will, as previously reported, be released October 3, 2014. This will put Annabelle in direct theatrical competition with the David Fincher directed mystery Gone Girl and the Reese Witherspoon fronted Oscar-bait drama The Good Lie.

Modestly budgeted at only $20 million, The Conjuring was one of the most profitable films of 2013, raking in over $300 million worldwide. With that in mind, it’s not hard to see why Warners is opting to push ahead with the franchise despite a potential court battle. Of course, if past is prologue, this conflict will likely end up like most Hollywood rights disputes: a settlement will be reached that makes both parties even more insanely rich.

conjuring doll annabelle The Conjuring Spinoff Officially Titled Annabelle, Confirmed for October Release

Annabelle herself was only a supporting character in The Conjuring, with her creepy presence mostly serving as a catalyst to draw audiences into the terrifying and (allegedly) true paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Considering the fact that The Conjuring ended with Annabelle still safely(?) contained in the Warrens’ vault of horrors, the spinoff film will presumably function as a prequel, putting the spotlight on a prior target of Annabelle’s demonic influence.

Sadly, for those who enjoyed their work as the Warrens, Conjuring stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are not expected to appear in Annabelle, although they are indeed set to return for The Conjuring 2. Leading Annabelle’s cast are Alfre Woodard (True Blood), Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors), Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Brian Howe (Justified).

Plot details for Annabelle remain vague, but considering that Warner Bros. greenlit the spinoff only a few months after The Conjuring was released, it’s doubtful that the studio is worried about getting a return on this investment. Will lightning strike twice, making Annabelle another massive hit? Or will this possessed doll fail to give Chucky a run for his money at the box office?

Annabelle will be released to theaters on October 3, 2014.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. I’m not sure I could even produce a home video version of Annabelle for release to me friends and family within 2.5 months, are you sure the date of October 3 2014 is correct?!

    If so, that’s insane even for a mid budget movie!

    • Has to be an editing mistake or else this movie is gonna suck soo bad, or maybe the film was already in production and no one said anything about it. Either it wouldn’t suprise me if it can be filmed in under a month since its a low budget horror film.

      • Filming began early of 2014

        • Thanks Slade, but I thought filming was completely halted due to a licensing issue – in that case I assume they carried on filming regardless to hit the expected Halloween 2014 release date. If that’s the case, surely marketing of the movie should’ve started by now? Even it’s only teaser posters?

      • I assume it’s an editing mistake, or at least I hope so, my daughter and I watched The Conjuring together for the 1st time over the weekend on Blu Ray and we both loved it – despite the fact there’s no blood, gore or foul language, which are the hallmarks of current “Horror” movies.

        I only hope as much attention to detail and atmosphere is leveled at the Annabelle film to justify it’s tie-in with The Conjuring.

        • Well NOT James Wan is directing the film (srry I can’t recall who is directing this) so it wouldn’t suprise me if ends up a poor man’s version anything James wan puts out.

        • They did screenings for this movie back in May in Hollywood. They emailed tons of people asking if they wanted to go see it.

        • Hmm. Are you and your daughter horror fans or not?

          I ask because I am and I found The Conjuring to be as boring as Wan’s other attempts at horror. Nothing but jump scares and zero atmosphere.

          • My daughter and I are film fans full stop, not tied to one particular genre. We both thought that The Conjuring was excellent, plenty of atmosphere and some great directing – the long shot when the family first buys the house that flows from the front door, through the living room, into the kitchen and then into the back yard was brilliant.

            There were a few cheap jump scares and it did go over the top at the climax, but otherwise a solid film.

  2. I must admit the hype surrounding The Conjuring on the net was huge. In anticipation i couldn’t wait to own a copy on bd. In the end i am not quite sure what to think of it.
    Did it frighten the daylights out of me or similar to the “Paranormal Activity” franchise
    completely boring?

  3. The original doll was a Raggity Ann doll. Google it, the picture they show is much more scarier than the one in the movie.

    • What’s funny is that the Raggity Ann doll would freak me out even more because I wouldn’t be expecting something so evil inside something so innocent looking. The doll in the movie is so creepy looking I’d be surprised if it didn’t try to kill me.

      • Who knows, maybe the doll initially looked like the Raggity Ann and then, after being possessed [or whatever], it gets the creepy look. It would be an awesome ‘prequelic’ twist. ‘Prequelic’, I just made up that word. LOL.

  4. Stvmoe II must admit with all the “dolls” in horror movies, i guess “Chucky’ is one of the
    more cheesy, sinister,creepy,or more dumb dolls to have ever “hit” the screen but one thing Chucky has definitely made his “mark” in the horror genre, but going back to the Raggity Ann Doll, would enjoyed seeing a lot more of the doll during the movie

  5. I was curious why the name of the director wasn’t mentioned so I looked him up on IMDB. All I have to say is this: Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and Butterfly Effect 2. Yeeeah, no.

    • Those movies were so long ago! This director is the same Director of Photography that worked on the last like 6 Wan movies including The Conjuring. In my opinion the way the movie looked and the feel of the Conjuring was what made it so great! I think this is a great move on James’ part and they couldn’t have gotten a better person!

  6. Think you meant properly compensate…

    • Yes, that’s exactly what I meant. The error has been fixed, and thanks for the heads up.


    Yeah that lame plot point…


    Last minute of the movie “OMG I’LL DO THE EXORCISM.” Rips open shirt to reveal crucifix like some kinda g***** superman.

    Stupid movie.