The director of Annabelle: Creation has confirmed on social media that the forthcoming movie will indeed link directly to its predecessor and that timeline, making The Conjuring yet another shared universe for audiences to enjoy.
The 2014 film Annabelle was a prequel or spinoff to The Conjuring and the second film in what has now become a profitable franchise. It showed the way in which the creepy doll (based on the real-life toy) became a vessel of evil and how it terrorized a family in a 1960s apartment building. By the end of the story, all outstanding events were supposedly wrapped up, and the doll was imprisoned in the Warren's museum. Many fans may have wondered how there could be a sequel using the word Creation when there had already been a definitive origin story.
It seems that this puzzler hasn't been ignored by the director of the forthcoming film David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), who posted some comments on social media (via Twitter), which seemed to be in response to those very concerns. He stated:
"Annabelle Creation fits into the timeline even though we saw the doll get possessed in the first film. Exactly how spoils the end though ... You don’t need to have seen the first Annabelle to enjoy/understand Creation but you’ll get a little extra out of the ending if you have."
The original film was not well-liked by the critics, but it was very profitable. So the announcement of the sequel back in 2015 wasn't a huge surprise. Since then, after Sandberg was attached to the movie and the new title was confirmed, fans were curious as to where the story would now go. A creepy trailer was released in April and certainly seemed to continue the eerie vibe of the franchise. The film stars Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) and talented young actress Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil ). From the synopsis released and the trailer footage, it seemed that the plot would focus more on the doll-maker and how Annabelle came into being in the first place, rather than the hauntings that took place in the first film.
The Conjuring franchise is still expanding with The Nun being released next year, so at least it's encouraging that Sandberg has seen fit to acknowledge any concerns, and that some thought has been given to link the various narratives together. No doubt, someone is sitting somewhere in a Warner Bros. office with a complicated chart detailing how the various Conjuring films connect. Sandberg showed real flair with Lights Out, and the first trailer was encouraging, so hopefully the film will answer any doubts and chill plenty of spines when it opens in August.
Annabelle: Creation is released on August 11, 2017.
Source: David F. Sandberg
- Annabelle: Creation (2017) release date: Aug 11, 2017
- The Nun (2018) release date: Sep 07, 2018