Back in June, production got rolling on Annabelle 2, New Line's upcoming horror sequel that continues the story of the iconic doll from The Conjuring. We haven't seen or heard much since then, but earlier today, director David F. Sandberg sent out a first look photo, which finds the director setting the doll in place. He also announced that the first "announcement trailer" for the sequel will arrive tomorrow.
Annabelle 2 follows a dollmaker and his wife, who welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, several years after the tragic death of their little girl. The nun and these girls soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle. The director revealed the first photo on Twitter, although we don't know if he will be debuting the new trailer on Twitter himself.
David F. Sandberg is directing from a script by Gary Dauberman, the original Annabelle writer. This horror sequel marks David F. Sandberg's follow-up to this summer's hit thriller Lights Out. The cast includes Miranda Otto, Anthony LaPaglia, Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Samara Lee and Tayler Buck.
New Line Cinema has set a May 19, 2017 release date for this horror sequel, which will go up against a number of summer heavy hitters. The sequel will arrive alongside the highly-anticipated Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson, the animated sequel The Nut Job 2 and the family sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. While this horror sequel may not earn as much as those other movies, it may still be one of the most profitable movies of summer 2017.
The original Annabelle was one of the most profitable movies of 2014, pulling in $84.2 million domestically and $172.6 million internationally for $256.8 million worldwide, from just a $6.5 million budget. No budget figures were given for Annabelle 2, so we'll have to wait and see if it will be as profitable as its predecessor. Take a look at the first look photo from Annabelle 2, and check back tomorrow for the first trailer.