She's back! Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema's Annabelle 2, with David F. Sandberg (upcoming Lights Out) helming the follow up to 2014's hugely successful Annabelle, which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on The Conjuring movies.
In New Line Cinema's Annabelle 2, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle. Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle. Filming is taking place in Los Angeles.
The film stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (upcoming Ouija 2, Deliver Us from Evil), Philippa Anne Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (Foxcatcher, The Last Witch Hunter), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV's Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (Showtime's Homeland, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy). It isn't known how long principal photography will take on this sequel. The original movie was produced on just a $6.5 million budget, but it isn't known how much the sequel will cost to produce.
Collaborating with Sandberg behind-the-scenes from his Lights Out team are production designer Jennifer Spence and editor Michel Aller, joined by director of photography Maxime Alexandre (The Other Side of the Door) and costume designer Leah Butler (Paranormal Activity 3 & 4"). Annabelle 2 is a New Line Cinema presentation, an Atomic Monster/Safran Company production. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Annabelle 2 has been given a May 19, 2017 release date, putting it up against Paramount's Baywatch and Open Road Films' The Nut Job 2. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates on Annabelle 2 as production continues. This sequel starting production comes just weeks after The Conjuring 2 opened in theaters, which has already taken in $245 million worldwide after just a few weeks in theaters.