The Conjuring 2 was originally set to open in time for Halloween next year, arriving on October 23, 2015. Now that Jem and the Holograms is also occupying that slot, Warner Bros. has delayed their sequel to director James Wan's 2013 hit The Conjuring, moving it to an unspecified release date in 2016.
The Conjuring 2 will reportedly continue the adventures of real-life paranormal investigators Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) as they take on a new case. The spinoff Annabelle came out earlier this month, and while it wasn't a hit with critics it has already pulled in $37 million against a $6 million budget. There are no plans for a sequel at this moment.
Right now, The Conjuring 2 does not have a set director. Writers of the original Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes will return.
Studios are working hard to find a horror franchise to release annually on Halloween. It's unclear if Annabelle will take this position vacated by the now defunct Saw and the Paranormal Activity series, which has been moved to what is considered the more lucrative month of January. Its believed that Jem and the Holograms, while not a horror movie, is being positioned for October to present a flashy, trashy alternative to The Rocky Horror Picture Show for teens.