New Line has moved back its “Conjuring” sequel to 2016 and replaced it with an untitled horror film for a pre-Halloween release on Oct. 23, 2015.
The Warner Bros. division had announced in February that it had dated “The Conjuring 2” for the 2015 opening with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga returning to star. The sequel does not have a director yet and hasn’t been set for a specific release date in 2016.
New Line scored a massive surprise hit last year with James Wan’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring,” which amassed about $320 million in worldwide box office on a $20 million budget.
New Line topper Toby Emmerich told Variety last year that “Conjuring 2” would tap a similar vein as the first film, which largely avoided conventional horror film ploy while exploring demonic possession.
Set in Rhode Island in 1971, the story is based on the work of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren — portrayed by Wilson and Farmiga. Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor played the father and mother of the five Perron girls who were terrorized by the haunted house.
New Line has seen “Annabelle,” a $6 million spin-off based on a possessed doll introduced in “The Conjuring,” pull in impressive grosses in three weeks with a worldwide total of $166 million.
Universal has also slotted its “Jem and the Holograms” movie for release on Oct. 23, 2015.