The “Conjuring” sequel had originally been set for a pre-Halloween release on Oct. 23, 2015, but New Line decided last month to move it back to 2016.
The Warner Bros. division tapped James Wan to return to direct the sequel last month and signed him to a first-look deal.
New Line scored a massive surprise hit last year with Wan directing the first supernatural thriller, which opened last year on July 19 and amassed about $320 million in worldwide box office on a $20 million budget.
Set in Rhode Island in 1971, “The Conjuring” was based on the work of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively). Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor played the father and mother of a family of five girls which was terrorized inside a haunted house.
Wan also produced “Annabelle,” a spin-off from “The Conjuring,” which has grossed over $240 million.
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New Line topper Toby Emmerich told Variety last year that “Conjuring 2” would tap into a similar vein as the first film, which largely avoided conventional horror film ploys while exploring demonic possession.
“The Conjuring 2” is the third title to land on the 2016 date, joining Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 2” and Sony’s videogame adaptation “Uncharted.”