Warner Bros. hopes to capture spooky summer success once again with its sequel to 2013’s “The Conjuring.” The studio has set a release date for the film, putting it smack in the middle of the warm season on June 10, 2016.
The original film came out on July 19, 2013, which struck many as odd since the prime placement for a horror flick is in the fall to capture some of the Halloween hype. Still, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film was a huge box-office success, raking in $318 million from a $20 million budget. “The Conjuring” became one of the must-see movies of the summer. It even spawned the recent spinoff titled “Annabelle,” which Variety reports has grossed $206.9 million since opening Oct. 3.
The sequel to last summer’s fright fest will be titled “The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist.” As Deadline notes, the original plan was not to duplicate the summer release of the first film. The film was reportedly scheduled for release on Oct. 23, 2015, but it was pushed back in favor of a yet unnamed horror film from New Line.
As of now, there are no details about the "Enfield Poltergeist” plot. But the movie will bring back “The Conjuring” cast members Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The duo is based on a real-life couple by the same name who investigated paranormal activity throughout the country. One of their most disturbing cases took place at a house in Enfield, England, in the 1970s. According to reports from The Daily Mail, mother of four Peggy Hodgson called the police after her children reported seeing furniture violently flying about the house on its own. When police couldn't help, she turned to the Warrens, who diagnosed demonic activity and possession and documented many more ghostly incidents.
“The Enfield Poltergeist” will go up against “Now You See Me 2” and “Uncharted,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to Wilson and Farmiga, the sequel will bring back director James Wan and screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes.