Personally, I’m a bit concerned about how the third Annabelle film is going to turn out. For one, the Conjuring spinoff series has been quite mixed so far, with 2014’s first Annabelle movie being awful, and 2017’s Annabelle: Creation being quite good.
The major thing those two films had in common though, outside of the titular evil doll of course, is that they both made a boatload of money for Warner Bros. Combined, Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation have earned more than $560 million worldwide.
Considering how good Annabelle: Creation turned out, I’m certainly willing to give Annabelle 3 a chance, which has finally been assigned an official title of Annabelle Comes Home. I do kinda wish that director David F. Sandberg had come back though.
Sandberg has moved on to bigger things, directing the DCEU comic book movie Shazam!, set to release next month. Directing Annabelle Comes Home will be Gary Dauberman, writer of all three Annabelle installments, in his directorial debut.
Annabelle Comes Home will mercifully not be yet another retcon of Annabelle’s origin story, and will be set around the time of the first Conjuring film, when the Warrens first captured the demonic doll and stowed her away for safe-keeping in their vault.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as Ed and Lorraine, while Captain Marvel’s McKenna Grace assumes the role of their daughter Judy, the target of Annabelle’s diabolical overtures this time out. Annabelle Comes Home to theaters on June 28th.