After The Conjuring’s‘s release last year, director James Wan announced that he was taking an extended hiatus from the horror genre, and his next directorial effort will be quite a departure for the man who gave us films like Saw and Insidious. 2015 marks the release of Fast & Furious 7, which the Australian filmmaker directed.
But it looks like that hiatus isn’t going to last very long, as Deadline just broke the news that Wan will be returning to the director’s chair for The Conjuring 2, the first official sequel to 2013’s box office hit.
Wan has closed a big deal with New Line Cinema, the site reports, and The Conjuring 2 will begin production next summer. The sequel is expected to haunt theaters sometime in 2016.
As part of the deal, the filmmaker will also produce a handful of upcoming genre flicks for New Line, described as modest budget films in the science fiction, horror, and comedy genres. Wan of course produced the recent hit Annabelle, which served as a spin-off of The Conjuring.
“It was during the editing of Fast & Furious 7 that my brain started sparking ideas for The Conjuring sequel,” Wan said. “Taking a break from horror has allowed me to be creatively rejuvenated. I’m excited to tell the story of the next case-file of Ed & Lorraine Warren and expand on this world we’ve created.”
Welcome back, sir. It’s like you never even left!