After losing its previous Halloween 2015 release date, Variety reports The Conjuring 2 has resurfaced in a new, less-spooky season. The horror sequel will now open on June 10, 2016, a date that echoes the original’s July 2013 launch.
The move was apparently necessary to bring original Conjuring director James Wan back into the fold as part of a larger deal with New Line. After making a name for himself with the Insidious and Saw franchises as a go-to horror director, the director had moved on to the action genre; Wan directed next year’s Furious 7.
Wan has returned to his roots with The Conjuring 2, and his time away from horror helped him figure out how to break back in. “It was during the editing of Fast & Furious 7 that my brain started sparking ideas for The Conjuring sequel,” Wan said in a previous statement. “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 and Lorraine Warren and expand on this world we’ve created.”
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