Gary Dauberman will return to pen "Annabelle 2," the sequel to the first "Annabelle" film, which was loosely based a case solved by real-life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren. According to TrackingBoard, "The Conjuring's" James Wan will produce; Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada will oversee for New Line.
Like "The Conjuring," "Annabelle" had roots in reality. According to the Warrens’ official site, Annabelle was supposedly a girl who died on land that became an apartment building, and was thought to inhabit a woman’s Raggedy Ann doll. It allegedly would move around the house and leave notes, but seemed mostly benevolent until it attacked a male friend, trying to strangle him once and clawing him another time. The Warrens were called in and deduced that this wasn’t a spirit, but actually a demonic spirit. To keep the young women safe, the Warrens took Annabelle to their own home, where it continued its supernatural feats and resides to this day in a special case.
Directed by John R. Leonetti, the first "Annabelle" film grossed $246 million worldwide.