Following the surprise announcement that New Line has pushed the sequel to The Conjuring from its 2015 calendar, we now know the reason why: Deadline reports James Wan has closed a deal to direct the follow-up to his 2013 horror film, with production set to begin next summer.
The agreement includes a first-looking producing deal for the director, whose credits include Saw, Insidious and Fast & Furious 7; he also produced the Conjuring spinoff Annabelle. Wan will develop "modest budget" horror, sci-fi and comedy projects for the Warner Bros. subsidiary.
“It was during the editing of Fast & Furious 7 that my brain started sparking ideas for The Conjuring sequel,” Wan said in a 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.”
The Conjuring 2 is now set for release sometime in 2016.