James Wan Returns For 'The Conjuring 2'

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.

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