As The Nun continues to scare audiences worldwide, the next installment in the Conjuring cinematic universe is preparing to begin production next month and has a very interesting point in the film series' timeline.
Gary Dauberman, writer and director of the third Annabelle film, revealed when in the timeline the upcoming horror movie takes place with the surprising revelation that it takes place in between the two main entries of the series.
"This is the Warrens picking up where they bring Annabelle home after we see that in The Conjuring, after they visit the nurses' apartment," explained Dauberman in an interview with Cinema Blend. "It happens a little while after that, so they bring it home and they're aware of the doll's evil, and sort of worry about her presence among the other artifacts. So before Conjuring 2, after [the first] Conjuring."
With 2013's The Conjuring taking place mainly in 1971 and its 2016 sequel beginning in 1976, this gives an approximate five-year window for the upcoming spinoff to take place. It is unclear if Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will return to reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren or even what the final title of the sequel is but Dauberman has hinted at the film's themes.
"It's sort of bringing the franchise back home and then bringing in sort of the idea of a horror movie happening inside the Warren's house where there's this room in their basement that houses all these kinds of evil and horror," elaborated Dauberman. "We kind of have a lot of fun and a lot of scares with that."
The third Annabelle film is written and directed by Gary Dauberman and expected to begin principal photography next month. It is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2019.