Although The Conjuring was pretty good for what it was, the spin-off that it spawned - Annabelle - was pretty uninspired and flat.
Yet, sure enough, the film made a small fortune for the studio - $256.9 million off of a $6.5 million budget. So, if you're asking yourself as to why there's even a need for Annabelle sequel, there's your answer right there.
Cold hard cash.
However, there might be a bit of hope with this particular instance of corporate thinking as David F. Sandberg, who directed the critically-lauded horror Lights Out, is jumping behind the camera for the Annabelle sequel. The press release we received from Warner Bros. gave us a few plot details.
Essentially, a dollmaker and his wife welcome in a nun (we're guessing it's the same one from The Conjuring 2) and a group of orphans who've been recently displaced after their orphanage was closed. Once in the house, they all become targets of the demonically-possessed doll and all hell breaks loose and yada, yada, yada.
The big takeaway here is David F. Sandberg moving closer to a larger budget and, if Lights Out is anything to go by, that really can't come quick enough. Lights Out is currently sitting on a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and we're hopeful as can be that it lives up to the expectations.
Lights Out won't Irish cinemas until August 19th of this year whilst Annabelle 2 is scheduled for a May 2017 release.