The Conjuring franchise, currently five films deep, is perhaps the only one with more prequels than sequels and, thus, has a somewhat challenging timeline to follow. The first two Conjuring films (released in 2013 and 2016) take place in succession, but the two Annabelle spinoffs are both prequels, as is The Nun, which hit theaters last Friday.
While fans expect The Conjuring 3, set to begin production in 2019 eyeing a 2020 release, to take place after the events of The Conjuring 2, the same cannot be said for Annabelle 3, aiming to haunt theaters sometime in 2019. Screenwriter Gary Dauberman, who wrote Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, is serving double duties on Annabelle 3 as both scribe and director.
Dauberman recently sat down with the folks at CinemaBlend where he revealed the exact spot on The Conjuring timeline where Annabelle 3 will take place:
“This is the Warrens picking up where they bring Annabelle home after we see that in The Conjuring after they visit the nurses’ apartment. 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 beginning of] Conjuring.”
Nah, not confusing a bit!
Dauberman considers Annabelle 3 a homecoming of sorts, not just for the diminutive devil doll, but for The Conjuring franchise as a whole:
“It’s really bringing Annabelle back home, and sort of the franchise to a degree after going… I was out there in Romania for a couple months making [The Nun], you know, you get homesick from being away from family, and that really kind of informed my creative direction for this movie. It’s the artifact room; it’s the Warren’s house so it’s sort of in suburbia… For me, 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. So we kind of have a lot of fun and a lot of scares with that.”
We’ll keep you up-to-date on all Conjuring universe news as details emerge. If you haven’t seen The Nun, which just enjoyed a record-breaking opening weekend, check out the synopsis and trailer below.
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.