Annabelle Comes Home Producer Talks Timeline, Story, and the Future of the Conjuring Universe

Everything comes down to Ed and Lorraine Warren's artifact room.

By Chris Morse

Annabelle Comes Home will debut this summer as the third movie in the series and the seventh in the overall Conjuring universe (after The Curse of La Llorona debuts later this month at least). We recently received the first trailer for the new sequel and we now have some additional information on the film from producer Peter Safran, as reported by EW.

With respect to the plot of the third Annabelle movie, Safran added to what we already knew about the story and revealed the following.

This film starts right after the prologue of the first Conjuring. Ed and Lorraine, they bring Annabelle home, they put her in her case. The reason they had to put her in kind of a sanctified case is because she is a beacon for other spirits. We cut to a year later, and she ends up activating a lot of the artifacts that are in the artifact room. It all takes place over the course of one night, involving their daughter Judy, her babysitter, and the babysitter’s best friend.

If you figured that the Warrens’ artifact room might play a bigger role in future Conjuring movies, you may be on to something. The producer also shared the following about what the future may hold with respect to spinoffs and other films.

I think we always knew, basically from the first Conjuring, that the artifact room was going to be a treasure trove for us of stories eventually. It seemed like the most natural way to do it was to tell the story of the most famous member of the artifact room, which is Annabelle, to have her be the catalyst for it. Once we came up with that concept, Gary, James, myself, the studio, everybody just immediately latched onto it as a great way to create some other artifacts that ultimately could have their own life afterwards. As we discovered in Conjuring 2, you never quite know which [has] the spin-off potential. We really, at the time, felt that Crooked Man was going to be the one — and it still might be — but it just turned out that the audience had such a fascination with the Nun, that we felt that was the origin story we had to tell.

In particular, it looks like a sequel to The Nun is coming next, according to additional comments made by Safran to EW, where it is revealed that the team has a story ready and it should be the next to be written.

"I think there is an inevitability to another Nun movie. We have a really fun storyline for that teed up, so I think that that’s the next one that will be written."

Franchise regulars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will reprise their roles of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in Annabelle Comes Home. After the Annabelle doll is brought to their Artifacts Room in an effort to keep it from causing any more harm, it soon sets its sights on their daughter, Judy, forcing her to team up with her babysitter and her best friend to go up against its evil.

Wilson and Farmiga previously appeared in both The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. Judy will be played by Mckenna Grace (The Haunting of Hill House) with Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife also starring. Gary Dauberman wrote the script and will also be making his directorial debut with this project. The film scheduled to hit theaters on June 28th, 2019.

Stay tuned for all the latest on Annabelle Comes Home right here on Dead Entertainment.

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