Things are about to get scary for the studios and filmmakers behind The Conjuring franchise, but it has nothing to do with ghosts this time. Watch out James Wan, Leigh Whannel, and Warner Brothers... THE LAWYERS ARE COMING!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the people behind The Conjuring, its eventual sequel, and spin-off [Annabelle](movie:1217914), are currently engaged in a string of lawsuits so complicated and so elaborate, that I won't even try to explain all of them here. If you want to read all of the details, you can click the link to the THR article above or check out the actual lawsuit for yourself here. However, I will try to boil this down for you.
The original producer behind the concept for The Conjuring, Tony Derosa-Grund, was friends with Ed and Lorraine Warren and asked them for the franchise rights to their cases, which they gave him. However, Derose-Grund was forced to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy (personal asset bankruptcy), at which point New Line Cinema stepped in and, in the guise of a hero, offered to buy the rights to the Warren's case files while keeping Derosa-Grund on as producer.
From there, things have gone consistently downhill between Derosa-Grund and New Line Cinema. Derosa-Grund claims New Line has cut him out of profits (a claimed $2.8 million), decision-making, and sequel rights. In the newest complaint filed against WB and New Line, Derosa-Grund wants an injunction filed so Annabelle can not be released until the case is settled, which seems unlikely in the near future as multiple cases are currently before both judges and arbitrators. Derosa-Grund also demands that all pre-production halt on The Conjuring 2: Enfield until some agreement is reached, as the Enfield case is part of the original collection purchased from the Warrens.
So whether or not you see [Annabelle](movie:1217914) on October 3 all depends on what a judge decides when Derosa-Grund's case makes it way to the courts!