New Line Cinema is staffed by a bunch of crafty bastards...and Jason Blum knows how to work a hype angle...but that shouldn't be news to anyone in the horror genre...especially these days. [Annabelle](movie:1217914) has done unapologetically well at the box office, netting close to $167M worldwide, and will be released in Mexico this coming week.
Because of this, Warner Bros. is moving New Line’s sequel The Conjuring 2, out of its Oct. 23, 2015 spot into 2016. In place of Conjuring 2‘s old spot, Warner Bros./New Line will be releasing an untitled horror film on Oct. 23.
Moving release dates on films that haven't even begun production isn't news...is it? Well, in this case, it might be. Im' also always way more excited about NEW projects that aren't sequels.
But what will be replacing The Conjuring 2 in that now vacant October 23rd release date, you might ask? WELL, Deadline reports that Phil Claydon’s Crawlspace, which stars Bates Motel‘s Michael Vartan as a widower who moves into a seemingly perfect new home with his daughter and new wife, (we all know how that ends in a Blumhouse production) OR could it be Superstition, the Blumhouse-360 Film production that New Line acquired back in June; its first original pickup in eight years. Superstition's plotline revolves around a family that moves into a house that was once the site of a witch’s execution....which also sounds like a reboot of The Conjuring's storyline now doesn't it?
NOW, as far as a predictable replacement for The Conjuring sequel goes, my money is on Superstition. But I might also be leaning for the film that actually sounds like it might be interesting...but interesting might be a bit generous in this case.