In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Christopher McQuarrie offers an update on Edge of Tomorrow 2.
- Christopher McQuarrie also says a Mission: Impossible spin-off about Isla Faust is unlikely.
- Kristen Bell helped shape her character’s story in Frozen 2.
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is now opening a week early.
- Mckenna Grace joins the cast of Annabelle 3.
- Macaulay Culkin would very much like to be in a Fantastic Beasts sequel.
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You can’t keep a good killer doll down, and Annabelle is coming back for round three. First introduced in The Conjuring and given her own prequel in 2014’s Annabelle and a prequel to the prequel in 2017’s Annabelle Creation, the cursed doll is finally moving to the future in her third outing. And Gary Dauberman, a writer and producer with plenty of experience in bringing the Conjuring universe to life, will make his debut behind the camera.
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The evil Annabelle doll will be coming back to haunt us in 2019. New Line Cinema has set a 2019 release date for Annabelle 3, which will be helmed by It co-writer and Annabelle writer Gary Dauberman.
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(This review originally ran following an early screening at Comic-Con. Annabelle: Creation is in theaters today.)
While sequels tend to have trouble measuring up to the originals, in the horror world, there are plenty of occasions in which a follow-up, no matter how deep into the franchise fans have gone, turns out to be a surprisingly satisfying entry into its canon. In the case of Annabelle: Creation, we’re handed a sequel that runs circles around the original, both as a quality film and as a gruesome, terrifying piece of horror storytelling.
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We’re still a couple months out from Halloween, but the folks at Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line want to get the scares started early by expanding The Conjuring cinematic universe.
Annabelle revealed more of the story behind a possessed doll that was first introduced in The Conjuring in 2013, but it wasn’t quite up to snuff with the kind of terror that director James Wan had delivered before. Maybe that’s because the spin-off was rushed into production after the success of The Conjuring, leaving little time for writer Gary Dauberman to craft a truly compelling and scary horror film. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the new prequel, Annabelle: Creation.
Get a taste of the scares in store for audiences with some new Annabelle: Creation clips below. Read More »
Members of the /Film staff spent much of the past week in San Diego to cover Comic-Con 2017, the enormous convention that explores every single corner of the geek world (and surely you’ve heard of it and already knew that). We saw footage from Marvel’s upcoming movies, including Avengers: Infinity War. We were able to listen to Steven Spielberg talk about Ready Player One. We explored the world of Blade Runner 2049 in a special VR experience. We watched 7,000 people go totally nuts over the first trailer for Stranger Things season 2.
But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve compiled all of our Comic-Con coverage from the past week into one handy post, organized by category. So please: peruse and enjoy and get your fix.
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Because everything needs to be explained to death nowadays, we’re getting Annabelle: Creation, the origin story of the possessed doll that made its debut in The Conjuring before getting its own spin-off in 2014.
Continuing to expand the mythology of the supernatural, paranormal activity investigated by Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren, Annabelle: Creation shows us how this creepy doll came to be possessed by some kind of evil spirit, tricking a couple grief stricken by the loss of their daughter to transfer a demon into the old fashioned toy. In an attempt to pay for their mistake, they shelter a group of orphan girls, one of who becomes the next target for Annabelle.
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Even though The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle showed us one of the earlier supernatural frights created by the doll that eventually ends up in the hands of paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren, we still don’t know much about where the creepy toy came from. But we’ll find out late this summer.
Annabelle: Creation will take us back even further into the history of the possessed doll with Lights Out director David F. Sandberg bringing us the origin story of how this doll became evil and who it terrorized first.
Watch the Annabelle Creation trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
2014’s Annabelle was no great shakes, trading the artfully crafted tension and atmosphere of The Conjuring for cheap scares lifted from other, better movies. But it did make a lot of money: $256 million, to be precise, which is all the more impressive when you realize it cost just $6.5 million to make. So of course there was going to be a sequel.
Annabelle 2 is directed by Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg, who just made his feature film debut with Lights Out. Miranda Otto, Anthony LaPaglia, and Stephanie Sigman star in the horror sequel, which has just revealed its first promo. Watch the Annabelle 2 teaser trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Fred Topel
We had a one-on-one interview with MacGyver pilot director and executive producer James Wan and showrunner Peter Lenkov before their Television Critics Association panel. In the time between the interview and panel, news broke that the villain of Wan’s Aquaman movie would be Black Manta. After the panel, I asked Wan about choosing Black Manta for the villain.
“I want to know where Wrap got that piece of news from,” Wan laughed. “Come on, I can’t talk about this.” Read More »