Gary Dauberman, the writer behind the Annabelle movies, will make his directorial debut with an untitled Annabelle project, the newest installment of New Line’s horror franchise based on a devil doll from the Conjuring cinematic universe.
The project, which Dauberman is also penning, will once again be produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster and the Peter Safran Co., the banners that produced what has become a billion-dollar franchise and among the most profitable movies ever made.
Details are being kept secret, but the story will once again focus on the porcelain doll that is possessed by a demonic force.
John R. Leonetti directed the first Annabelle movie, initially a spinoff from The Conjuring, while David F. Sandberg, who is now helming Shazam!, directed the prequel, Annabelle: Creation. After the prequel was a hit, it was apparent that New Line had another franchise on its hands.
The new Annabelle installment is on the fast track for New Line, which has set the film’s release for July 3, 2019.
Dauberman has been a key player in the Conjuring universe. In addition to penning both 2014's Annabelle and 2017's Creation (which grossed $257 million and $306.5 million worldwide on $5 million and $15 million budgets, respectively), he also wrote The Nun, the latest entry that New Line will open Sept. 7.
The scribe also worked on It, New Line’s surprise hit adaptation of the 1986 Stephen King novel, and is working on the follow-up, It: Chapter 2. Among other projects, Dauberman is writing and producing a big-screen take on the horror anthology series Are You Afraid of the Dark? for Paramount.
Atomic Monster is in postproduction on The Nun and is also producing the horror pic The Children, on which Dauberman is a producer. Safran is working with Wan as a producer on Aquaman and is also producing Shazam!
Dauberman is repped by ICM Partners, Lars Theriot of Industry Entertainment and Eric Suddleson of Felker Toczek. Wan is repped by Paradigm, Stacey Testro International and attorney David Fox.