“The Conjuring 2” won't be haunting Halloween 2015 after all.
The horror sequel has been booted from its October 23, 2015 release date into 2016, according to Deadline. Another as-yet-unnamed Warner Bros./New Line horror film will take up residency in that slot instead; potential contenders include “Crawlspace” starring Michael Vartan and witch-themed horror film “Superstition” from writer/directors Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing.
There's still no word on whether original director James Wan will return to helm the followup, though it could be speculated that the studio pushed back the release date in order to accommodate his schedule (he's currently readying “Fast and Furious 7,” which is slated to hit screens next April). Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who starred as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in the first film, are slated to reprise their roles in the sequel.
“The Conjuring” has proven to be big business for WB/New Line: the first film grossed over $318 million worldwide off a $20 million budget, while its recent spinoff “Annabelle” has taken in more than $167 million since its release earlier this month.
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