Warner Bros. started developing a sequel to The Conjuring before the first movie opened. That bet paid off when The Conjuring grossed over $300 million worldwide. After two weeks, The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle has already reached $166 million worldwide. The studio, who must be thrilled with the new horror franchise, had scheduled The Conjuring 2 for October 23, 2015 with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga set to return as the paranormal investigators. However, Warner Bros. pumped the brakes a bit, delaying The Conjuring 2 to 2016.
In a corresponding move, Warner Bros. scheduled a untitled horror film from New Line in its place on October 23, 2015. Deadline speculates the unspecified project could be 1) Crawlspace, starring Michael Vartan as a widower who moves into a house troubled by “a very disturbing secret from the past” or, 2) Superstition, set at “a house that was once the site of a witch’s execution.”