Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Gary Dauberman. It is a prequel to 2014’s Annabelle and the fourth film in The Conjuring film series. The film stars Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto and tells the story behind the origin of the possessed Annabelle doll. The film premiered at the LA Film Festival on June 19, 2017, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 11, 2017.
Story: Dollmaker Samuel Mullins and his wife Esther, whose daughter died twelve years earlier, open their home to Sister Charlotte, a nun, and several girls from an orphanage that has been closed. The dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle, sets her sights on the girls, turning their shelter into a storm of terror. In October 2015, it was confirmed that an Annabelle sequel was in development. David F. Sandberg replaced Annabelle‘s John R. Leonetti as the sequel’s director in March 2016. He admitted being a fan of the franchise, especially the first one, since they were “more of a classic, old-school horror movie in many ways.” James Wan and New Line Cinema approached Sandberg to helm the sequel during the post-production on Lights Out after they were impressed by the early cuts of the film. Sandberg and Wan had met each other during production of Lights Out as the movie was produced by Wan’s Atomic Monster Productions. However, Sandberg did not wanted to direct another formulaic horror sequel as was done in the past. But after reading the script and realising how it deviated from the first film, he agreed to direct it. He was attracted to it as it was a stand alone film, as a result of which he had more creative freedom, and the fact that it was a period piece made it more appealing to him. The first film’s screenwriter, Gary Dauberman, returned to write the script, with Peter Safran and James Wan returning to produce. Benjamin Wallfisch composed the film’s score. In March 2017, Sandberg revealed the film would be a prequel to the original Annabelle film entitled Annabelle: Creation.