A few months back, we brought you the news that both The Conjuring 2 and its spinoff film concerning Annabelle the evil doll were in jeopardy of not being made, due to a lawsuit filed against Warner Bros. The suit alleged that Warners failed to improperly compensate Evergreen Media Studios, the company through which the contents of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s case files were licensed for use in The Conjuring. While the dispute has yet to be solved, it appears that Warner Bros. still plans to go full steam ahead with both films, lawsuit pending or not.
Fittingly, the Annabelle-related spin-off film has officially been titled Annabelle and will, as previously reported, be released October 3, 2014. This will put Annabelle in direct theatrical competition with the David Fincher directed mystery Gone Girl and the Reese Witherspoon fronted Oscar-bait drama The Good Lie.
Modestly budgeted at only $20 million, The Conjuring was one of the most profitable films of 2013, raking in over $300 million worldwide. With that in mind, it’s not hard to see why Warners is opting to push ahead with the franchise despite a potential court battle. Of course, if past is prologue, this conflict will likely end up like most Hollywood rights disputes: a settlement will be reached that makes both parties even more insanely rich.
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