Thus far, the timeline for The Conjuring Universe is kind of all over the place. Conjuring 2 takes place after The Conjuring, but the first Annabelle is set before both of them; and Annabelle: Creation was the earliest established point in the continuity up until the release of The Nun. It's pretty clear that any of the stories in this franchise can be set at any time, which is why it's interesting to note where Gary Dauberman's upcoming Annabelle 3 takes place in relation to the other stories, which the writer/director recently revealed:
Annabelle 3, which doesn't have an official title yet, is set to be the next Conjuring Universe movie that goes into production, and Gary Dauberman, who wrote the first two Annabelle spin-offs, will be making his directorial debut with the horror feature. Back in July during San Diego Comic-Con we learned that the film was going to take place in the Warren's artifact museum, but that didn't fully clear up when the movie would be set. Fortunately, Dauberman was happy to reveal that info during an interview last week.
The filmmaker spoke quite a bit about his vision for Annabelle 3, and even noted how his work on The Nun (which he also wrote) inspired his approach. While there has been a lot of talk about how the latest release is atmospherically different than any previous Conjuring Universe title, primarily thanks to the very different setting, the screenwriter found that the production experience in Romania had him very much missing home, which bled into his Annabelle 3 script. Said Dauberman,
Reading this description, you may rightfully now be asking yourself: does this mean that we can expect Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson's Lorraine and Ed Warren in Annabelle 3? I asked Gary Dauberman exactly that, and while he didn't take the possibility off the table, he also didn't mention whether or not it was something that was going to happen:
Annabelle 3 is going into production next month in Los Angeles, and be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for all the latest updates.
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