'The Conjuring' Sequel Gets Release Date

According to "The Hollywood Reporter," New Line and Warner Bros. have announced "The Conjuring 2" will open Oct. 23, 2015. The movie is a sequel to last summer's paranormal horror hit, focusing on a case from famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren (and uncle/aunt to John Zaffis). Additionally, New Line/Warner has Oct. 3 2015 slotted for another untitled horror film, which THR speculates might be "Annabelle," "The Conjuring" spinoff movie, which we reported on back in November.

Of course, this would be a potentially cool, and potentially risky, move for Warner to release two movies from the same franchise in the same month. But currently, the studios don't have a lot of scary competition that month, aside from Guillermo Del Toro's gothic horror "Crimson Peak," which opens Oct. 16, 2015.

Also, details emerged last August that the sequel -- which was greenlit swiftly after the first movie picked up $41 million its opening weekend -- would send the Warrens to England. That may remain true, but it would appear James Wan will not be returning to helm the next installment. In fact, there isn't yet any director announced for the film.

-Aaron Sagers