The unsettling stare of the devious doll known as Annabelle will return to theaters in 2017, as Warner Bros. has announced an official release date for Annabelle 2, and details on the sequel's director have also been revealed.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has slated New Line Cinema's Annabelle 2 for a May 19th, 2017 release. According to Bloody Disgusting, David F. Sandberg, director of the creepy horror short Lights Out, is in talks to direct the sequel.

Sandberg recently worked with New Line Cinema and James Wan's Atomic Monster when he directed a feature-length version of his widely watched short film about a woman haunted by an eerie entity that appears when the lights are shut off.

A spin-off of The Conjuring, the first Annabelle film was released in 2014 and directed by John R. Leonetti. The movie (which grossed about $250 million worldwide) told the backstory of a possessed doll that was eventually encountered by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The plot for the sequel is unknown at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details.

In the meantime, what do you want to see in the sequel? What do you think of Sandberg potentially taking the directing reigns? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Deadline
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