Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring franchise, along with its various sequels and spinoffs, has made over $900 million and counting for the studio. In 1980, Gerald Brittle published a book about the cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren, entitled The Demonologist. Brittle claims that his agreement with The Warrens in 1978 included a “no competing work” provision which is still in effect today. The Hollywood Reporter has published portions of a 335 page amended complaint which Brittle filed against Warner Bros. in Virginia federal court on Wednesday. The complaint seeks $900 million in damages, and it alleges that Warner Bros. knowingly created the franchise under permission by Lorraine Warren when it was actually Brittle’s permission the studio needed to move forward. Furthermore, Brittle claims that the studio can not claim “fair use” based upon the historical facts of the cases because Brittle alleges that The Warren’s stories are works of fiction.
Despite its 29% score on Rotten Tomatoes and its “B” Cinemascore, Annabelle earned $256.9 million dollars worldwide on a budget of just $6.5 million. While critics noticed a tremendous dip in quality from its source material, James Wan’s The Conjuring, fans all over the world gobbled up this creepy doll story that’s sort-of based on the experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Due to the incredible financial success of the film, New Line Cinema appears to be taking the sequel seriously. They hired David Sandberg (Lights Out) to direct, and Miranda Otto will star in the film. Sandberg has been releasing behind the scenes images to his Instagram account over the past few weeks, and now an official promotional image for the film has been unveiled: read more