The original Conjuring spin-off Annabelle was a massive world-wide financial success (earning over $256,000,000), but was less successful with critics and fans. When the inevitable sequel was announced, most discerning horror fans were not very interested, until director David F. Sandberg came on board the project. Sandberg impressed many horror fans with his debut feature Lights Out which became one of the sleeper hits of the summer movie season of 2016, and it looks as if history will repeat itself this summer on August 11th when Annabelle: Creation is released. David took some time from a busy promotional schedule to talk to us about his current film, what he learned from Lights Out, and his upcoming DC Universe film Shazam (scheduled for a 2019 release.)
Swedish director David Sandberg is on the fast track to becoming a major force in Hollywood. First, his film Lights Out earned nearly $149 million worldwide on a budget of just $4.9 million. His next film, this summer’s highly-anticipated Annabelle 2, has dollar signs written all over it (the first Annabelle earned almost $257 million worldwide on a $6.5 million budget). And now he’s in talks to break into the highly lucrative world of big budget superhero movies!