Gary Dauberman to write and direct new Annabelle movie

Gary Dauberman to write and direct new Annabelle movie

Gary Dauberman is set to write and direct the third instalment of the 'Annabelle' franchise.

The American moviemaker - who wrote 2017's 'Annabelle: Creation' - has been invited to return to the horror series, with the eagerly awaited untitled project set to mark his directorial debut.

The original 'Annabelle' was a spin-off of 'The Conjuring', but it has since emerged as a hugely profitable standalone franchise.

The most recent movie in the series was 'Annabelle: Creation' - which was directed by David F. Sandberg - but Dauberman is now poised to be handed even more responsibility, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Although details of the new movie are once again being kept a secret, it will still centre on a doll that is possessed by an evil force.

Meanwhile, Dauberman - who also co-wrote 'It' in 2017 - previously revealed the keys to the success of 'Annabelle'.

The acclaimed filmmaker explained he doesn't want to rely on the iconic, terrifying doll too much in his movies.

He explained: "You try not to use her too much as a crutch. Less is more is the strategy."

Dauberman revealed he tries to use Annabelle sparingly, suggesting it creates a more dramatic impact.

He shared: "It's amazing how you can cut away from her sitting in a chair and you get this reaction from the audience. It's the power of Annabelle ... she's a great exclamation point to a lot of scenes."

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