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."