James Wan will scare the bejeezus out of audiences again, as Deadline reports the director will return to helm "The Conjuring 2."

Wan directed the first "Conjuring" flick, which was a hit for New Line, and execs were eager to bring him back for the follow-up. The sequel is set to begin production next summer, with an eye for a 2016 release. (The original fall 2015 release schedule was bumped to accommodate Wan's "Fast & Furious 7," which was delayed in the aftermath of star Paul Walker's sudden death in November 2013.)

"It was during the editing of 'Fast & Furious 7' that my brain started sparking ideas for 'The Conjuring' sequel," Wan told Deadline. "Taking a break from horror has allowed me to be creatively rejuvenated. I'm excited to tell the story of the next case-file of Ed & Lorraine Warren and expand on this world we've created."

And Wan's involvement with New Line, a division of Warner Bros., doesn't stop there. He's also signed a production deal with the studio, and may be in line to direct one of the many planned DC Comics superhero flicks due to hit theaters in the next few years.

"James will make an important movie for New Line and Warner Bros or DC, and that is definitely part of the plan, and a reason for bringing him into the family," New Line president/COO Toby Emmerich told Deadline. "He's the only overall director with a deal here, because we see him as a class of one."

Sounds like a scary good deal.

[via: Deadline]

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