New Line Cinema to release annual horror movie every September through 2022

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Jan 25, 2021, 3:50 PM EST (Updated)

Thanks to the popularity of James Wan's The Conjuring, and its shared cinematic universe, New Line Cinema is staking its claim to dominate the post-Labor Day box office all the way through 2022. 

In a press release earlier today, New Line outlined its four-year plan, starting in 2019 with the highly anticipated IT: Chapter Two, which follows a grown-up Losers Club as they return to Derry to face off against Pennywise once and for all. 

In 2020, a new untitled Conjuring film will hit theaters. There are no shortage of options as far as where this could take place in the Conjuring timeline, but James Wan did just pass the reins of the main trilogy to upcoming director Michael Chaves, which makes a third film for the main trilogy a definite possibility. The Crooked Man, which has been on the backburner of the Conjuring Universe, could also be placed in that 2020 slot if New Line decides to make us hold out a little longer for the return of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Untitled New Line Horror films are also set for release on Sept. 10, 2021, and Sept. 9, 2022. Since the press release doesn't label these dates for Conjuring entries, they may prove to be openings for other projects James Wan and his team are cooking up over at Atomic Monster. Other horror projects that Atomic Monster — which so far has had all of its productions co-produced by New Line — has lined up are: a remake of Arachnophobia, an adaptation of James Wan's graphic novel Malignant Man, the killer doll movie M3GAN, the recently announced Milk, and an adaptation of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers

Whatever ends up being announced for those dates, it's clear that New Line has a big stake in horror, and, given their track record, we couldn't be luckier.