Annabelle Comes Home is the latest installment in the Conjuring franchise, but how much did it cost to make? Kicking off with the original Conjuring film in 2013, the property quickly evolved into a full-blown shared universe with mainline sequels and numerous spinoffs. Annabelle has become a series in its own right, with Creation marking the third standalone for the creepy doll. The previous two films were very successful at the box office, totaling $563.6 million at the worldwide box office.
One of the primary reasons horror has become such a go-to genre for the studios in recent years is because of the low risk involved. These films cost peanuts to make (especially when compared to major tentpoles), meaning they can make their costs back in no time at all. Even the horror films that don't crossover and become substantial hits turn a profit because their budgets are very low. That's been true throughout the Conjuring franchise, and the trend continues with the next Annabelle.
Unfortunately, no official Annabelle Creation budget figure has been listed, so we have to look at the other Conjuring spinoffs to establish a ballpark figure. Here they are:
- Annabelle: $6.5 million
- The Curse of La Llorona: $9 million
- Annabelle: Creation: $15 million
- The Nun: $22 million
With this in mind, a fair range for Annabelle Creation would be $20-25 million. In all likelihood, it will ultimately cost more than the previous Annabelle movies because of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga's involvement. Not that their salaries will make the Creation budget unmanageable, but bringing in the property's two biggest stars will increase the costs somewhat. One also has to factor in the popularity of the Annabelle sub-franchise, as Creation seems like it is a lock commercially. That gives Warner Bros. confidence to raise the budget. Annabelle is no longer an untested spinoff where caution is key (which explains the extremely low cost for the first one). People are probably going to show up for this one, though franchises have had a rough go at it this summer so far.
In all likelihood, Annabelle Creation will be a very profitable endeavor. Not only was the budget low, it gets a jump start on the competition, opening ahead of other horror movies like Midsommar and Crawl. There should be a sizable demand for another Annabelle, especially since it's been about a month since there was a new mainstream horror film on the market (Ma). It's true Child's Play came out this past weekend, but that was more of a niche outing. None of the Chucky movies were as big of hits as the Annabelle films, so it's clear Annabelle is the creepy doll of choice for general audiences.
Did The Magic School Bus kids grow up to become Captain Planet's Planeteers? Captain Planet And the Planeteers is an educational cartoon that debuted in 1990 and was co-created by Ted Turner. The show follows the adventures of the Planeteers, a group of kids from around the globe summoned by Gaia, voiced by Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act), to help fight back against pollution and environmental disasters. Each Planeteer has a magic ring and when they need back-up - which happens quite frequently - they summon superhero Captain Planet to help. The show ran for six seasons and came to an end in 1996.
Various attempts have been made to produce a live-action Captain Planet movie in the years since the show ended, with Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) currently attached to produce the movie. The Magic School Bus is another educational kids show from the 1990s where a teacher named Ms. Frizzle, voiced by Lily Tomlin (Grace And Frankie), takes a class of children on field trips via a magical school bus. This allows them to travel through time, outer space, and other fantastical locations while Ms. Frizzle educates her class on the wonders of science.
The show returned in the form of Netflix's The Magic School Bus Rides Again in 2017, where Ms. Frizzle retires and her younger sister Fiona (Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live) takes over her class. Guest stars on this animated series included Will Arnett and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve). Both Captain Planet And The Planeteers and The Magic School Bus are beloved kids shows from the 1990s, but a dark fan theory suggests they may share the same universe.
The theory goes that The Magic School Bus' Ms. Frizzle is actually Gaia in disguise, and brainwashed the class into becoming Planeteers from a young age. When they were older and she finally needed them she gave them each a special ring. The Planeteers each resemble one of the kids from The Magic School Bus, with Arnold becoming Captain Planet's Wheeler, Wanda Li became Gi and so on. The idea gets even darker since not every kid became a Planeteer. Some of them fought back against Gaia's attempted brainwashing and grew to hate the planet instead, with Ralphie growing up to become Captain Planet villain Hoggish Greedly, voiced by Ed Asher (UP).
While this Magic School Bus/Captain Planet theory is fun, it doesn't hold up under a bright light. Both shows were created by separate creative teams, with Captain Planet being released roughly four years before The Magic School Bus, its supposed prequel. It would also be an uncharacteristically dark twist if Gaia was revealed to be a twisted puppet master behind the scenes. That said, actor and screenwriter Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick), who is writing the Captain Planet movie, has said it will be dark and irreverent, so maybe it will explore this idea after all.
Hot on the heels of the likes of Crash Bandicoot and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, it's all aboard the nostalgia train these days as well-loved titles get a fresh coat of paint and an update for modern consoles. Ape Escape could potentially join those illustrious ranks; the official Sony Japan Twitter follows a user who's tweeted out what looks like a tease for a return to the world of Ape Escape.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Ape Escape franchise, which was well-received both in Japan and in the West when it eventually made its way over here. It's impossible to bring up the PS1 era without thinking of Ape Escape, where the name of the game was to wrangle some wild and wacky apes with a net: think the Rabbids, but decidedly more simian in nature.
TechRadar has now reported on an image doing the rounds on Twitter for Ape Escape's 20th anniversary. The image that's garnering so much hype is a shot of one of the franchise's iconic chimps hiding behind a tree. The user responsible for the tweet, piposaru20th, has been followed by Sony Japan's official Twitter account. Some Ape Escape titles were released in Japan under the Piposaru moniker, so it can be clearly inferred that the anonymous user's Twitter handle is a direct reference to the game, along with how the apes themselves are called Pipo Monkeys. TechRadar notes that the translation of the Japanese text approximates to: "Twenty years from that. I've been running around for a long time, but I wonder if there are any guys out there to chase me...?" This teaser appears to hint at a potential remastered return of Ape Escape, from the high-fidelity shot to what looks like a modern reinterpretation of the monkeys' design.
It's probably smart to take this new information about Ape Escape with a grain of salt. At face value, the tweet from piposaru20th appears to just be a celebration of the game's anniversary. The only conclusive point about the potential legitimacy of what's now being taken as a "leak" is that the official Japanese Sony account follows this otherwise anonymous user.
That being said, consumers are already aware that Sony has been instrumental in the re-release of some smash hits like the Spyro trilogy and Crash Bandicoot recently, and those titles have performed extremely well on current-generation consoles. The revitalization of an iconic franchise like Ape Escape is well within the margins of what the company could have planned for the future.
Disney’s new take on the animated classic The Lion King will include Scar’s iconic song, “Be Prepared.” Following the trend of remakes and live-action versions that has been running in the entertainment industry for years now, Disney is bringing The Lion King back, though not exactly in what can be called a “live-action version.”
Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King is a photorealistic CGI remake, in the style of Favreau's The Jungle Book. The animated version has a special place in the hearts of fans in big part thanks to its memorable soundtrack, with songs by Tim Rice and Elton John, and scored by Hans Zimmer. Among the first questions about this new version was if it would include those songs we all know by heart. Luckily, it does, including Scar’s big musical number.
As reported by Collider, The Lion King soundtrack includes the song “Be Prepared,” performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Although it’s the song we all know, it has been reworked by John himself, as well as the rest of the songs from the original version that are coming back: “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” - these last three produced by Pharrell Williams.
In addition to that, the brand new song by Rice and John that will play during the end credits is titled “Never Too Late,” performed by John and with African choir arrangements by Lebo M. Zimmer's score was also reworked, with the help of the Re-Collective Orchestra and the Hollywood Studio Symphony. According to the press release, Zimmer’s goal was to “rehearse and record the score like a live concert performance,” so we can probably expect a much more powerful vibe from this new take on the score.
Although the film has songs from the original one, and The Lion King trailers and spots have shown some of the most iconic scenes from the animated version, it's not a shot-for-shot remake. Favreau has explained that there will be new scenes that will add to the story, both visually and emotionally, but some scenes were too memorable to be changed or left out. It will be a new experience with characters we have known for years.
Most live-action Disney films haven’t been received as well as expected, but The Lion King (through trailers and official images) has been met with positive reactions so far, and with the addition of those classic songs, it’s on its way to become one of the best products from Disney’s “live-action” wave.
With Spider-Man: Far From Home releasing in theaters across the globe in just a few short weeks, there's no better time than now to dive into some of the most exciting possibilities the film carries with it. Being the first Marvel film to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Far From Home has a lot of responsibility being placed on its shoulders to usher in the next age of the MCU. While there are some of the more obvious theories making their way across the web, theories like Mysterio actually being a villain (WHAAAAT?), there are also quite a few making the rounds that could potentially set up some massive changes for the MCU moving forward. So let’s dive into some of the multiverse-shattering possibilities that could be awaiting Spider-fans in the web-slinger’s upcoming film.
10 Mysterio? A Villain, You Say?!
Anyone that has seen any of the recent trailers for Far From Home knows that Marvel has devoted a significant portion of the trailers to convincing long-time Spider-fans that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio isn’t the villain many know and love. But let’s be real for a second here, dude’s straight-up shady. First of all, why does he know so much about the elementals terrorizing the web-slinger on his European vacation? B, why is the story he tells Peter about his multiversal travels so similar to his Ultimate universe origins? And lastly, can anyone in the world really picture Quentin Beck, illusionist and con artist extraordinaire as an Avenger? That’s seemingly where he’d end up if he were actually a hero, no? One thing is for sure though, there’s much more going on with Beck than meets the eye. The real question is what is Beck after, and how are the elementals involved?
9 The Chameleon
Speaking of people in the trailers that are more than meets the eye, anyone who got a close look at Nick Fury in the Far From Home trailer may have noticed a slightly odd return to form for the character. While fans may be used to see Fury organizing heroes and bringing them together, it is a tad odd seeing him back in the field and wearing his all-black ensemble. The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have lost some of his pull after the events of Winter Soldier and Age Of Ultron, but heading back out into the field just didn’t seem like it was in the cards for the aging agent. However, maybe it’s not actually Fury helping with a heroic team-up, but The Chameleon working with Mysterio, two masters of deception, to trick the wallcrawler into helping with their villainous plans.
8 The Faux-ltiverse?
While Marvel has already begun to explore the literally endless possibilities a cinematic multi-verse could open up for them, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Quentin Beck is being entirely honest about his multi-versal travels.
So if Beck is lying about being a hero, and lying about being from a different universe, just what are his intentions? Claiming to be a superhero from a different dimension is definitely a hard fact to verify. However, that still doesn’t quite explain why the, as of yet unknown, Quentin Beck would need to con S.H.I.E.L.D. along with a few of their super friends into believing that he’s come from another dimension. Or how he managed to get in contact with them in the first place.
7 The Happy-May Love Connection
While most Spider-fans never thought they’d have to live a reality where a “hot aunt May” was a thing, Fiege and the rest of the crew over at Marvel have plopped us square in the middle of the universe. Another unsuspecting victim of Aunt May’s uncharacteristic youthful appearance is one, Happy Hogan. While their relationship has been hinted at in the Far From Home trailers the extent of their affections has yet to be revealed. Is there the potential for an uncle Happy in Pete’s future? With Mysterio making his debut as a hero and Peter’s secret-identity less of a secret and more of a small supportive fan club, it seems like anything is possible moving forward in the MCU.
6 Sinister Six
Whispers and rumors of the Sinister Six making their onscreen debut have been making the rounds of the Spider-verse ever since Andrew Garfield was swinging around New York. While Garfield’s run as the wallcrawler may have ended a tad prematurely, the rustlings of the Sinister Six making their way to the silver screen have yet to quiet. This theory is supported by the fact that Micahel Keaton’s Vulture and Michael Mando’s Scorpion have already made their debut in the MCU. The duo may only make up one-third of the Sinister Sextet, it’s possible that Mysterio along with another, as of yet unnamed, villain will be making their entrance into the MCU with Far From Home’s release.
5 Harry & The Osborns
Ahhh, The Osborns. A tale as old as time. Spider-Man meets boy. They quickly become best friends. The boy's father begins experimenting with a super-soldier serum and becomes Spider-man’s archnemesis. Boy begins to loathe Spider-Man and picks up the mantle left behind by his father. You know, that old diddy. While the MCU has yet to introduce either Harry or Norman, it’s more than likely that at least Harry will be introduced in Far From Home (perhaps after having lived and aged through the five years post-snappening). However, another big change to the previous cinematic versions of the Osborns could be just around the corner. While Harry and Norman have had just about as many cinematic interpretations as the wall-crawler himself, Harry’s (supposedly) deceased mother has yet to make an appearance in any film. Hell, she’s hardly even mentioned. Could the MCU be prepping to introduce the one person who recognized Norman’s villainous ways long before the rest of the world caught up?
4 A Whole New World
So this whole Mysterio debacle seemingly has about three courses in which it can run through. Scenario one: Mysterio, the tricky villain that he is, has duped the wallcrawler into believing he’s a hero. Likely ends with him in prison. Scenario two: Dude’s actually a hero from a different dimension and he decides to stick around for some reason. Unlikely. Scenario three: Mysterio, the multi-verse traveling hero helps Spidey to defeat the elementals exactly as the trailers have stated. This last scenario opens up the possibility for some multi-versal travel for the wall-crawler himself. Fans have already watched as the original Avengers traversed the multiverse in order to stop Thanos. With the universe still reeling from the trauma of Thanos’ snap decision, perhaps, Spidey will get a chance to peer through the veil and see what effects Thanos’ has had on the multiverse as a whole.
3 I Am Spider-Man
“Don’t do anything I would do and definitely don’t do anything I would do.” Those are the now-famous words spoken to the young hero Tony Stark would leave the fate of the universe with. However, as any fan of the MCU knows, Peter has never been great at following instructions. The first age of the MCU was kicked off by the earth-shattering revelation that Tony Stark was, in fact, Iron Man. A statement Stark made loud, proud, and clear repeatedly.
With his untimely demise, the earth is looking for a new hero. Someone to look up to. Someone to trust. As previously mentioned, Peter’s “secret identity” hasn’t been much of a secret in the MCU. In fact, it seems like there isn’t a single person close to him that doesn’t know his secret. Could Far From Home lead Peter to follow in his hero’s footsteps and announce to the world “I am Spider-Man”? As Peter says himself, “The world needs the next Iron Man.”
2 Tony Stark: Artificial Intelligence
Much like in the comics, it has long been rumored that with RDJ’s (and therefore Stark’s) exit from the MCU could be less permanent than originally imagined. Tony Stark is and always will be the futurist, the guy whose plans have plans, the man cursed with knowledge. There’s no doubt that Tony knew that he would likely end up saying his final goodbyes through a hologram after confronting Thanos. However, with that much time to plan, it’s quite possible that Tony had time to leave something else behind for the hero he would hand the fate of the world to. While RDJ may no longer be making any appearances in the MCU that doesn’t stop him from doing some voice work (a la Paul Bettany’s Jarvis) for a Tony Stark AI built to continue helping the only son he’d ever know. Tony Stark is dead. Long live Tony Stark.
1 Enter: Miles Morales
As previously mentioned, there are a lot of consequences that sprout from Tony’s decision to bring back those who were lost in the aftermath of the snap rather than to undo it. One of those consequences, perhaps the most exciting of them all, is that Miles Morales (who has already been mentioned by Donald Glover’s Prowler back in Homecoming) has likely aged enough to join Peter in High School, maybe even on his European trip. Miles’ entry into the MCU changes things quite a bit, but it also hints at the fact that Peter’s journey through the MCU may likely mirror his journey through Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Universe. Is Marvel setting up Peter to follow in the steps of his hero and his Ultimate universe counterpart? Will the introduction of Miles Morales and Harry Osborn mark the beginning of the end for the original web-slinger? Spider-fans will just have to wait to find out when Far From Home releases on July 2nd.