After revealing just last week of another planned Amityville sequel, Amityville The Legacy 3D, word has now reached us of another sequel, however this one is supposedly the ‘official’ sequel. Let me explain. Whereas Legacy is indeed a sequel, Amityville: The Lost Tapes will be produced by Dimension Films, honouring the agreement between Miramax (who own the rights to Amityville) and the Weinsteins in that they will start work on some ‘official’ sequels to some of Miramax’s best known films. Dimension films acquired the rights to a script written by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands, who will both direct the film. Shooting kicks off this Summer, with a planned release date of January 27th 2012. Here are the official details:
‘The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes’ showcases the events after the time of the original ‘The Amityville Horror’ book and movie through found footage dating back to 1976. An ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, leads a team of journalists, clergymen and paranormal researchers into an investigation of the bizarre events that will come to be known as The Amityville Horror … only to unwittingly open a door to the unreal that she may never be able to close.“
“We are thrilled to return to the mythology of The Amityville Horror with a new and terrifying vision that will satisfy our existing fans and also introduce an entirely new audience to this popular haunting phenomenon,” said Bob Weinstein.
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES is being produced by Jason Blum, Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands. Bob and Harvey Weinstein are Executive Producers. Blum has previous experience with found footage films having produced Paranormal Activity 1 and 2, which have grossed close to $400 million worldwide.
The Amityville Horror stories are based on events in the life of George Lutz. The Amityville Horror project is one of several sequel or development projects that Miramax and TWC are currently collaborating on.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Bob to reinvent one of the all-time great horror franchises, and I think this new installment will really hit home with a new generation of moviegoers,” said Jason Blum.
By Matt Wavish