After seven sequels, a remake, several unauthorized spin-offs and a handful of documentaries, it was announced a few years back that the Amityville Horror franchise would continue with The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes, a found footage flick that was originally set for release in 2012. All talks of the film quickly vanished, and it wasn't until earlier this year that we learned the project was still on the ole chopping block, and had been renamed Amityville. Now, a director has moved in.
Over the weekend, Bloody Disgusting broke the exclusive news that Franck Khalfoun will be sitting in the director's chair for the film, which is being produced by Blumhouse Productions, for Dimension Films. Though you may not know the name, Khalfoun is the guy who directed 2012's incredibly impressive remake of Maniac, and he had previously directed a film called P2, back in 2007.
Amityville is currently in pre-production, and thus far Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bella Thorne have been cast in lead roles. Leigh will be playing Joan, a single mother who moves into the infamous Amityville home, with her three daughters. Of course, they soon learn of the house's dark history, and come face to face with the supernatural forces that so many have already done battle with.
Apparently, the found footage element of the film has been removed, and it's expected to be released on January 2nd, of next year.
At the time it was called Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes, the film was to serve as a direct sequel to the original, taking place in the 1970s, and centering on a female news intern who investigates the house. It seems that the original storyline has been changed, along with the title.