Dimension Films' has had a new AMITYVILLE project bouncing around quite a bit over the past couple of years. At one time the proposed film was to be titled THE AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES and was scheduled for a 2014 release, but for one reason or another that particular film never happened. Back in December producer Jason Blum let us know that the film wasn't dead and that Dimension had set a January 2, 2015 release date for the newly titled AMITYVILLE, and now it looks as if the long-gestating flick could have a director.
B-D is reporting that P2 and MANIAC remake director Franck Khalfoun is in talks to direct the new AMITYVILLE film for Blumhouse Productions and Dimension Films. However, nothing has been confirmed at this time, but apparently the film is currently in pre-production with casting not too far down the line.
The last we heard was that the film was to be set in the found-footage style which follows the events in the book and the film dating back to 1976. It had the following synopsis:
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.
Written and directed by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands, AMITYVILLE marks the latest entry in the iconic horror franchise.