May 15, 2011 9:47am PT by Gregg Kilday
Dimension Films, Miramax to Produce 'Amityville Horror' Sequel
Dimension Films and Miramax are joining forces to produce the sequel The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes.
While Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who head Dimenson’s parent, the Weinstein Co., made an unsuccessful bid last year to buy Miramax, which they originally founded, from Disney, they subsequently struck a deal with Miramax’s new owners to partner on sequels and TV projects.
Dimension has acquired a new screenplay by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands, who are both set to direct the movie, which will begin filming this summer for a projected Jan. 27, 2012 release.
The original Amityville, which hit theaters in 1979 and was based on supposedly true events, has spun off a series of sequels and DVD titles. Dimension rebooted the title in 2005 with a remake called The Amityville Horror.
The premise this time will be built around “found footage” discovered through an investigation into the haunted house. Jason Blum, who has had success in the found footage genre with the two Paramormal Activity movies, will produce along with La Scala and Daniel Farrands. Bob and Harvey Weinstein will serve as executive producers.
Bob Weinstein and Miramax CEO Mike Lang announced the project Sunday in Cannes.
"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," Weinstein said.