James Wan, Roy Lee to Produce Remake of 1980s Horror Movie 'The Entity' (Exclusive)

'The Conjuring' scribes Chad and Carey Hayes are on board to pen the script.
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The 1983 horror movie The Entity is getting the remake treatment from the creative team behind The Conjuring.

Horror maven James Wan will produce the remake, with brothers Chad and Carey Hayes on board to pen the script. The trio worked together in the same capacity on New Line's 2013 surprise hit. Roy Lee, another name in the horror world, will produce Entity with Wan.

Tying thematic elements to the Conjuring is that Entity, like the former, is based on a true story.

Entity purportedly told the story of Carla Moran, a single mom who was abused physically and sexually by a supernatural demon.

Barbara Hershey played Moran while Ron Silver played a doctor who believes the woman is actually abusing herself and experiencing delusions brought about by a troubled past. Also figuring into the proceedings were a young son, a boyfriend and two parapsychologists.

Fox was the original distributor of the film.

Right now, Wan is one of Hollywood’s most wanted filmmakers due to Furious 7, which he directed, swiftly crossing over the billion-dollar mark. But Wan, who directed Conjuring, is keen on maintaining his horror roots and will shoot The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist this fall. He is not attached to direct Entity. He is repped by Paradigm, Stacey Testro International and attorney David Fox of Myman Greenspan.

The Hayes brothers, repped by WME, Circle of Confusion and McKuin Frankel, also have deep horror roots. They wrote both Conjuring and Conjuring 2, and were co-producers on Annabelle, the Conjuring spinoff that Wan produced. They also penned horror flicks House of Wax and The Reaping.

Lee is the producer who introduced North American audiences to Asian horror via movies such as The Ring and The Grudge. He has The Poltergeist remake hitting screens May 22 and is prepping a summer start for Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It

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