Madsen in spirit of 'Haunting'

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Virginia Madsen will star in "A Haunting in Connecticut," a supernatural thriller that Peter Cornwell is directing for Gold Circle.

"Haunting" tells the true story of a family forced to relocate near a clinic where their teenage son is being treated for cancer. There, they discover that the home they have rented is a former mortuary with a dark history that might account for the extraordinary manifestations of the boy's illness and the supernatural events that threaten the family.

Tim Metcalfe and Adam Simon wrote the screenplay.

Gold Circle Films is financing. Mandate Pictures will handle international sales.

Gold Circle topper Paul Brooks is producing with Andrew Trapani, Wendy Rhoads and Daniel Farrands. Scott Niemeyer, Norm Waitt and Steve Whitney are executive producing.

Gold Circle's Brad Kessell, who brought the project in, is overseeing.

A late summer start is being eyed.

Cornwell, repped by UTA and Gotham Group, wrote, produced and directed the acclaimed animated short film "Ward 13."

Madsen, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in "Sideways," most recently appeared on the big screen opposite Jim Carrey in "The Number 23." She is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
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