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Producer Peter Safran is reteaming with The Conjuring writers Chad and Carey Hayes for Crucifixion, based on the true story of a priest who was jailed for the murder of a nun after performing an exorcism on her.
Xavier Gens (Hitman) is directing the supernatural thriller, which picks up as an investigative journalist strives to determine if the priest in fact killed a mentally ill person, or lost a battle with a demonic presence.
Lotus Entertainment will shop the project to foreign buyers at the American Film Market, where it should spark keen interest considering the wild success of New Line’s The Conjuring. That film earned more than $318 million globally last year — including $180.6 million internationally.
Safran’s winning streak in the horror space has continued with The Conjuring prequel Annabelle, also from New Line. Still in theaters, Anabelle has already grossed more than $230 million worldwide, including $149 million overseas.
He’s producing Crucifixion with the Hayes brothers. The screenwriters, who are identical twins, wrote the upcoming disaster film San Andreas and are also working on the next installments in the Journey to the Center of the Earth franchise.
“Peter and the Hayes brothers have an amazing track record in the genre space. We felt that a smart, edgy thriller like Crucifixion, combined with this amazing creative team, had all the right ingredients to be a global box office hit,” said Lotus’ Jim Seibel, who is executive producing the project alongside colleagues Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian.
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