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Daybreakers Directors Heading to the Winchester Mansion
One of the creepiest houses on the planet is the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, and it’s fairly astounding that Hollywood hasn’t created an overblown franchise to exploit its history. Surprise! Non-Hollywood horror powerhouse Hammer Films has tapped Daybreakers directors Michael and Peter Spierig to bring the ghosts of Winchester to audiences. The brothers will rewrite a script first penned by Tom Vaughan, who wrote What Happens in Vegas. How did he get involved?

This will be the first feature filmed inside the famed 160-room Winchester mansion, which first became the obsession of the weaponry heir Sarah Winchester back in 1884. She spent the next 38 years adding rooms onto the house, believing herself the victim of the spirits of those killed by the guns that built her family’s empire. There are doors that open to nothing and stairways that go nowhere, all meant to confuse the ghosts wandering the halls. The Spierigs seem to have a knack for adding interesting details to genre films, with their debut Undead enjoyably twisting horror and comedy together. Their next film, the time traveling mindbender Predestination, is a reteaming with Daybreakers star Ethan Hawke and an adaptation of a Robert Heinlein short story. Check out the intriguing trailer below, and keep your fingers crossed that this talented duo lay the foundation for a truly freaky flick.

Hammer is looking to get Winchester into production in the beginning of 2015.

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