Found Footage Amityville Horror Movie In the Works

Margot Kidder and James Brolin in The Amityville Horror
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

The Amityville Horror franchise has been around for decades and has told the same basic story 10 times already, but unlike the people that once lived in the house it simply doesn't have the courtesy to die. Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund is now planning another version of the Amityville Horror story, only this time it will be told through the ever-so-hip medium of found footage. Like all of the other movies, the new one will be based on a true story, but instead of focusing on people moving into the house it will instead be about people investigating it.

THR says the project will largely be based around the experiences of Laura DiDio and Marvin Scott, who were journalists out of New York's WNEW-TV. De-Rosa Grund has already acquired the rights to the story. The movie will be set in 1976 and follow DiDio, then a 19-year-old cub reporter, who tracked down the house and "purportedly revealed ghostly presences, including that of a young boy, in the house." The film will use DiDio's news camera to tell the narrative of the story as she sat through a seance in the horror house.

For those unfamilar with the incident at Amityville, in 1974 Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered six members of his family, and years later a man named George Lutz and his family moved into the house and claimed to witness paranormal events. Jay Amson wrote the book The Amityville Horror: A True Story that kicked off the phenomenon in 1977 and they've been making movies based on the story since 1979.

Neither a director nor a writer has been found yet for the film.

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