Horror auteur James Wan will bring terror to theaters twice this summer. The true story-based The Conjuring will open on July 19th, followed by the haunted house flick Insidious Chapter 2 on August 30th. Though the cameras have only just started to roll on the latter, Wan is already casting for his a new venture, a thriller that IMDb has listed as House of Horror (though that could be a tentative title).
Variety reports Wan came up with the premise and will produce the film penned by Max La Bella; Will Canon, helmer of the 2010 crime-thriller Brotherhood, is set to direct. The Dimension Films production will star Maria Bello and Frank Grillo as a psychologist and a policeman, respectively, who team up to interrogate the sole survivor of a ghost-hunting expedition that ended with five people dead.
Bello has appeared in a wide range of films, from the dark comedy Thank You For Smoking to the daring drama A History of Violence, and the spirited rom-com The Jane Austen Book Club. However, the James Wan-produced horror film will mark only her third role in the genre, following Secret Window and the lesser-known The Dark. For his part, Grillo, who recently appeared in the Liam Neeson vehicle The Grey and alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena in End of Watch, has appeared in three horror movies to date: the Myspace-centered iMurders, the 2010 Mother's Day remake, and the Wes Craven pic My Soul to Take.
Between his experience in the genre, and Bello's ability to tackle any genre thrown her way, this seems a great cast so far. However, as this is his first produced screenplay, La Bella is a wild card. But it speaks well of his script that Cannon signed on, as Brotherhood won the audience award at 2010's SXSW Film Festival. In short, this one could be uniquely terrifying.
At this time it's unclear when the film might go into production.
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