Cinedigm Partnering With ‘The Conjuring’ Creator to Develop ‘The Haunted’ Paranormal Movie Franchise

Cinedigm May 12 announced it is partnering with producer Tony DeRosa-Grund, creator of New Line Cinema’s The Conjuring (over $2 billion in box office to date) movie franchise, to develop The Haunted, a new paranormal horror movie franchise based on actual events.

The Haunted storyline starts with one family’s dark and terrifying real-life preternatural experiences, which intersect with historical facts and legends surrounding a young pregnant woman accused by her own father of being a witch. That convergence places the family in impending mortal danger.

DeRosa-Grund aims to expand the franchise through sequels, historical prequels, and spin-offs. The Haunted also focuses on its extremely rare circumstances which occurred when the living persons involved suffered significant, and repeated, real physical harm — even a death — from these dark forces that plagued them.

“Based on the true-life events, these films will take audiences on a wild and terrifying journey into the world of the paranormal, unlike any other ever seen before in film,” Tom Owen, managing director of Cinedigm/Bloody Disgusting, said in a statement.

“Having created, produced and written the story for the original The Conjuring, I can say, with absolute clarity and certainty, that The Haunted is exponentially better, truer and more terrifying,” said DeRosa-Grund in a statement. “I am truly excited to be working with Tom and Brad [of Cinedigm/Bloody Disgusting] who ‘got it,’ and embraced the project right from our very first pitch meeting.”

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DeRosa-Grund said Cinedigm chairman Chris McGurk financially backed his very first feature film, and convinced the writer/producer to come out of retirement for this project.

The deal was negotiated by Yolanda Macias, chief content officer, on behalf of Cinedigm and attorney Jonnathan O. Owens on behalf of Tony DeRosa-Grund. With DeRosa-Grund having now completed the script, Cinedigm and Bloody Disgusting will next look to attach a director before going into production with DeRosa-Grund producing through the Nverse Pictures banner later this year.

‘Conjuring 3,’ ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Lead New Releases on Disc Aug. 24

The marquee titles arriving at retail Aug. 24 include Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2.

The horror film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The eighth film in the “Conjuring” shared universe and third in the main “Conjuring” series was directed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) and stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. It was produced by James Wan and Peter Safran, who have collaborated on all the “Conjuring” universe films. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is based on a case of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. It starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense. It earned $65.6 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Aug. 24 releases Peter Rabbit 2 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 24. In the sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit, Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be. The cast includes Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo, and the voices of Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie and James Corden. The film earned $40.2 million at the domestic box office after being delayed more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hong Kong martial arts actioner The Fatal Raid arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and for digital purchase Aug. 24 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Action icon Jade Leung (Black Cat, Enemy Shadow) stars alongside Patrick Tam (All’s Well End’s Well, Ip Man 3, Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy), Min-Chen Lin (Vampire Cleanup Department), Jeana Ho (iGirl), Michael Tong (Man of Tai Chi, God of War) and Kristy Yeung (Good Bye, My Princess, Detective Dee’s Hell Road). In the film, two elite police teams head up a secret operation following a dangerous smuggling ring across the Macau border, but when their presence is discovered, the mission ends in a deadly firefight. Then 20 years later, an escort mission brings the survivors back to the scene of the tragedy — and fosters an unwelcome reunion.

Shout! Factory Aug. 24 releases a Blu-ray Disc collection of all three “Oh, God!” films starring comedian George Burns, who plays God in the trilogy. In 1977’s Oh, God!, he comes to Earth to spread the Good Word, but has a hard time convincing his chosen messenger, mild-mannered Jerry Landers (John Denver), who He really is. Jerry must in turn prove it to his disbelieving family as well as the rest of the world. God returns to Earth in 1980’s Oh, God! Book II, this time spreading His Word through an enchanting little girl named Tracy Richards (Louanne Sirota), who comes up with a slogan to assure all that He still cares. In 1984’s Oh, God! You Devil, Burns also plays the Devil himself. Struggling musician Billy Shelton (Ted Wass) unknowingly sells his soul for a life-changing transformation into a superstar rock idol. But when Billy prays for his old life back, the fight for his soul will be settled in a high-stakes showdown between the Almighty Father and the Prince of Darkness.

Due Aug. 24 is S.W.A.T. — Season 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the season, set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, the S.W.A.T. team faces challenges like they’ve never experienced before, both personally and professionally. From securing a safe memorial service for a beloved pop star, to saving Guatemalan activists from a hitman, to exposing a white nationalist sympathizer within their own ranks, the team must work against the clock to keep Los Angeles safe. Meanwhile, Hondo’s loyalty is torn between the Black community and his brothers in blue, as he reckons with racial tension in L.A. both past and present. Street explores his boundaries with his mother and his love life, while Chris grieves an unexpected loss and Luca aids the team from afar. Deacon struggles with the public’s changing attitudes toward police officers, Tan celebrates his love for Bonnie and team friction builds when a chance to work abroad gets competitive. Whether busting an elusive sex trafficking ring or helping hostages escape from a seized courthouse, at the end of the day, the team must not only come together but also consider who they are and what they stand for individually. Special features include bloopers and “Special Tactics: Tanker Takedown.”

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The Eloy de la Iglesia horror films The Cannibal Man and No One Heard the Scream, as well as the 1987 classic Goldie Hawn comedy Overboard, arrive on disc Aug. 24 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Overboard will be available on DVD and Blu-ray. The romantic comedy stars Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in a riches-to-rags love story about a snobby yacht-owning socialite (Hawn) whose accidental amnesia presents the perfect opportunity for a widowed local carpenter (Russell) to convince her she’s his wife and mother to his four out-of-control kids. Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond and Roddy McDowall co-star in the classic from director Garry Marshall (A League of Their Own, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries) and screenwriter Leslie Dixon (Mrs. Doubtfire), now scanned in 2K for the first time. Extras include an interview with Dixon and the original theatrical trailer.

From subversive Spanish writer/director Eloy de la Iglesia comes the notorious shocker of the ’70s The Cannibal Man on DVD and Blu-ray. In the film, when a slaughterhouse worker accidentally kills a man during a fight, it triggers a desperate descent into madness and mass murder. Also known as The Apartment on the 13th Floor and Week of the Killer, the film is presented in both the International and extended Spanish version newly scanned from the original negatives for the first time. Extras include “Cinema at the Margins,” with Stephen Thrower and Dr. Shelagh Rowan-Legg on Eloy de la Iglesia; “The Sleazy and the Strange,” an interview with Carlos Aguilar; deleted scenes; and the original theatrical trailer.

One year after his international breakthrough with The Cannibal Man, Basque filmmaker de la Iglesia co-wrote and directed the twisted thriller No One Heard the Scream, due on DVD and Blu-ray, his last under Spain’s repressive Franco regime. In the film, when a woman spies her neighbor disposing of his wife’s corpse, she crosses the line from witness to accomplice to something far more depraved. The release features an HD scan from the original negative.

Horror masters George Romero and Dario Argento direct a pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe in the two-disc set Two Evil Eyes, available on 4K Ultra HD Aug. 24 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group. In Romero’s The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. In Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel, From Dusk Till Dawn) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet. Martin Balsam (Psycho), E.G. Marshall (Creepshow), John Amos (The Beastmaster) and Tom Atkins (Night of the Creeps) co-star in this horror duo that also features makeup effects by Tom Savini (Maniac). Blue Underground scanned Two Evil Eyes in 4K 16-bit from the original camera negative. The release features Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix.

The 1988 Japanese horror flick Evil Dead Trap comes out on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 24 from MVD Entertainment Group and Unearthed Films. In the slasher, a TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life. Nami, who hosts a late night home video program, receives a tape which appears to be a real snuff film. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns her to stay away.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Available Digitally Sept. 17, on Disc Oct. 8

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Annabelle Comes Home through digital retailers Sept. 17, and on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 8.

The third film in the “Annabelle” franchise and a prequel to The Conjuring, the film features demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) locking the possessed doll in their home’s special artifact room. But when the doll escapes and awakens the room’s evil spirits, it conjures up an unholy night of horror for the Warrens’ daughter (Mckenna Grace) and her babysitter (Madison Iseman).

The Blu-ray will include deleted scenes and three featurettes: “The Artifact Room & the Occult,” “The Light & the Love” and “Behind the Scenes: The Ferryman/Demon, The Bloody Bride, The Werewolf.”

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Warner Releasing ‘The Nun’ Digitally Nov. 20, on Disc Dec. 4

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release The Nun through digital retailers and Movies Anywhere Nov. 20, followed by Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 4.

The film delves into the origins of Valak, the demonic presence that first appeared in The Conjuring 2.

The cast includes Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu and Bonnie Aarons.

The Nun earned $116.7 million at the domestic box office.

Bonus materials include more than 10 minutes of deleted scenes and the featurettes “A New Horror Icon,” “Gruesome Planet” and “The Conjuring Chronology”