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.”
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.