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.

1999 Horror Movie ‘The Haunting’ Coming to Blu-ray Through Paramount Presents Oct. 20

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the 1999 horror movie The Haunting on Blu-ray through its Paramount Presents line Oct. 20.

Directed by Jan de Bont and based on the story by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting stars Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, Owen Wilson and Bruce Dern in the story of a doctor who lures three subjects to the foreboding Hill House mansion for a supernatural experiment.

The film has been remastered from a 4K film transfer supervised by de Bont.

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Extras include “Filmmaker Focus: Director Jan de Bont on The Haunting,” a behind-the-scenes featurette, and the film’s theatrical teaser and trailer.

As a Paramount Presents Blu-ray, the film will be presented with a slipcover that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and interior artwork highlighting moments from the movie.

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