Dimension, Miramax to produce

Dimension Films and Miramax are joining forces to produce “The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes” with production starting this summer and a release date of Jan. 27.

Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, and Miramax CEO Mike Lang made the announcement Sunday in Cannes.

The execs noted “The Lost Tapes” is the first film to be produced under the agreement between Miramax and The Weinstein Co. to create sequels to some of Miramax’s best-known properties. TWC and Miramax had announced that pact on Dec. 16, shortly after Filmyard (run by Ron Tutor, Thomas J. Barrack Jr., Colony Capital and Qatar Holding) beat out TWC for Miramax in a 663 million deal with Disney.

Dimension also announced Sunday it has acquired rights to a screenplay for the film by the writing team of Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands, who are also set to direct and produce.

Jason Blum is also producing. TWC and Miramax noted that Blum has previous experience with found footage films having produced both “Paranormal Activity” films, which have grossed close to $400 million worldwide.

The new pic showcases the events after the time of the original “The Amityville Horror” book and movie through found footage dating back to 1976. An ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, leads a team of journalists, clergymen and paranormal researchers into an investigation of the bizarre events that will come to be known as “The Amityville Horror,” only to unwittingly open a door to the unreal that she may never be able to close.

“We are thrilled to return to the mythology of the Amityville Horror with a new and terrifying vision that will satisfy our existing fans and also introduce an entirely new audience to this popular haunting phenomenon,” said Bob Weinstein.

Bob and Harvey Weinstein are executive producers.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Bob to reinvent one of the all-time great horror franchises, and I think this new installment will really hit home with a new generation of moviegoers,” Blum said.

Jay Anson’s book “The Amityville Horror” was published in 1977 and based on the paranormal experiences of the George Lutz family. The book led to nine films between 1979 and 2005.

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