The Vatican Tapes

Lakeshore producing, Neveldine directing possession tale

Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou and Dougray Scott are starring in Lakeshore Entertainment’s demonic possession drama “The Vatican Tapes.”

Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, John Patrick Amedori and Alex Sparrow also star with Lionsgate on board to release the film domestically.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing with Chris Cowles. Lakeshore and Sierra-Affinity sold all foreign territories at Cannes. Shooting will begin in July.

Mark Neveldine, whose credits include “Crank” and “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” came on board to direct in February.

Dudley will portray a 27-year-old woman who begins to have a devastating effect on anyone who gets close to her. Pena will play the local priest who believes she is possessed, while Hounsou and Andersson will play Vatican officials called in to  exorcise the demon. Scott will portray her father.

Script is based on an original story by Christopher Borrelli and Chris Morgan and the screenplay was written by Borrelli, with revisions by Michael C. Martin and Neveldine.

It’s Lakeshore’s second incursion into a demonic possession tale. It grossed over $75 million domestically with “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” for Screen Gems in 2005 and took in another $69 million internationally.

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