Lee Daniels will direct “Demon House,” based on the story of an Indiana family that has claimed to be a victim of demonic possession.
Producers are Jackson Nguyen and Todd Crites of Turn Left Productions. Bruce Cohen is also producing.
Relativity has been developing the project since August, when the studio acquired life rights from the family of Latoya Ammons of Gary, Indiana.
Ammons and her three children have asserted that in 2011 and 2012, the children experienced episodes of levitation, strangling one another and speaking in growls. The Gary Police Department, Department of Child Services and the local church filed reports about the supernatural occurrences, and exorcisms were performed with police standing by.
One DCS case manager witnessed Ammons’ youngest son growling with eyes rolled back, locking his hands around his older brother’s throat — with no subsequent recollection of the incident.
The Ammons family moved out of the house in 2012, and the new residents have not experienced any supernatural occurrences.
Richard Potter is overseeing the project for Relativity.
Daniels’ credits include “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Paperboy” and “Precious.” He’s repped by CAA.
News was first reported by Deadline.com.