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Sony Pictures Bails on Michael Pena Thriller Inspired by Cecil Hotel Death

Sony has opted to bail out of horror thriller “The Bringing,” two months after the studio signed up Michael Pena to star.

Sony had no comment but the studio is believed to be looking for a buyer with Pena attached. Jeremy Lovering had been on board to direct the film, set at the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, but has been replaced by the team of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, who directed thriller “Starry Eyes.”

The project was inspired by a woman named Elisa Lam, who was found dead in 2013 in a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel. A security camera in the elevator recorded her strange behavior prior to her death and the footage later went viral.

Brandon and Phillip Murphy developed the script, which made the 2014 Black List, with this description: “A private investigator investigates a mysterious murder at a downtown Los Angeles hotel and uncovers its dark supernatural history. Based on true events.”

Evan Dickson, Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer have been writers on “The Bringing.” Matt Tolmach is producing along with Daniela Cristina Cretu and David Manpearl. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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