In the pantheon of long-running, multiple-movie horror franchises, there is no franchise that has as many outings as the Amityville series. And now, you guessed it, yet another Amityville offering is on the way.
As first reported by Deadline, The Wonderfilm Media Corporation is developing a prequel film titled Amityville 1974. The Remaining’s Casey La Scala is on writing and directing duties for the feature.
In terms of the early word on Amityville 1974, that reads:
The focus shifts back to the traumatic murders that reputedly set the supernatural stage for the nation’s most notorious haunted-house legend. In November 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family in a spree killing that took on even more horrific hues a year later when a family bought the notorious property and lived in it for 28 days – a four-week window that became the core story of the Anson novel and its three big-screen adaptations.
Said novel, of course, was Jay Anson’s 1977 The Amityville Horror; a tale that would then be turned into a 1979 James Brolin and Margot Kidder-starring movie from director Stuart Rosenberg.
On this new movie installment, Casey La Scala enthused, “This is a story that takes its jumping-off point from the true events surrounding the Defeo tragedy, but also focuses on the human drama that took place inside a family as they were relentlessly stalked by a terrifying evil.”
In case you were wondering, to date there have been nine Amityville books and a ridiculous 23(!) movies – the majority of which have been straight-to-video fodder.
As ever, expect more on Amityville 1974 as it continues to develop.