Taglines: Every house has a history. This one has a legend.
Belle, her little sister Juliet, and her comatose twin brother James move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begins to occur in the house, including the miraculous recovery of her brother and Belle’s increasingly horrifying nightmares, Belle begins to suspect her mother isn’t telling her everything—and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
Amityville: The Awakening is an American supernatural horror film and the seventeenth installment in the Amityville saga. It will be directed by Franck Khalfoun from a screenplay he wrote. The film was produced by Daniel Farrands, Casey La Scala and Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions banner. It stars Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, Jennifer Morrison and Kurtwood Smith. The film is scheduled to be released on June 30, 2017 by Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company.
The original plan for this film was a completely different film titled Amityville: The Lost Tapes. Dimension Films and Miramax were to produce together, while It was co-written by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands while using the “found footage” angle; the plot involved “an ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, who 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.”
Franck Khalfoun was set to direct, and filming was to begin in the summer and be released by January 27 2012. While at a press release, Bob Weinstein stated, “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.” Yet after a couple of delays, the film’s concept was scrapped. Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands were to rewrite a completely different Amityville film. In March 2014, the rewritten film was retitled Amityville.
Also in March 2014, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bella Thorne signed on to star. In April, Thomas Mann, Taylor Spreitler and Cameron Monaghan signed on to the film. On August 22, 2014, a trailer was released and was re-titled Amityville: The Awakening. On September 19, 2014, the film was removed from Dimension Films’s release schedule.
Amityville: The Awakening
Directed by: Franck Khalfoun
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Thomas Mann, Taylor Spreitler, Mckenna Grace, Hunter Goligoski
Screenplay by: Franck Khalfoun
Production Design by: David Lazan
Cinematography by: Steven Poster
Film Editing by: Patrick McMahon
Costume Design by: Mairi Chisholm
Set Decoration by: Regina O’Brien
MPAA Rating: R for strong horror violence and for language.
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: October 28, 2017