Hot off the success of Spiral, the most recent entry into the expanding Saw universe, director Darren Lynn Bousman has stepped up to helm the first film in a new planned franchised built around the infamous and historic LaLaurie Mansion. The project is being written by Chad and Carey Hayes, the writers of the first film in The Conjuring franchise.
“Joining this project is a dream come true for me,” Bousman said in a statement we received earlier today. “For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with the paranormal. Anyone who studies the supernatural knows the legends and lore of the LaLaurie Mansion. It’s the holy grail of these types of environments. Recently I was allowed access to the house, and was able to stay there with the Hayes brothers. There is no way to articulate my 72 hours inside those walls. The house consumes you. It’s history cripples you. The Hayes Brothers have crafted such an emotional, suspenseful, and scary narrative that I cannot wait to introduce the world to this unbelievable location.”
“Not only is Darren an incredibly creative director, but he also knows how to build a franchise. We are beyond thrilled to have him on this one, and can’t wait to see what he brings to the screen,” the Hayes brothers added.
The mansion has been closed to public access since the 1930s, but that has not stopped tourists from flocking to the site every year to catch a glimpse of the home where one of the most evil women in recorded history, Madame Delphine LaLaurie, lived and carried out many of her horrific deeds. Her “experimentation” on her slaves was eventually discovered, and she fled the home soon after.
The film crew has been granted exclusive rights to the location by the owner and producer Michael Whalen in order to dive into the history of the location in ways no one has ever attempted before now.
iHorror will keep you posted on this LaLaurie Mansion project as more details become available.