Academy Award-winning writer/director John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) is teaming up with Blumhouse to adapt the terrifying true life story Project Poltergeist, based on the Truly*Adventurous article by Saleah Blancaflor.
The story centers on 13 year old Ernie Rivers who was sent to live with his grandmother Mabelle after a horrific tragedy befell his family. Soon after his arrival at the public housing project, strange things began to occur. Objects moved on their own, dishes and glasses crashed to the floor without being touch, but it was only the beginning of the horrors the two would face in what was called the first documented haunting of a public project.
“This is an incredible true-life narrative of a young man dealing with horrors – both paranormal and racially systemic – in a community that is scarred by hate, yet ultimately brought together by hope. I really appreciate Blumhouse’s commitment to telling stories that seek to entertain audiences even as it challenges them,” Ridley said in a statment.
“The best scary movies are always based on a real event, and we were very compelled by the material this story is based on,” Jason Blum, head of Blumhouse, added. “I also know that John Ridley is as good as you get as a dramatic storyteller, among contemporary artists, so we’re confident that infusing this story with John’s brand of drama is a great bet.”
Ridley is an accomplished playwright, producer, novelist, director, and showrunner whose works have included Guerilla starring Idris Elba as well as the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All is By My Side. He is currently working on multiple projects including a musical drama with Alicia Keys for Showtime.
Blancaflor’s Project Poltergeist article can be read in full by CLICKING HERE. The compelling and terrifying story will keep you on the edge of your seat.
iHorror will keep you posted on this currently untitled project as details become available.