Chad and Carey Hayes, creators of The Conjuring franchise, are teaming with Faster Horse Pictures, the film and TV production and financing outfit founded and run by Cindy Bond and Doug McKay in tandem with Michael Whalen, to build a new horror film franchise based on the infamous house and property known as The Lalaurie Mansion – one of the most haunted houses in the world. Despite there being no public access inside the property since 1932 (for a reason!), thousands of people travel to New Orleans each year just to get a roadside glimpse of the notorious home. It has captured the imagination and curiosity of everyone who’s heard its disturbing story.
Today, Dread Central is thrilled to present an exclusive batch of images from inside The LaLaurie Mansion! Check them out below.
The LaLaurie Mansion films will be jointly developed and produced by Chad and Carey Hayes, Doug McKay, Cindy Bond and Michael Whalen. Joshua Ryan Dietz and Dylan Bond will serve as executive producers. Local historian Andrew Ward is consulting on the project.
The stories will unfold in multiple installments covering the history of the house from recent horrific events of modern-day all the way back to the terrifying origins of the house’s history and its crazed owner, Madame Delphine LaLaurie.
Though well known in popular culture the infamous Madame LaLaurie has never been given the detailed, extensive deep dive that this film has planned, including the exclusive right to the home itself, which is owned by producer Michael Whalen.
Being one of the most active paranormal sites in the world, the public has no access to the house, nor are there any tours inside the premise.
The Hayes Brothers are entertaining the idea of writing the first draft in the house, and the production intends to shoot some of the film on-site as well, including an extensive amount of behind-the-scenes footage, giving the public an intimate look into the terrifying house that has captured the attention of many.
Principal photography will commence in 2020.
Said McKay, “The LaLaurie Mansion is as scary a place as there is in the world and we won’t hold back in giving audiences the full effect. Chad and Carey will have their hands full, but they are true masters in cinematic retellings of disturbing material. We wouldn’t want this diabolical material in the hands of anyone else!”
Said Bond, “Building a horror franchise starts with the IP, and for us to be able to tap the LaLaurie Mansion, and its twisted history, is a major coup for Faster Horse. Put in the hands of such gifted storytellers like Chad and Carey, we feel there are many chapters to tell – one frightening occurrence after the next.”
Said the Hayes brothers, “We love writing films in which we get to tell true stories – incorporating moments that people can look up and discover did in fact happen. With the LaLaurie House we get to do exactly that… there is a wealth of documentation of a very dark and frightening past of true events. Not to mention that after spending some time there, what we personally experienced was truly unnerving. We haven’t been this excited about a project since the Conjuring!”.
David Boyle negotiated the deal for Faster Horse. Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes are represented by Circle of Confusion and law firm McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
The LaLaurie project will be the second film project from Faster Horse. The company, launched just last month by prominent producers Cindy Bond (I Can Only Imagine) and Doug McKay (What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Zodiac) revealed its debut film project would be Tate Taylor’s American Pain. Taylor adapted a screenplay from John Temple’s bestselling book and will direct the story of the king of the Florida pill mills and their rise to being the largest opioid pill mill in the country, which was ultimately busted by the FBI.
We’ll be keeping you up-to-date as this project progresses!
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