EXCLUSIVE: Director Lee Daniels is taking a turn toward the thriller genre. The helmer who last directed Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Paperboy and Precious will direct the fact-based film currently titled Demon House. The film is based on Latoya Ammons and her family, whose life rights made this film possible. They claim to have been victims of a demonic possession that has spanned over two years and counting. Ammons and her family have received international media attention for their accounts, which have been witnessed and documented by the Department of Child Services, the Gary (IN) Police Department and hospital staff.
The experience began with unusual occurrences in her home over two years ago, including swarms of flies around her porch in the winter and unexplainable creaking sounds in her basement. The events progressed to possessive incidents including her oldest daughter unconsciously levitating above her bed, medical staff witnessing her middle son gliding backward on the floor, wall and ceiling. According to Relativity, the DCS case manager witnessed her youngest son growling with his teeth showing and eyes rolled back, locking his hands around his older brother’s throat with no recollection of the incident. Initial psychological exams and exorcism attempts failed to provide explanation or solution for the bizarre events.
Turn Left Productions partners Jackson Nguyen and Todd Crites are producing with Relativity, which will finance, produce and distribute the film. Bruce Cohen is also producing and Relativity exec veep Richard Potter is overseeing the film on behalf of the studio.
CAA-repped Daniels is currently working with The Weinstein Company to bring the life of stand-up comedy legend Richard Pryor to the screen, with Mike Epps the favorite to play that lead role.