March 25, 2014
Bella Thorne, star of the Disney Channel's Shake It Up, is headed off to star in considerably darker material, as she has been cast in Dimension Film's new installment in the Amityville franchise, according to The Wrap.
Franck Khalfoun, director of such horror films as P2 and the 2012 remake of Maniac, is set to direct, with Jennifer Jason Leigh set to star.
The Amityville Horror, released in 1979, was the first in a long line of films set within the haunted Amityville home and based on a supposedly real story told in the book The Amityville Horror: A True Story by Jay Anson.
According to reports, the new Amityville film was originally going to be of the found-footage variety, but those plans were scrapped in favor of a traditional narrative. Dimension has slated the film for a January 2015 release.