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Saw series vet to direct LaLaurie Mansion franchise

Darren Lynn Bousman will direct the first film in a proposed series

“Saw” and “Spiral” vet Darren Lynn Bousman will direct new horror franchise “The LaLaurie Mansion”.

Per Deadline, the “Saw II” helmer directs the first film in a series of flicks about the ostensibly haunted New Orleans abode. Chad and Carey Hayes wrote the screenplay.

The LaLaurie house was made infamous by its resident Madame Lalaurie, a New Orleans socialite and serial killer who tortured and murdered numerous slaves there in the early 1800s.. After her crimes were exposed following a house fire in 1834, she fled the city and was never arrested. Thousands of tourists still travel to the city every year to visit the property.

Says the filmmaker, “Joining this project is a dream come true for me. 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. Its 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.”

The Hayes Brothers have written the film’s screenplay in the house, and the production will shoot portions of the film on-site as well, despite public access not being possible since 1932.

The first picture will be set in modern times; producers are targeting a fourth-quarter shoot.

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