Chad and Carey Hayes, the writers behind The Conjuring franchise, are teaming up again to bring new chills with a brand new franchise connected to the infamous LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, according to Deadline.
The LaLaurie Mansion is considered one of the world’s most haunted places, with a sinister and infamous reputation thanks to its former owner Madame Delphine LaLaurie. The truth of LaLaurie, known for her lavish parties, was discovered when a fire broke out in the mansion in 1834. When neighbors and firemen came in to put out the blaze, they discovered the slave who started the fire chained to the stove and multiple slaves in the attic that had been mutilated and tortured in grotesque ways. Soon the city learned that Madame was a serial killer who tortured and killed the slaves for her own entertainment. Unfortunately, she and her family fled to Paris before she could be punished.
The Hayes brothers are partnering with Cindy Bond and Doug McKay’s Faster Horse Pictures to produce the new franchise along with McKay, Whalen, Bond. Joshua Ryan Dietz and Dylan Bond are set to executive produce. To ensure the filmmakers will be true to the real-life story, they have brought on historian Andrew Ward as a consultant.
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.” McKay said.
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.”
The story of the infamous madame has been seen before on the small screen. The terrifying story was featured in the third season of “American Horror Story: Coven” with Kathy Bates (pictured) starring as LaLaurie.
Cindy Bond is a globally recognized pioneer in the distribution, production, sales, marketing, and finance world of faith-friendly content, having worked on over 200 films as well as co-founded theatrical distribution company Promenade Pictures with former Paramount Pictures President/MGM/UA Co-Chairman Frank Yablans.
Doug McKay served as Vice President of Production and Development at Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures for a decade, working as a production executive on such acclaimed projects as “Shutter Island” (directed by Martin Scorsese), “Black Swan” (directed by Darren Aronofsky) and “Zodiac” (directed by David Fincher).