Fox Developing Horror Movie Based on 80-Year-Old Article in New Yorker
In 1936, Carl Carmer wrote a two-part article for the New Yorker about a haunted house in the mid-1800s. That piece from 1936 will now be transcribed into a movie deal on Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Carmer was a well-known author and journalist who liked to report on things like myths and folklore. According to Deadline, the article he wrote for the New Yorker had such an interesting take on it that Hollywood has finally discovered it and are looking to cash in on the story.
The haunted house is the first to be documented in New York. It is located in upstate New York and, of course, many more legends were to follow.
In this particular case, though, the story revolves around a past and present theme. The past was the 1800s and the present time for the investigation was in 1936. Carmer and others went to the place to investigate, which had already had a community of spiritual investigators deeply embedded within it.
The story started when two young girls embraced a spirit in the house. When they grew up, they found themselves removed from the notion and eventually disavowed the spirit. They would later both die under mysterious circumstances that forms the basis for the investigation in the 20th century.
Carmer passed away in 1976 and would never have the opportunity to see his work and reports immortalized on the big-screen. But this is certainly a new way for Hollywood to dig up those ghost stories they love to tell, as opposed to remaking franchise classics like "The Amityville Horror" or "Poltergeist."
The love affair a ghost story has with Hollywood is not the most lucrative of all the genres, but it does fairly well. The 2013 film "The Conjuring" stirred up nearly $320 million at the worldwide box-office on a budget of only $20 million. Suffice it to say, there is a lot of money to be made on a good ghost story, especially if it is an original.