Oscar winner John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) will direct a film based on recently published article ‘Project Poltergeist’, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story will center on the first purported haunting to be experienced in a public housing project. Saleah Blancaflor wrote the original article for Truly*Adventurous.
The adaptation will reportedly focus on the true events surrounding unexplained events that terrified a young boy in New Jersey in the 1960s.
Jason Blum will produce via Blumhouse with Truly*Adventurous’ Matthew Pearl and Greg Nicholas as executive producers.
“This is an incredible true-life narrative of a young man dealing with horrors – both paranormal and racially systemic – in a community that is scarred by hate, yet ultimately brought together by hope. I really appreciate Blumhouse’s commitment to telling stories that seek to entertain audiences even as it challenges them,” said Ridley
Added Blum: “The best scary movies are always based on a real event, and we were very compelled by the material this story is based on. I also know that John Ridley is as good as you get as a dramatic storyteller, so we’re confident that infusing this story with John’s brand of drama is a great bet.”