In a press briefing that revealed writing team Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman (Project Almanac, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) would be developing Unexplained Phenomenon for Amblin, it also dropped the bomb that the duo are developing a second remake of House on Haunted Hill over at Warner Bros.
House on Haunted Hill is William Castle’s classic 1959 film starring Vincent Price as a millionaire who offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.
The film was remade in 1999 by William Malone, upping the ante to $1 million dollars. The film was followed up by Victor Garcia’s direct-to-video sequel, Return to House on Haunted Hill in 2007.
Dread Central also reports that a second sequel is in the works, this one with Castle’s daughter, Terry, writing the screenplay from Castle’s own notes.
“Funny! I just finished a ‘House on Haunted Hill’ script myself,” Castle tells us the site. “A prequel penned by Terry Castle! I am about to go out with it! As it turns out, I have ‘House on Haunted Hill’ in my blood… so, let the best man…. excuse me, woman, WIN! I have some of Dad’s original notes for a prequel, and I am running with them. If you remember, Annabelle Loren (Carol Ohmart) was not Frederick’s first wife! My film will be produced under the WILLIAM CASTLE PRODUCTIONS banner.”
Castle’s House on Haunted Hill is public domain so you, too, can make your own sequel.
While Castle’s black and white film remains a classic, how does the ’99 remake starring Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen and Taye Diggs par? What do you guys think?