Along with the news that Patrick Wilson is set to make his directorial debut with Insidious 5, yesterday’s virtual BlumFest event from Blumhouse Productions also brought word that Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Salve) is set to write and direct an adaptation of the recent Truly*Adventurous article, Project Poltergeist, written by Saleah Blancaflor.
Project Poltergeist explores the unexplained events that terrified a young boy in New Jersey in the 1960’s, the first alleged haunting in a public housing project.
“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,” said Ridley. “I really appreciate Blumhouse’s commitment to telling stories that seek to entertain audiences even as it challenges them.”
“The best scary movies are always based on a real event, and we were very compelled by the material this story is based on,” added Blumhouse supremo Jason Blum. “I also know that John Ridley is as good as you get as a dramatic storyteller, among contemporary artists, so we’re confident that infusing this story with John’s brand of drama is a great bet.”