Oscar-Winner John Ridley To Write and Direct 1960’s Poltergeist Film For Blumhouse

Today, it was announced via Variety that Blumhouse and Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley are teaming up for new horror film. Ridley is best known for his series American Crime and winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his work on 12 Years A Slave.

The film is based on the article Project Poltergeist written by Saleah Blancaflor, John will be doing double duty as both writer and director.

The story, based on true events, is set in the 1960s and follows unexplained events surrounding the first alleged haunting in a public housing project that terrified a young boy in New Jersey.

RIDLEY: “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.”


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