Update: Deadline has just revealed that Amityville is indeed being pulled from it’s April 1st release date. But they have also learned that the film will now see release (if it isn’t pulled again) on January 6, 2017.
Dread Central is reporting that Amityville: The Awakening has been pulled from distribution by Dimension Films for a second time. The outlet advised that we should expect an official announcement shortly. I have reached out to our contact at Dimension Films for comment but as of this posting, have not heard back. Don’t take this as gospel, just yet. The outlet did not name a source and it is possible that there has been some type of misunderstanding or miscommunication. However, with the storied history of the film’s production, I wouldn’t be shocked if this turned out to be quite true.
Not that this really proves anything, one way or the other, but I did notice that the Dimension website still has a trailer for the film on display.
This news comes shortly after reports of test screenings in the LA area. The film has undergone title changes, release date shifts, one other indefinite drop from the distributor’s release schedule, and a recut to achieve a PG-13 rating. Prior to this report, Amityville: The Awakening was slated for a nationwide release April 1st.
Here is a brief history of the situation: The film was initially planned for a January 2, 2015 release but was inexplicably pulled from Dimension’s release schedule. Then, Jason Blum explained that his production company was still working out the details of postproduction with Dimension. Then, after being bounced around a bit, the film finally secured an April 1, 2016 release date. It was then reported that the picture had officially received an R-rating from the MPAA. But not too long after that, it was resubmitted for a PG-13 certificate.
In the film, “Belle and her family move into a new house, but when strange phenomena begin to occur, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.”
Amityville: The Awakening is helmed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac 2012). It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Bella Thorne (Scream: The TV Series) and Cameron Monaghan (Vampire Academy).