Deadline recently broke the news that Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) are writing a remake of The House on Haunted Hill for Warner Brothers. And our friends at Dread Central have done some additional digging and found out that there is even more House on Haunted Hill news. In speaking with Terry Castle (daughter of the director of the 1959 original William Castle) the outlet has learned that she just finished a draft of a House on Haunted Hill prequel.
“Funny! I just finished a House on Haunted Hill script myself,” Castle told DC. “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. ”
The 1959 original follows a group of five people who agree to spend the night in a haunted house for $10,000 (which they will collect the next morning if they can survive the night). Vincent Price featured in a starring role.
The 1999 remake was directed by William Malone (Feardotcom) and increased the payout for surviving the night to $1 Million dollars. Geoffrey Rush took on the lead role in the redux.