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There have been nine (!) movies so far in the Amityville Horror series -- the last being the pedestrian 2005 remake of the original 1979 film (arguably the only good entry in the franchise). But within the past week, there's been word of not one, but TWO additional Amityville movies in the works -- each with a trendy approach.
First, Hannibal Classics announced that it's adapting the 1988 book Amityville: The Evil Escapes -- a slick way around the fact that it doesn't own the rights to the original book. There have already been two movies based on this novel -- the made-for-TV flick Amityville: The Evil Escapes (the fourth in the series) and the direct-to-video Amityville: It's About Time (the sixth) -- both revolving around objects formerly owned by the Lutz family (who fled the house in the original Amityville Horror) that have themselves become possessed by evil. Hannibal Classics' adaptation will be titled Amityville: The Legacy 3D, and as the title suggests, it will be hopping on the trendy 3-D bandwagon. Producers are aiming for an October 2012 release.
A few days later, Dimension and Miramax announced that they are teaming for The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes, another bandwagon effort -- this time of the "found footage" variety. The more "official" of the two Amityville films, The Lost Tapes purports to be 1970s footage of a news reporter's investigation into the events behind the Lutzes' experience. Thought announced after Amityville: The Legacy, The Lost Tapes is on a faster track, targeting a January 27, 2012 release date.