This seems like a no-brainer if you're a studio exec looking to cash-in on the latest supernatural craze that's happening in Hollywood, but I've been hearing the last two weeks that The Legend of Hell House is up for a remake at Fox again. No writer or director have been set.
If you recall, back in 2007 when 20th Century Fox had its Fox Atomic banner, the 1973 film was being mulled over for an update. Nothing came of it though. Now, with everyone trying to channel that magic The Conjuring brought to the box office, it makes sense.
Based on the Richard Matheson novel, The Legend of Hell House told of a physicist, Dr. Barrett, who is hired by a wealthy, dying old man to find evidence of the afterlife in the Belasco House, a.k.a. “Hell House,” the “Mt. Everest of haunted houses.” Barrett accepts the job bringing his wife, a psychic and a survivor of a previous Hell House visit that went terribly awry.
John Hough (Escape to Witch Mountain) directed the adaptation with Roddy McDowell, Clive Revill, Pamela Franklin and the lovely Gayle Hunnicutt starring.