The movie had several failed release dates including January 27, 2012, January 3, 2014, January 2, 2015, April 15, 2016, April 1, 2016, and January 6, 2017. It is now expected to be released on June 30, 2017, almost three years after filming completed.
The original plan for this reboot was "Amityville: The Lost Tapes." Written by Casey La Scala and Daniel Farrands and utilizing the found footage angle, the plot involved "an ambitious female television news intern, on the verge of breaking the most famous haunted house case in the world, who leads a team of journalists, clergymen and paranormal researchers into an investigation of the bizarre events that will come to be known as The Amityville Horror, only to unwittingly open a door to the unreal that she may never be able to close." After a couple of delays, this concept was eventually scrapped.
The film's tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign features posters which are made up to resemble the social media site, Instagram, with the main character depicted using the site and posting a photo of the infamous Amityville house with the caption: "Moving in today #NewBeginnings".
This movie was originally rated R but after it was re-edited and sent back to the MPAA, they gave it a PG-13.
Will be the first theatrically released Amityville film since The Amityville Horror (2005) remake 12 years prior.
The first theatrically released Amityville film to be a completely original story as The Amityville Horror (1979) and its remake were based on a book chronicling the story of the Lutz family while Amityville II: The Possession (1982) was based on a book as well that recounts the story of the DeFeo family (renamed Montelli for the film) while Amityville 3-D (1983) recounts the investigation by paranormal researcher Stephen Kaplan (renamed John Baxter for the film).
The film was originally titled Amityville: The Reawakening before being renamed Amityville: The Awakening.
Bella Thorne and Cameron Monaghan have both worked with Adam Sandler. Thorne played his daughter in Blended (2014) and Monaghan in Click (2006).
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