Early last year, James Wan signed a production deal with Icon Entertainment to produce 8 genre films over the next 4 years. The first film is titled House of Horror and a new report reveals the first casting news and a director change.  

According to Bloody DisgustingA History of Violence star Maria Bello (pictured below) is currently in talks to join the film. Javier Gutierrez was originally set to direct and then it was announced that Xavier Gens (Hitman, The Divide) was brought in. Now, it is being reported that Gens is no longer on board and a new director will be announced soon.

House of Horror is based on an original story from James Wan about a house that may be a gateway to hell:

"The Devil made me do it.

The House of Horror is a horror-thriller that centres around a gruesome crime scene. The film is shot with a blend of found footage, interrogation video, news cameras and classical cinematography. The film focuses on the aftermath of a horrific massacre; five college students, brutally murdered inside a decrepit, abandoned home.

We are thrown right into the mix as the lead Detective, Mark Lewis, and the police department’s psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klein, question a suspect. The young man at the centre is John Ascot, bound by handcuffs in a mobile command station. During the interrogation, John explains everything leading up to the deaths of his friends.

We discover that they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house believed to be haunted. What started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying and more than they ever could bargain for. John explains to the police that he isn’t responsible for his friends’ deaths, but rather, it was the house. He tells them he believes the house is a gateway to hell; a place of concentrated evil.

We slowly witness an eerie change in John’s demeanour through the course of the movie. Things take a disturbing turn when John hints at the notion that he is possessed by the Devil. Detective Lewis and Dr. Klein are forced to unravel the mystery of how John’s friends were murdered. All this leads to a stunning revelation about the man they’ve been interrogating and a gut-wrenching conclusion."