Blumhouse just landed the rights to Our Lady of Tears-written by Daniel Hernandez and published on Vox–and it will be adapted to the screen and directed by Issa Lopez (Tigers Are Not Afraid), according to a press release from Blumhouse. The new film will be based on an Epic Magazine article, “The Haunting of Girlstown”
The story line follows a “mass hysteria epidemic with supernatural roots that, in 2007, spread through Villa De Las Ninas, an all-girl Catholic boarding school on the outskirts of Mexico City”. The school, as explained, recruited “socially neglected girls from families living in extreme poverty and in remote areas of Mexico”.
Lopez took a shine to the project right off the bat,”The moment I read the Epic article, I knew I wanted to tell the story,” she said. “I attended a Catholic school in Mexico City, and I grew up on a steady diet of supernatural visitations and miracles, and of the real-life horrors that young girls who grew up in poverty face every day in Mexico.”
Blumhouse founder and chief executive Jason Blum said he was equally drawn to the story. “The Blumhouse team was enthralled by the original article,” he said. “Ever since I first watched Tigers Are Not Afraid, I have wanted to find a project to collaborate on with Issa, and I knew this was a perfect fit.”
Blum will produce the film with Epic’s Joshua Davis and Arthur Spector. Epic co-founder Joshuah Bearman will act as executive producer. The film will be produced by Blumhouse in conjunction with Epic Media.
More than 40 Epic articles have been optioned by Hollywood, including the Oscar-winning Argo. Blumhouse’s recent theatrical releases include The Hunt and The Invisible Man.
Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the production schedule for Our Lady Of Tears.