‘The Butler’ helmer will try his hand at thriller genre…

Mike Fleming over at Deadline is hearing that filmmaker Lee Daniels (‘The Butler,’ ‘Precious,’ ‘The Paperboy’) is set to take the director’s chair for the fact-based thriller ‘Demon House.’

Per the report, the film is based on Latoya Ammons and her family, who claim to have been victims of demonic possession.

Starting in November 2011, Ammons experienced strange incidents in her home, including swarms of flies around her porch in the winter, along with unexplainable creaking coming from the basement. The incidents soon became more bizarre, including her oldest daughter unconsciously levitating above her bed, and her youngest son growling with his teeth showing and eyes rolled back, locking his hands around his older brother’s throat with no recollection of the incident. The Department of Child Services, the local Police Department, and hospital staff soon became involved, also claiming to have witnessed the supernatural occurrences.


The film is set up over at Relativity Media, with Jackson Nguyen and Todd Crites producing via their Turn Left Productions banner. Relativity’s Richard Potter is overseeing development.