The Winchester Mystery House is one of the most famous “haunted” locations in the entire state of California; the San Jose landmark was the inspiration for the horror-survival video-game The Evil Within, and has been featured on paranormal reality-TV programs like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures—even an episode of MythBusters. Renowned for its impressive size, architectural curiosities, and lack of any master building plan, the sprawling Victorian mansion at 525 South Winchester Blvd. may soon be getting its own movie.
Per Deadline: Daybreakers helmers Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig have been set to direct Winchester, a supernatural thriller based on the world famous Winchester Mystery House. The Spierigs, who also helmed Predestination, have written the script and the film is set for financing by Diamond Pictures and Bullitt Entertainment, just in time for the Cannes market.
Winchester tells the strange and dramatic tale of Sarah Winchester, who was heir to the Winchester firearms fortune. Her husband and child died suddenly, and Sarah came to believe she had been cursed by the lethal legacy of the “gun that won the west” and all of those who ended up on the wrong end of the gun barrel. She consulted a medium, who sent her to San Jose in 1884 to begin a massive construction process that took 38 years and resulted in a 24,000-square-foot, 160-room Gothic mansion. Winchester was developed by Imagination Design Works, which owns rights to the house and gave this film its only endorsement, which allows the film to shoot on the premises of the actual home.
According to Wikipedia: “Today the home is owned by Winchester Investments LLC, a privately held company representing the descendants of John and Mayme Brown. The home retains unique touches that reflect Sarah Winchester’s beliefs and her reported preoccupation with warding off malevolent spirits. These spirits are said to have directly inspired her as to the way the house should be built. The number thirteen and spider web motifs, which carried spiritual significance for her, occur throughout the house.”