Master of horror James Wan produces ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

One of the most iconic and widely known figures in Mexican folklore, La Llorona – and her terrible, eternal hunt for children’s souls to replace the ones she drowned in life – has fueled the nightmares of generations of kids and left her mark on a vast swath of Latin America.  Her story has taken on a life of its own through centuries of tellings.  And though it twists and turns along the way, in every form and any language, one thing remains constant:  it still scares the living daylights out of anyone who hears it.

“When I first came to America, one of the first stories that people would come up and tell me was the legend of La Llorona,” says James Wan, producer of the upcoming “The Curse of La Llorona” from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures.

“People see my movies and guess that I love ghost stories – and they’re right – but La Llorona is so much more,” continues Wan.  “It hits you at the deepest levels of horror and touches on fears you didn’t even know you had.  You understand why it’s such an integral part of people’s lives growing up.  I just became fixated on this story.  I thought, ‘What an amazing, scary figure to bring to the big screen.’”

The opportunity to bring La Llorona to the big screen went beyond Wan’s own obsession with the tale.  “La Llorona is a cultural phenomenon and beloved by some of the biggest horror fans in the world.  So when this project came along, all I wanted to do was help get it off the ground so people could see this story they love so much come to life on the big screen.”

With the addition of Gary Dauberman, the producing team was complete, and the search was on for a director.  But when an innovative, intensely creepy short called “The Maiden” debuted online, that critical piece of the puzzle clicked into place.  “We were all sort of bowled over by it,” Dauberman recalls.  “It was directed with such a sure hand, and managed to scare you with just a camera and subtle practical effects.  From the aesthetic, we guessed it was made by someone who loved the same movies we did – and we were right.”

Michael Chaves not only grew up loving movies, some of his favorites were directed by Wan, so to find himself in a room with one of his filmmaking heroes was akin to an out-of-body experience.  “From start to finish, this journey has been the craziest ride of my life, and such an honor,” Chaves marvels.  

“James is an amazing filmmaker and was incredibly supportive,” Chavez adds.  “At every stage of the process, he would come up with these great, simple insights that were always targeted to finding the story you want to tell and what the audience wants to see in each moment.”

In Philippine cinemas May 1, “The Curse of La Llorona” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  #LaLlorona

About “The Curse of La Llorona”

From New Line Cinema and producer James Wan, “The Curse of La Llorona” brings the iconic Latin American legend to terrifying life in an original horror film, marking the feature directorial debut of Michael Chaves, the innovative filmmaker behind the award-winning short “The Maiden.”   

In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night—and the children.  Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.  Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.  

Produced by James Wan (“Aquaman”), Gary Dauberman (screenwriter “IT” and “Annabelle” franchises) and Emile Gladstone (“Army of One”), “The Curse of La Llorona” stars Linda Cardellini (the Oscar-winning “Green Book,” Netflix’s “Bloodline”), Raymond Cruz (TV’s “Breaking Bad,” “Training Day”) and Patricia Velasquez (TV’s “Arrested Development,” “The Mummy” films), along with Marisol Ramirez (TV’s “NCIS: Los Angeles”), Sean Patrick Thomas (the “Barbershop” films, “Halloween: Resurrection”), Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen (“Selfless”) and newcomer Roman Christou.

WATCH: New trailer for ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ gets animals emotional

Just when you think you have them all figured out, discover the secret emotional life of pets in  the brand-new trailer for Universal Pictures and llumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2.

Check out the trailer below and watch The Secret Life of Pets 2 in Philippine cinemas June 5.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.#TheSecretLifeOfPets2

About The Secret Life of Pets 2

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax).

Bailey shares tender moments in new posters of ‘A Dog’s Journey’

Universal Pictures has revealed two new adorable posters for its heartwarming drama A Dog’s Journey, the highly awaited sequel to 2017’s A Dog’s Purpose.  The cast is led by returning stars Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger and Josh Gad as the voice of Bailey.

With the tagline, “Some friendships transcend lifetimes,” the posters show the dog Bailey sharing a tender moment with Quaid’s character, Ethan, and his granddaughter, CJ.

Check out the film’s new one-sheets below and watch A Dog’s Journey in Philippine cinemas May 15.

A Dog’s Journey is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #ADogsJourney

About A Dog’s Journey

Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.

Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.

Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron.