Currently streaming on Shudder and available now as a Steelbook Blu-ray release, Issa López's Tigers Are Not Afraid was one of the best horror films of 2019, but what's next for talent filmmaker? Well, aside from her untitled werewolf western collaboration with Guillermo del Toro, we've now learned she has teamed up with Blumhouse to direct a new horror film titled Our Lady of Tears.
Blumhouse recently acquired the rights and is developing the film, based on the recently published Epic Magazine article, "The Haunting of Girlstown," written by Daniel Hernandez and published on Vox.
López is set to write and direct the film adaptation of the article that focuses on a mass hysteria epidemic with supernatural roots, that in 2007 spread through Villa de las Niñas, an all girls, Catholic boarding school in the outskirts of Mexico City. The school recruited and isolated socially neglected girls coming from families living in extreme poverty and in remote areas of Mexico.
"The moment I read the Epic article, I knew I wanted to tell this story. I myself attended a Catholic school in Mexico City. I grew up on a steady diet of supernatural visitations and miracles, and of the real life horrors that young girls who grow up in poverty face every day in Mexico, and around the world. Having the chance to tell that story with Jason and his team, producers of such socially incisive genre classics like Get Out, and of so many true horror gems, is a huge privilege. I couldn’t be more excited about this movie," López said about the project.
Our Lady of Tears will be produced by Blumhouse in association with Epic Media.
Jason Blum will produce with Epic's Joshua Davis and Arthur Spector. Epic co-founder Joshuah Bearman will executive produce.