After international attention, media companies saw a hot topic in the events claimed to occur in Gary, Indiana. The priest has signed a movie deal and will also collaborate with Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures.
The Rev. Michael Maginot has signed a deal with Evergreen Media Holdings to bring “The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons” to the big screen.
Maginot, of St. Stephen, Martyr parish in Merrillville, declined to disclose the terms of his contract with Evergreen Executive Chairman Tony DeRosa-Grund, calling it a “standard deal.” DeRosa-Grund produced “The Conjuring,” grossing $318 million worldwide.
Right there… THANKS THE CONJURING!!!! for making this scary nonsense so culturally popular. Did you know that once upon a time, the ideas of demonic possession was sort of out of favor in the U.S.? According to author Roger Clarke in “A Natural History of Ghosts“, two books catapulted the superstition back into the public interest: Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudon and Blatty’s The Exorcist.
Now, we have not only movies using the devilish bits with great liberty but TV “reality” shows portraying haunted houses as full of demons. We can thank Paranormal State for that, I think. Certain people also promote this idea in culture, such as Lorraine Warren, Bob Larson and the Catholic church. We can’t just blame Hollywood for the rise of the demonic in pop culture. It’s happening right down your street. But you know what? It’s still complete nonsense.
The priest said this of the deal:
[...] he signed a contract with DeRosa-Grund because he felt the producer wouldn’t sensationalize what happened.
“The story is good as it is,” Maginot said. “You don’t need to go crazy with it.”
Actually, I’d rephrase that — the story is crazy as it is, you don’t need to keep promoting it as real. Zak will also make a documentary for the Travel Channel with Maginot.
As our tipster noted, you can BET that anything produced from the Ammons story will be given the disingenuous claim of “Based on a True Story” when the truth is the last thing anyone is apparently interested in.