Tigers Are Not Afraid was a critical hit last year, and that has naturally led to more opportunities for director Issa Lopez. She is heading to preeminent horror studio Blumhouse for a true-life, supernatural tale revolving around mass hysteria for her next film.
The film is titled Our Lady Of Tears, and Lopez will write and direct. It’s an adaptation of Daniel Hernandez‘s article “The Haunting of Girlstown”, which was published by Epic Magazine and Vox.
The film 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”, Lopez said in a statement. “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 Blum 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”.
Blum added: “The Blumhouse team was enthralled by the original article and Daniel’s deep reporting around such a terrifying and heartbreaking story. Ever since I first watched Tigers Are Not Afraid, I have wanted to find a project to collaborate on with Issa and I knew this was a perfect fit. I can’t wait for audiences to see her take on this material”.
This is obviously a great fit. While Blumhouse has big franchises like Halloween and Insidious, they’re also home to smart, socially conscious, original horror movies like Get Out and The Invisible Man. The studio is the perfect fit for a similarly socially relevant horror film like Our Lady Of Tears. Keep an eye on Lopez; this could be the start of an esteemed horror career.