Deal Set to Film Trilogy Based on Legend of Annie Palmer in Jamaica

150134Arthur Wylie of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and Michael Rollins, director of Rose Hall Developments, announced that they will partner with the island of Jamaica to produce an epic trilogy of films based on the legend of Annie Palmer — The White Witch of Rose Hall.

Details were announced Friday at a press conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The fact-based supernatural thrillers will be written and executive produced by Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the $650 million Final Destination franchise.

The first film in the planned trilogy is in development with an estimated production budget of $20 million to $30 million, and will begin shooting next year in Jamaica. The trilogy adds to the catalogue of Global’s multi-picture deal with Reddick, which includes the upcoming Superstition franchise.

White Witch of Rose Hall is based on a well-known story in Jamaica about Annie Palmer — an English-Irish woman born in Haiti in the early 1800s. When her parents died of yellow fever, she was adopted by a nanny who taught her to practice witchcraft and voodoo. She moved to Jamaica and married John Palmer, owner of Rose Hall Plantation. Annie murdered Palmer along with two subsequent husbands and others. Annie’s spirit is believed to haunt the Great House of Rose Hall to this day.

“Jamaica has been near and dear to my heart,” said Rollins. “To have a project like this, from Jamaica, filmed in Jamaica, is something that our family has been working to realize for over 50 years now.”

The producers are working hand in hand with JAMPRO, an organization that works closely with local and global entrepreneurs seeking to tap into the many investment and trade opportunities in Jamaica. Global’s goal is to bring additional film opportunities to Jamaica while providing employment opportunities for its residents.



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