It’s 2015 and by now you should have visited or at least heard of The White Witch of Rose Hall. If so, you’ll be pleased to know that the folks behind Final Destination are turning the story of Annie Palmer into a major motion picture. There have been many attempts to make a movie about The White Witch, but now we’re convinced the good folks at Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, a marketing and film production company, will make it happen this year after visiting Jamaica and touring the Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay last year.
The fact-based thrillers will be written and executive-produced by Jeffrey Reddick, who created the $650 million Final Destination horror-film franchise. The team has allocated $90 million to create a trilogy of movies and are set to get some A-List talent to star in hopes to make Annie Palmer a household name to scare people for years to come.
The first movie in the trilogy is currently being developed with a budget in the $20 million-$30 million range and will begin shooting this year. “Thankfully for us, the team partnered with the Rollings family, who now own the property and gave us a tour of the Rose Hall Plantation. Let’s just say, it was one of the scariest experiences ever,” Arthur Wylie said on his visit. The forthcoming trilogy, “Annie Palmer – The White Witch of Rose Hall,” is part of a major push for Jamaica to become a new film industry hot spot.
Production on “The White Witch” is set to begin this year, and in a unique way to promote the impending film, the GRE group took international press on an “interactive tour” of Rose Hall last October.
If the movie is better than the tour then it should be epic. As the legend goes, the nanny taught the girl witchcraft and voodoo, and Annie eventually moved to Jamaica and married John Palmer, owner of the Rose Hall Plantation, near Montego Bay. Annie murdered her new husband, along with two subsequent husbands, as well as several male plantation slaves and was herself murdered by a slave named Takoo. According to the legend, Palmer’s ghost stalks the grounds of the plantation near Montego Bay to this day. A song about the story, ‘The Ballad of Annie Palmer,’ was even recorded by country music icon Johnny Cash in the 1970s.
What will all of this mean for Jamaica? After on the tour‚ the GRE group and Michael Rollins, whose family purchased Rose Hall in the Sixties, held a press conference to talk about “The White Witch of Rose Hall” and what this film franchise could not only mean for Montego Bay, but for the island and its citizens. You may read more on Yahoo!’s visit