Mysterious L.A. Rooftop Hotel Death of Elisa Lam to Be Focus of Horror Movie

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The death of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam, whose body was found in a water tank atop a Los Angeles hotel, has inspired the plot of a Hollywood horror movie.


Elisa Lam, 21, of Vancouver, Canada, was found drowned in a downtown hotel’s rooftop water tank last year. She is seen in a photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Lam, 21, was found dead in a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel on Feb. 21, 2013. Her odd behavior in the hours before her disappearance sparked fears and conspiracy theories about how she died.

Deadline Hollywood reported that Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach Productions acquired rights to the screenplay “The Bringing,” speculatively written by Brandon and Phillip Murphy, which focuses on a detective’s mysterious encounters as he investigates Lam’s death. Sources confirmed details of the project to The Times.

Before Lam’s body was found she had been missing for weeks. Los Angeles police released video from a hotel elevator that showed her acting strangely in the hours before her disappearance. She can be seen stepping into the elevator and pressing multiple buttons, then peeking outside. Later, she steps out of the elevator and waves her arms, but no one else is ever shown in the video.

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Authorities investigate a downtown L.A. hotel’s rooftop water tank where Elisa Lam’s body was found in February 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

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