The death of Elisa Lam is so creepy and shocking and mysterious that, no big surprise, a movie will be made about it. Lam was a 21-year-old visiting Los Angeles from Canada when she disappeared at the rundown hotel she was staying at, the Cecil Hotel. She was subsequently found dead in the hotel's rooftop water tank. Then elevator surveillance video surfaced that showed Elisa having a decidedly spooky encounter before she vanished. Her death still hasn't been explained, though it was rather bizarrely ruled an "accidental drowning" -- but perhaps a movie version will take care of that. For a screenplay based on Elisa's death has been sold to Sony Pictures.
Elisa's drowning has attracted a cult following of people trying to solve her death (because, you know, officially it's not a murder!). There are websites and blogs dedicated to it. But who knows if screenwriters Phillip and Brandon Murphy will solve the mystery in the movie.
The movie, called The Bringing, will be produced by Michael De Luca, who also produced The Social Network. It follows a private investigator who is hired to look into an Elisa Lam-like murder at a rundown hotel in L.A. There, he finds that the hotel has a dark, secret past. Just like the real hotel! In real life, the hotel once housed no less than two serial killers -- Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger.
Ramirez died on death row last year for killing at least 13 people in the Los Angeles and San Francisco area. He raped and tortured many more. If you ever see video of Richard Ramirez, you feel like you are looking at evil incarnate.
Jack Unterweger is an Austrian serial killer who killed at least nine people. He killed three prostitutes while staying at the Cecil Hotel. He committed suicide after his conviction.
Guess this place isn't too picky about its clientele.
The hotel was bought by new owners and refurbished in 2007 -- but that didn't seem to stop the creep factor. In February 2013, Elisa's body was found there. Mysteriously stuffed into a roof water tank.
Despite Elisa Lam's spine-tingling behavior in the elevator video taken shortly before her death -- police have said that her death was due to "accidental drowning, other significant conditions: bipolar disorder." Yet her family claims she had no mental illness.
Also, you have to wonder how she managed to crawl into a rooftop water tank and drown herself.
Maybe the movie will answer some questions for us. Casting suggestions?
What do you think happened to Elisa? Here is the video surveillance of her before her death:
Image via LAPD