Movie About Winchester Mystery House in San Jose Begins Filming

The Winchester Mystery House will soon be immortalized on celluloid.

The popular San Jose haunt doesn't look at all scary in the bright sunshine. But some Australian filmmakers are turning Sarah Winchester's eccentric story into a psychological thriller for the big screen.

CBS Films announced that production on "Winchester" began Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia. The movie crew will begin shooting scenes at the mansion starting Friday, the production company said.

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren and actor Jason Clarke sit down with NBC Bay Area’s Scott Budman to discuss the upcoming Winchester Mystery House movie.

The plot of "Winchester" follows a psychologist who studies firearm heiress Sarah Winchester and concludes her obsession with constructing her mansion wasn't so crazy after all. Winchester was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself 24/7 into the construction of the enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay, according to the Winchester Mystery House website.

The title character is being portrayed by Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren. The film is written and directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig.

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