The Turning (2019 film)
|Directed by||Floria Sigismondi|
|Produced by||Steven Spielberg|
Seth William Meier
|Screenplay by||Carey Hayes|
|Based on||The Turn of the Screw|
by Henry James
|Music by||Henry Jackman|
|Edited by||Duwayne Dunham|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
The Turning is an upcoming American supernatural horror film directed by Floria Sigismondi and executive produced by Steven Spielberg that is a modern adaptation of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It will star Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, and Brooklynn Prince.
A young woman hired to nanny two orphans is convinced that the old country mansion they live in is haunted by a ghost.
- Mackenzie Davis as Kate
- Finn Wolfhard as Miles
- Brooklynn Prince as Flora
- Mark Huberman as Bert
- Edgar Wright as Peter Quint
- Barbara Marten as Mrs. Grose
- Denna Thomsen as Miss Jessel
The film first entered development in March 2016 and was described as a passion project for Steven Spielberg, who wanted to be involved in a scary film again. The film adaptation went through two phases of production: first as Haunted with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo attached as director, then renamed as The Turning with Floria Sigismondi.
Fresnadillo project (2016)
On March 9, 2016, Deadline reported that Amblin Entertainment was hiring Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct Haunted, which was inspired by Henry James' 1898 gothic ghost story, The Turn Of The Screw and would be scripted by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes with Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment, John Middleton and Scott Bernstein as the producers. Haunted, which was to shoot under the DreamWorks label, would have been one of the first new projects to move forward since DreamWorks, Amblin and Participant formed the new Amblin Partners late 2015, and DreamWorks, after distributing its movies through Disney since 2008, struck a new distribution deal with Universal.
On September 21, 2016, five weeks before shooting, Steven Spielberg personally pulled the plug on the project due to the page-one rewrite by Scott Z. Burns that caused seismic changes in the fabric of the story (altering characters, action, even the title) that it no longer resembled the project the studio signed on to make. Spielberg and DreamWorks decided the best course of action was to fire Fresnadillo and Burns, going back to the original Hayes Brothers script and looking to start fresh development with a new director, despite $5 million having already been spent of the $17 million budget.
Sigismondi project (2017-onward)
On August 24, 2017, Deadline reported that Amblin Entertainment had set Floria Sigismondi to direct Haunted, now renamed as The Turning, which would feature a new draft by Jade Bartlett based on the original script by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes. Production was expected to start in early 2018 with Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee still attached as producers. In October 2017, Mackenzie Davis signed on to portray the lead role of the nanny. In December 2017, it was announced that Finn Wolfhard was cast as one of the orphans. In January 2018, Brooklynn Prince joined the cast. In February 2018, the rest of the cast was announced as principal production commenced.
Principal production began in Ireland on February 14, 2018. Filming began with the cast and crew behind strict security at Killruddery House in County Wicklow with Steven Spielberg present in Ireland to oversee the filming and production. Filming for Wolfhard and Prince concluded on March 27, 2018. Principle photography for the film completed on April 6, 2018.
The film was originally scheduled to be released on February 22, 2019, by Universal Pictures. In September 2018, the film was removed from Universal's release schedule, with DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World being released in its place.
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