The Turning (2019 film)

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The Turning
Directed byFloria Sigismondi
Produced bySteven Spielberg
Seth William Meier
Scott Bernstein
Roy Lee
Screenplay byCarey Hayes
Chad Hayes
Based onThe Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
StarringMackenzie Davis
Finn Wolfhard
Brooklynn Prince
Music byHenry Jackman
CinematographyDavid Ungaro
Edited byDuwayne Dunham
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
CountryUnited States

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.[2] 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.




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.[3] 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.[4][5]

Fresnadillo project (2016)[edit]

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.[4] 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.[4]

On August 1, 2016, it was announced that Alfre Woodard had signed on to the project.[6] Later that month, Rose Leslie joined the project as the lead.[7]

On September 21, 2016, five weeks before shooting, Steven Spielberg personally pulled the plug on the project[4] 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.[4] 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.[4]

Sigismondi project (2017-onward)[edit]

On August 24, 2017, Deadline reported that Amblin Entertainment had set Floria Sigismondi to direct Haunted, now renamed as The Turning,[5] 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.[8] In October 2017, Mackenzie Davis signed on to portray the lead role of the nanny.[9] In December 2017, it was announced that Finn Wolfhard was cast as one of the orphans.[10] In January 2018, Brooklynn Prince joined the cast.[11] In February 2018, the rest of the cast was announced as principal production commenced.[2]


Principal production began in Ireland on February 14, 2018.[2] 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.[2][12] Filming for Wolfhard and Prince concluded on March 27, 2018.[13][14] Principle photography for the film completed on April 6, 2018.[15]


The film was originally scheduled to be released on February 22, 2019, by Universal Pictures.[16] 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.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Film releases". Variety Insight. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "#IrishFilm: Production underway in Wicklow on Spielberg-produced horror The Turning". Scannain. February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2016-03-09). "Juan Carlos Fresnadillo To Helm Ghost Tale 'Haunted' For DreamWorks". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Masters, Kim (2016-09-21). "DreamWorks Shuts Down Ghost Story 'Haunted' Weeks Before Start Date (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  5. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (2017-08-24). "Floria Sigismondi To Direct Henry James-Inspired 'The Turning' For Amblin". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  6. ^ Masters, Kim (2016-08-01). "Alfre Woodard Joins DreamWorks' 'Haunted' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  7. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2016-08-11). "'Game Of Thrones' Rose Leslie To Star In DreamWorks' 'Haunted'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  8. ^ Evry, Max (2017-12-13). "Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard to Star in Horror Film The Turning". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2017-10-03). ""BLADE RUNNER 2049'S" MACKENZIE DAVIS TO STAR IN AMBLIN'S GHOST STORY "THE TURNING" (EXCLUSIVE)". The Hollywood Tracking Board. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (2017-12-13). "'Stranger Things' Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film 'The Turning' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  11. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2018-01-04). "'Florida Project's Brooklynn Prince Joins Amblin Haunted House Tale 'The Turning'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  12. ^ Stephens, David (2018-02-21). "Steven Spielberg Producing Horror Film Starring Finn Wolfhard". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  13. ^ Perkins, Ben (March 27, 2018). "#thatisawrap #theturningmovie #greatjob #floriasigismondi 🎥". Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  14. ^ Sigismondi, Floria (March 31, 2018). "I can't believe we finished shooting @finnwolfhardofficial and @thebrooklynnkimberly on @theturningmovie it was such a pleasure directing these two young talents!! One week left! #theturningmovie #ireland #femalefilmmakers". Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  15. ^ Sigismondi, Floria (April 6, 2018). "It's a wrap!! Just finished principle photography on The Turning!!!! #theturningmovie #mackenziedavis @finnwolfhardofficial @thebrooklynnkimberly @dennathomsen @amblin #niallgriegfulton #barbramarten #joelyrichardson #ireland #fff #womeninfilm #femalefilmmakers". Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  16. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 4, 2018). "Universal Dates Trio Of Amblin Pics: 'The Turning', 'A Dog's Journey' & 'Bios'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  17. ^ Hermanns, Grant (September 27, 2018). "How to Train Your Dragon 3 Release Date Moved Up One Week". Retrieved September 28, 2018.

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