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“Game of Thrones” Star Joins ‘Haunted’, a Steven Spielberg Passion Project!

Baxck in March Deadline reported that Amblin Entertainment had tapped 28 Weeks Later‘s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct Haunted, a passion project for Steven Spielberg, who really wanted to make a scary film.

Haunted is inspired by the 1898 Henry James gothic ghost story “Turn Of the Screw,” and will be scripted by The Conjuring‘s Chad Hayes & Carey Hayes.

Alfre Woodard, pictured below in Annabelle, will be starring in the Gothic ghost story along with “Games of Thrones” and Honeymoon‘s Rose Leslie, above.

The pic’s being produced by Blair Witch, Death Note and The Ring‘s Roy Lee, John Middleton and Scott Bernstein.

The novella’s anonymous narrator is a young woman, a parson’s daughter, who is engaged as governess to two seemingly innocent children at a remote English country house. What initially seems a idyllic soon turns nightmarish, as she becomes convinced that the children are consorting with a pair of malevolent spirits. These are the ghosts of former employees at Bly: a valet and a previous governess. In life, scandalously, the two of them had been discharged as illicit lovers, and their spectral visitations with the children hint at Satanism and possible sexual abuse. The book amply fulfills its pledge, laid down in the first few pages, that nothing can touch it in terms of sheer “dreadful—dreadfulness.” (Amazon)




  • Matt

    A movie adaptation of ‘Turn Of the Screw’ could be interesting, however I’m not sure what they mean by “inspired”. Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs were all “inspired” by the story of Ed Gein, but were all wildly different films, and all quite different than the real story.

    With Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directing (loved 28 Weeks), and with Rose Leslie (she was great in GoT) and the ultra-versatile Alfre Woodard starring, it definitely raises the interest level.

    The thing that concerns me just a bit is Steven Spielberg’s involvement. He has directed and produced some of the truly great films of the past 45+ years, but has been (for me) pretty hit and miss over the past 15 or so years. Let’s hope he’s got another soon-to-be classic in this one. I look forward to more details.

  • jeebus

    Another Turn of the Screw adaptation? The Innocents did it well enough. All of the others since then have fallen a bit flat I think.

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