The Hunger Games Stanley Tucci is set to star alongside Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”, pictured above in The Blackcoat’s Daughter) in The Silence, produced by Constantin Film and Emjag Prods., and directed by John Leonetti, who enjoyed a major horror hit with Annabelle.
The film follows Ally, a deaf teenager who is terrorized by a lethal bat species called Vesps.
The Silence is based on the best-selling novel by fantasy/horror writer Tim Lebbon (“Star Wars: Into The Void”) with a screenplay by the Van Dyke brothers, Carey and Shane (Chernobyl Diaries).
Produced by Robert Kulzer (“Resident Evil”), Alexandra Milchan (“Wolf of Wall Street”) and Scott Lambert (AMC’s “The Terror”) with Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz executive producing. Mister Smith Entertainment is launching “The Silence” at this year’s Cannes Film Market.
The project is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to begin principal photography in September. Both Deadline and Variety contributed to this report.
“Story follows the terrifying tale of Ally, a deaf teenager, and her family whose world is turned upside down by a deadly and primeval force. In the fields near her New Jersey home, a colony of bats are attacked by a parasitic insect and soon morph into a new lethal species called Vesps. As the blind, winged creatures quickly grow, spread and attack the human population, Ally’s heightened senses become her strength. She can feel when the Vesps are close and realizes that even the slightest noise summons them in huge numbers. She and her family seek refuge in the woods where they must live in total silence. Amidst the creature chaos, they learn that humans can be just as dangerous when they are fighting to survive.”