With Mister Smith Entertainment launching international sales on The Silence in Cannes next week, the first casting news for Annabelle and Wish Upon director John Leonetti’s next film has come our way. Kiernan Shipka (The Blackcoat’s Daughter, “Feud: Bette and Joan,” “Mad Men”) is set to star in the horror feature from Constantin Film and EMJAG Productions.
Per Deadline, The Silence is based on the best-selling novel by fantasy-horror writer Tim Lebbon (Star Wars: Into the Void, The Cabin in the Woods) and is adapted by The Van Dyke Brothers, Carey and Shane (Chernobyl Diaries, The Watching Hour, “The Rift”). The project is currently in pre-production and scheduled to begin principal photography in September.
Producers on the film include Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil), Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Scott Lambert (AMC’s “The Terror”) with Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz, the prolific German industry veteran behind the Resident Evil franchise, exec producing.
The Silence tells 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.