Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired from Exclusive Media the North American distribution rights to the Hammer production of The Quiet Ones, a supernatural thriller starring Jared Harris and Sam Claflin, and will bring the film to theaters next year on April 25, 2014. John Pogue directed the film from a script he wrote as well. The project was produced by Tobin Armbrust, Exclusive Media’s President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions, and Simon Oakes, President and CEO of Hammer and Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media, along with James Gay-Rees, Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Travelling Picture Show Company (TPSC). Lionsgate previously picked up the UK distribution rights to the film with plans to release theatrically in that territory. The announcement was made today by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.
Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, said, At Lionsgate, we have a long tradition of bringing original, distinctive horror movies to audiences. Director John Pogue demonstrates a mastery of the genre in this terrifying, jump-out-of-your seat movie inspired by actual events and co-starring actors Sam Claflin and Jared Harris, who are already part of the Lionsgate family. We can’t wait for moviegoers to experience ‘The Quiet Ones.”
The Quiet Ones is inspired by true events and tells the story of an unorthodox, but charismatic professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy.
Simon Oakes added, We are delighted that Lionsgate is so passionate about ‘The Quiet Ones’ and are excited to be teaming with them to release the film in both the US and UK. We are thrilled to be going to Cannes with an impressive list of distribution sales.
The Quiet Ones is John Pogue’s second directorial feature film following Quarantine 2: Terminal and his eighth title as writer, having worked on “The Skulls” trilogy, Ghost Ship, The Fast and the Furious and his first film, U.S. Marshals in 1998.