Hammer has just announced that its next project, The Quiet Ones, is moving into production and will be presented for the first time at the upcoming European Film Market (EFM).
Written and to be directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop) The Quiet Ones marks Hammers follow up to Daniel Radcliffe starrer The Woman in Black, which was released last weekend in the US on 3,000 screens and grossed $21M.
Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying and evil than they ever could have imagined.
Nancy Nayor has commenced casting on the film which is currently in pre-production and will start shooting in May 2012 in South Africa.
The Quiet Ones will take its audience on a thrilling ride of jumps, scares and eerie tingles,” says Pogue, “which combined with set-pieces of unbearable tension will propel them through the shadowy chambers that imprison the tortured mind. Its a dark and claustrophobic picture which will portray how human desire can become trapped in an insidious world of its own creation and how you should always be careful what you wish for.
The news comes on the heels of the announcement that Hammer has picked up a new screenplay in the form of a Jack the Ripper tale entitled Gaslight.