Novelist Henry James' atmospheric ghost story The Turn of the Screw has been used as inspiration for many Hollywood supernatural outings over the decades and was directly adapted into The Innocents, an excellent 1961 film starring Deborah Kerr with a tense, taut screenplay by Truman Capote.
Now filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the director who brought us 28 Weeks Later, the impressive sequel to Danny Boyle's zombie outbreak flick 28 Days Later, is tapping into the vintage literary terror for his latest movie, titled Haunted. Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment wil executive-produce this new paranormal project, taking its cue from the disturbing 1898 gothic novella about an innocent English governess who ventures to a remote British estate to care for two strange children seemingly possessed by the spirits of deceased former caretakers at the mansion. Her slow descent into madness and the psycho-sexual layering of the narrative invite stimulating debate as to whether the malevolent spirits in the film actually exist.
Fresnadillo is currently working on the pilot for a new sci-fi thriller for Syfy called Prototype, centering around "three unlikely cohorts who stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics."
No word on casting yet for DreamWorks' Haunted, but the script is being written by spookshow veterans Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, the twin-brother writing pair who delivered the screenplays for James Wan's The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. Does this new adaptation of Henry James' immortal classic sound like a recipe for real chills, or are you done with horror films about creepy kids?