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A Prequel Is In The Works For 2009 Horror Movie Orphan

A Prequel Is In The Works For 2009 Horror Movie Orphan

A prequel to the much-loved horror movie Orphan is in the works. Remember, the one about the creepy woman who pretends to be a little girl? Yeah, that one.

The news has been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly, which reports that director William Brent Bell has been signed up to take the lead on Esther, with filming set to start later this year.

The prequel, written by David Coggeshall, sees Leena Klammer (Isabelle Fuhrman's character in the original film) escape from a Russian psychiatric facility and to the United States by impersonating 'Esther', the missing daughter of a rich family.

But her dastardly plot doesn't go as planned when she comes up against a resolute mother who will stop at nothing to protect her family.

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This comes more than 10 years after the original movie hit cinemas. The 2009 film follows the story of a couple whose lives take a sinister turn when they adopt a 'little girl' from an orphanage.

The original movie saw a woman impersonate a little girl so she could be taken in by a grieving couple. Credit:
The original movie saw a woman impersonate a little girl so she could be taken in by a grieving couple. Credit:

Its synopsis reads: "Devastated by the loss of their unborn baby, Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) decide to adopt a child.

"At the orphanage, both feel drawn to a little girl (Fuhrman) named Esther, and soon the couple take their new daughter home. But when a dangerous series of events unfolds, Kate begins to suspect that there is something evil lurking behind the child's angelic exterior."

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Earlier this month, it was announced that plans were underway for a new Silent Hill movie.

It's been almost 15 years since the classic video game was adapted into a horror flick. And despite 2012's Silent Hill: Revelation - which was widely panned by viewers and critics alike - fans have been waiting patiently for the franchise's return.

A new Silent Hill movie is also in the pipeline. Credit: Konami
A new Silent Hill movie is also in the pipeline. Credit: Konami
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Well, according to the director of the first film, Christophe Gans, a new movie is in the works.

Speaking to French site Allocine, the 59-year-old revealed that it was one of two projects he is working on.

He said: "I have two horror film projects with Victor Hadida. I am working on the adaptation of the video game Project Zero (Fatal Frame.) The film will take place in Japan. I especially don't want to uproot the game from its Japanese haunted house setting.

"And we're also working on a new Silent Hill. The project will always be anchored in this atmosphere of a small American town, ravaged by Puritanism. I think it's time to make a new one."

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Topics: TV and Film, Horror, US Entertainment

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