Just a month out from filming, DreamWorks Pictures and producer Steven Spielberg have suddenly pulled the plug on the $17 million-budget gothic horror feature “Haunted”. Rose Leslie and Alfre Woodard are to star in the project which “The Conjuring” scribes Chad and Carey Hayes had initially penned.
A new adaptation of the Henry James classic story “The Turn of the Screw,” the original work follows a British governess who must look after the nephew and niece of a wealthy estate owner. She soon begins seeing two strange figures around the house’s grounds.
The cause of the stoppage ties back to the script. Spielberg and co. decided the film was not ready to go into production and so the studio commissioned a two week partial rewrite by director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and writer Scott Z. Burns to try and restart it – however it didn’t pan out. Fresnadillo and Dreamworks have since made a mutual and amicable decision to part ways.
‘Screw’ was previously adapted into Harold Pinter’s classic “The Innocents,” while the Nicole Kidman-led “The Others” owes a big debt to the work in terms of its setup.