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Orphan Prequel Esther Is Happening with Brahms: The Boy 2 Director

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Orphan Prequel Esther Is Happening with Brahms: The Boy 2 Director
In something of a surprise announcement, it's been revealed that we're getting a prequel to 2009's Orphan. William Brent Bell, who most recently directed Brahms: The Boy 2, has been tapped to helm Esther. It's not at all uncommon for horror movies that made money to get sequels or follow-ups, but it's certainly less common for a prequel to happen more than a decade later to a movie such as this, which makes it all the more intriguing.

According to several reports, eOne and Dark Castle are behind Esther, which is named after the lead character in Orphan, played by Isabelle Fuhrman. The script was penned by David Coggeshall, whose previous credits include The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia and Prey. He also served as a producer on Spike TV's 1000 Ways to Die. There is no word on casting yet, but production is expected to begin this summer,
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‘Orphan’ Prequel ‘Esther’ Lands William Brent Bell as Director

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‘Orphan’ Prequel ‘Esther’ Lands William Brent Bell as Director
Director William Brent Bell — whose horror film “Brahms: The Boy II” hits theaters this Friday — has been tapped to direct “Esther,” a prequel to the 2009 horror film “Orphan,” for Entertainment One (eOne) and Dark Castle.

Production is set to begin this summer on the David Coggeshall-scripted film that will revisit the murderous sociopath featured in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s original film, which grossed nearly $78 million worldwide for Warner Bros.

A description for the prequel reads:

Lena Klammer orchestrates a brilliant escape from a Russian psychiatric facility and travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. But Lena’s new life as “Esther” comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost.

Dark Castle Entertainment’s Alex Mace, Hal Sadoff and Ethan Erwin will produce with James Tomlinson. David Leslie Johnson will serve as an executive
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‘Brahms: The Boy II’s William Brent Bell To Direct ‘Orphan’ Prequel ‘Esther’ For eOne – EFM

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‘Brahms: The Boy II’s William Brent Bell To Direct ‘Orphan’ Prequel ‘Esther’ For eOne – EFM
With his sequel set to open this weekend, Stx’s Brahms: The Boy II, William Brent Bell will next direct Esther, a prequel to to Warner Bros.’/Dark Castle’s 2009 genre pic Orphan for eOne. Sierra/Affinity is also launching sales at the Berlin Film Festival.

The prequel is written by David Coggeshall. In it, Lena Klammer orchestrates a brilliant escape from a Russian psychiatric facility and travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. But Lena’s new life as “Esther” comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost. Filming is expected to start in the third quarter.

Bell also directed the first The Boy for Stx. He is in the final stages of post-production on his next feature, Separation, a Brooklyn-set supernatural thriller starring Emmy Award nominee Rupert Friend and Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Brian Cox.
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William Brent Bell to direct Sierra/Affinity Efm sales title 'Esther'

William Brent Bell to direct Sierra/Affinity Efm sales title 'Esther'
Production expected to commence in third quarter.

William Brent Bell has signed on to direct Sierra/Affinity Efm sales title and eOne and Dark Castle horror Esther.

The plot centres on Lena Klammer, the character from Dark Castle’s 2009 Warner Bros release Orphan, who escapes from a Russian psychiatric facility and travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family.

However Klammer’s new life as Esther hits a roadblock when she encounters a mother who will protect her family at any cost. David Coggeshall wrote the screenplay.

Production is expected to commence in the third quarter of the year,
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‘The Boy’ & ‘The Devil Inside’ Director William Brent Bell Lines Up Folk-Horror ‘Lord Of Misrule’ With ‘The Quiet Ones’ Scribe, Bankside Launches At Efm

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‘The Boy’ & ‘The Devil Inside’ Director William Brent Bell Lines Up Folk-Horror ‘Lord Of Misrule’ With ‘The Quiet Ones’ Scribe, Bankside Launches At Efm
Exclusive: The Boy and The Devil Inside filmmaker William Brent Bell is set to direct contemporary folk-horror Lord Of Misrule, which Bankside is launching world sales on at the Efm.

Set in a small town in the English countryside, the film will follow a desperate search for the young daughter of the town’s new minister. The girl goes missing during a Solstice Festival. The closer the locals and police get towards finding the girl, the more secrets from the town’s past emerge.

Tom de Ville (The Quiet Ones) has scripted the commercially-minded genre project, whose plot, on paper, has echoes of The Wicker Man. Casting is underway with shoot planned for summer 2020.

Producers are Laurie Cook and Jason Newmark and The Machine Room’s William Brent Bell and James Tomlinson. Executive producers are Richard Mansell, Ed Fraiman and Adam Nagel. The film will be a Bigscope Films and
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