Berlin 2013: Lionsgate U.K. Inks Deal For Jared Harris, Sam Claflin starrer 'The Quiet Ones'
February 8th, 2013
Exclusive Media seals a slew of deal memos across the globe for John Pogue's supernatural thriller which recently finished shooting.
Lionsgate U.K. has nabbed British rights toJohn Pogue's supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones starring Jared Harris andSam Claflin in a deal inked with Exclusive Media .
Inspired by true events, the movie details the story of an unorthodox but charismatic professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy.
Exclusive Media president of international sales and distribution Alex Walton said deals have been struck with EEAP for Eastern Europe and CIS, Independent for Benelux, Ascot Elite for Switzerland, CDC for Latin America, CCC for Japan, Nu Metro for South Africa and Front Row for the Middle East for the title.
In addition, other territory deals for the film include Deltamac for Hong Kong, Tanweer for India and Pakistan, D Productions for Turkey, Village Roadshow for Greece, Sam Films for Iceland, United King for Israel, PT Amero for Indonesia, Lotus Five Star for Malaysia, M Pictures for Thailand, Pioneer for Philippines and Star TV for SE Asia.
Scripted by Pogue, the movie just wrapped and marks the second film from British production banner Hammer Films, part of Exclusive Media Group, which last year broke British box office records with The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe.
The Quiet Ones is produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust andSimon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with L.A. based banner The Travelling Picture Show Company (TPSC).
Walton said: "Buyers have been responding really well to this unique twist on a classic poltergeist story, and we anticipate closing the remaining deals on the film at the European Film Market in Berlin."
Lionsgate U.K. CEO Zygi Kamasa added: "Hammer’s recent success shows the appetite for smart, modern horror and thriller movies. We’re looking forward to working with Exclusive to release The Quiet Ones which we think will have broad appeal to U.K. audiences."
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Hammer’s The Quiet Ones is its second UK production since the brand’s revival, and the follow-up to this year’s The Woman In Black. Set at Oxford University in the early seventies, the film stars Sherlock Holmes and Mad Men’s Jared Harris as a university physics professor who experiments with ‘negative energy’ in a bid to create paranormal activity.
Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Snow White and the Huntsman) plays a student of Harris’ Professor Coupland, and the recorder of the group’s dangerous and unethical experiments. Claflin is joined by Being Human’s Erin Richards. John Pogue directs the spooky story, which deals in poltergeists and psychological torture.
Buoyed by the success of The Woman in Black (which has spawned its own sequel, due out in 2014), The Quiet Ones is further proof that Hammer is blessedly back in the UK filmmaking business.
Watch a Sneak Peek of the Supernatural Horror Film THE QUIET ONES
August 24th, 2012
Watch a Sneak Peek of the Supernatural Horror Film THE QUIET ONES Starring Jared Harris and Sam Claflin
Hammer Films, the studio behind this year’s horror hit The Woman in Black, has released a sneak peek at their next foray into the genre: The Quiet Ones. The supernatural thriller is directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris (Mad Men) as an unorthodox professor “who uses controversial methods and leads his students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy.” The story takes place in the 1970s and also starsSnow White and the Huntsman’s Sam Claflin, who was recently cast as Finnick in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
This sneak peek takes us behind the scenes of the film’s shoot, as various people involved with the film talk about the story, production, and setting. Hit the link to take a look.
QUIET ONES, Sam Claflin is FINNICK in HUNGER GAMES Catching Fire
Movie Line August 22, 2012
Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Sam Claflin has been cast in the role of Finnick in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Charismatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen. After breaking out in his role as the romantic lead in last year’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, Claflin starred in the box office smash SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN playing Prince William alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. He recently finished filming THE QUIET ONESopposite Jarred Harris, and MARY & MARTHA, in which he co-stars with Hilary Swank. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone. Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013. Ongoing casting news and information for the film can be found at: www.CatchingFireCasting.com
The makers of the The Woman in Black, the highest-grossing British horror film of the past 20 years, have completed filming its follow up.
The Quiet Ones was filmed at The Bodleian Library and Merton College in Oxford by Hammer Films. It follows an Oxford professor as he creates a poltergeist through a series of dangerous experiments.
Jared Harris, who takes the lead role, described the experience of filming at the college as "amazing". The actor, who starred in Mad Men and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, added: "Normally you'd have to peer in here or bribe the porters."
The film also features Sam Claflin from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the BBC's White Heat.
Producer Ben Holden said: "Oxford sets up the traditions and the scope of the magnitude of what these characters are trying to do."
The Quiet Ones wrapped filming on 16 July.
Hammer was founded in 1934 and produced films until the 1980s, including Dracula and One Million Years B.C. It returned to film production in 2010 with Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In.
A spooky visit to the set of The Quiet Ones
June 27 2012
A creepy house and the ghost of Lane Pryce when scared Screen visits the set of a new Hammer production.
It’s an occupational embarrassment — I have a problem watching scary movies. The last frightful film I saw in a cinema was the original Thai version of The Shutter at the Bangkok FIlm Festival in 2005. I was in physical pain the next day because my body had been so tense and convoluted in the seat trying to shield my eyes from the scary parts. After that, I’ve only been able to watch scary flicks during the day on DVD at home with all the lights on. Or maybe on a flight (as was the case recently with The Woman In Black, during which I jumped so much that I nearly knocked over my seatmate’s G&T.)
So I thought one cure for my scaredycatness might be to visit the set of a scary film, seeing all the spooky stuff by daylight with lots of friendly people around. So I set off to the set of Hammer’s next film, supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones, at a half-abandoned estate near Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.
The Quiet Ones follows the story of an Oxford professor (Jared Harris) who goes rogue and takes some students (Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne) off the grid to try to create a poltergeist from negative human energy. They use troubled young girl Harper (Olivia Cooke) as the source of that energy. A local guy (Sam Claflin, a former Screen Star of Tomorrow) documents their experiments when they move from Oxford to an old family home (where I visited). The story was inspired by a real experiment in Toronto in 1972.
The people were indeed lovely — director John Pogue was chatty and the cast was having a great time at lunch teling stories and eating pear and Mars bar crumble together.
But with no sunshine outside, and partially darkened corridors, the house (as dressed by production) was seriously eery — it looked fully the part of a half-abandoned family home from the 1970s. My tour of the set included a trip to the bedroom of the character of Harper — when the door was shut I felt instantly claustrophobic. The props department showed me a, well, ‘distressed’ crib that will give me nightmares for life. And production designer Matthew Gant showed me some ‘supernatural’ inspired photographs that were also disturbing.
And, as if the set itself wasn’t scaring me enough, here I stood, a huge Mad Men fan, watching a scene in which Jared Harris [pictured], dressed in a suit, standing behind a desk, was drinking whisky, smoking and talking to colleagues. It was like the ghost of Lane Pryce appeared right in front of me!
So I can’t say that I have cured myself of the spooks. The film seems like a very smart genre piece, and I can’t wait to see it (maybe with a pillow in front of my face). (Exclusive handles sales of The Quiet Ones.)
'Mad Men's' Jared Harris to Star in U.K. Horror 'The Quiet Ones'
The Hammer horror movie is next in line after the Daniel Radcliffe starrer “The Woman In Black” on the banner’s U.K. production roster.
LONDON – Jared Harris, one of the star turns in Mad Men, has signed up to star inThe Quiet Ones, a horror/thriller to be directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) from a script by Tom DeVille.
Craig Rosenberg, Oren Movermanand most recently Pogue have had a hand in script revisions for the movie which details the story – inspired by true events -- of an unorthodox but charismatic professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy.
The movie marks the next film from British production banner Hammer Films, which recently broke local box office records with The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe and has taken north of $120 million worldwide to date.
James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop) will produce in association with L.A. based banner The Traveling Pictures Show Company.
Hammer parent company Exclusive Media’s president of worldwide production and acquisitions Tobin Armbrust will oversee production alongside director of development Shira Rockowitz.
Alex Walton, president of international sales and distribution will be selling the movie during the upcoming Marche du Film while TPSC Film's president Steven Chester Prince is a producer on the project for the newly formed independent film division of TPSC.
Currently in pre-production, the film is set to roll in the U.K. in June this year.
Exclusive Media vice chairman and Hammer president and CEO Simon Oakes and Guy East andNigel Sinclair, co-chairmen of Exclusive Media, Hammer’s parent company, announced Harris’s hire.
Harris recently starred in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and will next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, currently in post-production.
Director Chris Woods finished shooting a Desert Schools Federal Credit Union spot with NFL Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald.
Last weekend, TPSC's Kevin Matusow and Carissa Buffel attended the 5th Annual Playing For Good charity poker tournament held at Hank Azaria’s house. All proceeds benefited the Geffen Playhouse and Determined to Succeed. Other attendees included Jason Alexander, Don Cheadle and Ben Affleck.
Chris Woods and Carissa Buffel are in Duxford, England shooting a documentary titled "Eagle Squadron". The film will be told through the reflections of veteran Spitfire pilots who flew in WWII's Eagle Squadron and those who had intimate knowledge of the purpose and contribution of the Eagle Squadron pilots during Britain’s darkest days. These firsthand accounts will be woven into the words and reflections of the Horsemen, the modern day aerobatic pilots and stewards of the Spitfire planes and their legacy.