The Establishing Shot: Hammer announce The Quiet Ones as their next production after The Woman In Black

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Thursday, February 09, 2012

HammerWe were supposed to interview Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer yesterday - unfortunately we missed the opportunity otherwise we would have undoubtedly broken this story yesterday.

Hot on the heels of the announcement that The Woman In Black exceeded box office expectations to open in the No.2 spot in its three day opening weekend in the US, grossing just over $21M. Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media and Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer announced yesterday that Hammer’s latest supernatural thriller/horror, The Quiet Ones, will be presented for the first time at the upcoming European Film Market.

Written and to be directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop) The Quiet Ones marks Hammer’s follow up to Daniel Radcliffe starrer The Woman in Black, which was released last weekend in the US on 3,000 screens grossing an outstanding $21M.

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying and evil than they ever could have imagined.

Exclusive Media’s President of Worldwide Production & Acquisitions, Tobin Armbrust, will oversee production alongside Director of Development, Shira Rockowitz. Nancy Nayor has commenced casting on the film which is currently in pre-production and will start shooting in May 2012 in South Africa.

John Pogue said: “The Quiet Ones will take its audience on a thrilling ride of jumps, scares and eerie tingles which combined with set-pieces of unbearable tension will propel them through the shadowy chambers that imprison the tortured mind. It’s a dark and claustrophobic picture which will portray how human desire can become trapped in an insidious world of its own creation and how you should always…be careful what you wish for.”

Simon Oakes, President & CEO of Hammer and Vice Chairman of Exclusive Media said: “We can’t wait to showcase The Quiet Ones at EFM. It’s an incredibly chilling and sinister picture that we are proud to be a part of.

Exclusive Media is a major force in the production and international distribution arena. Other recent production titles include George Clooney’s The Ides Of March produced by Smokehouse Pictures and co-produced by Exclusive Media with Cross Creek Pictures, the newly announced Can A Song Save Your Life? starring Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, Ron Howard’s epic Rush starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl and produced with production partners Cross Creek Pictures, Revolution Films, Imagine and Working Title; End Of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick and America Ferrera; So Undercover starring Miley Cyrus; Snitch starring Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon in post production; and Boneshaker to be produced with Cross Creek Pictures.

Recent titles from Exclusive Media’s documentary film division, Spitfire Pictures, include the Academy Award Nominated Undefeated set for release through The Weinstein Company on February 17th and Martin Scorsese’s award winning George Harrison: Living In The Material World produced by Martin Scorsese, Nigel Sinclair and Olivia Harrison.

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