Character: The Governess (lead role)
Directed by: Unknown
Written by: Chad & Carey Hayes
Produced by: Steven Spielberg
Other cast: Alfre Woodard
Release date: TBA
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Running time: Unknown
Loosely based on Henry James’ Turn Of The Screw, the film will see a young woman arriving to work at a wealthy estate, but who soon starts to believe that the house is haunted. And things take a turn for the creepier when she starts to suspect that the children in her care are possessed.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 – “Haunted was only five short weeks away from going before cameras, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks Pictures and producer Steven Spielberg have pulled the plug.
The script was apparently the main source of contention, as director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later, Intruders) and writer Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, Side Effects) did a page-one rewrite that caused such seismic changes in the fabric of the story (altering characters, action, even the title) that it no longer resembled the project the studio signed on to make.
Spielberg and other execs decided the best course of action was to fire Fresnadillo and Burns, going back to the original Hayes Brothers script and looking to start fresh development, despite $5 million having already been spent. ” (source)