Carey W. Hayes and Chad Hayes, the writers of The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016) and House of Wax (2005), wrote the script for The Turning (2018) already a long time ago. Now, the people from Amblin Entertainment have decided to greenlit the project and have chosen Italian filmmaker Floria Sigismondi to direct it. She is a well renown director of pop and rock music videos, having collaborated with disparate musicians like The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Christina Aguilera, The Cure, The White Stripes, Sigur Rós, Katy Perry, Pink, David Bowie, Rihanna, Muse or even Marilyn Manson, being the author of two of their most visually impressive clips The Beautiful People and Tourniquet. Despite this outstanding career, Sigismondi only has one feature film on her credit, the more than correct and semi-cult film The Runaways (2010).
To lead the cast of The Turning (2018), young star Mackenzie Davis has been chosen. We have seen her in several horror and science fiction titles such as Freaks of Nature (2015), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), The Martian (2015), Bad Turn Worse (2013) or the TV Series Black Mirror (2011– ). Finn Wolfhard, of It (2017) and TV Series Stranger Things (2016– ) fame also star.
The Turning (2018) tells the story of a young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. It has been mentioned to be some sort of revision of the 1898 gothic ghost story novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
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