As we eagerly anticipate the arrival of Ready Player One on March 29, Steven Spielberg has already shifted his sights onto his next project. He has flown into Ireland to produce a horror film titled The Turning, which began shooting around Kilruddery Estate in County Wicklow.
The Turning will star Black Mirror actress Mackenzie Davis and young actor Finn Wolfhard, who played Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things before taking on Pennywise in Andy Muschietti’s It.
The filming location is familiar territory for Spielberg. He was there to shoot scenes from Saving Private Ryan at nearby Curracloe Beach and had a meeting with Daniel Day-Lewis in Wicklow. Rumor has it, the two found themselves on a pub crawl in Roundwood to discuss the role of Lincoln, which later went on to win Daniel Day-Lewis his third Academy Award.
The film production has been shrouded in a veil of secrecy with the crew involved having to sign non-disclosure agreements. Strong security measures have been put in place as well, not allowing anyone near the set without proper clearance. Spielberg has been in the area since last week and has made himself available for some of the daily shoots.
The film is being directed by Floria Sigismondi and is based on a Henry James novella, The Turn of The Screw, which had previously been adapted for the big screen in 1961.
The story revolves around a young governess – played by Mackenzie Davis – taking a role as Nanny for two orphans who live in creepy country mansion. Hopefully more secrets will be revealed in the upcoming months.