While William Brent Bell is preparing for the opening of Brahms: The Boy II this weekend, he’s also got something new up his sleeve with a prequel to 2009’s Orphan.
Titled Esther, the new film is set to begin filming later this year according to Deadline. The film will center on Lena Klamer who escapes a psychiatric facility in Russia and travels to America impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Assuming the name “Esther,” the sociopathic Lena will soon find herself at odds with a mother who will protect her family at any cost.
The film is written by David Coggeshall (The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia) and will be produced by Hal Sadoff, Alex Mace, Ethan Erwin, James Tomlinson, and David Leslie Johnson.
Johnson and Mace wrote the first Orphan film which starred Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), and Isabelle Fuhrman (Down a Dark Hall) who was 12 years old when she took on the role of Esther. There is no word on casting for the new film.
Orphan caused quite a bit of controversy when it was first released with adoption advocates saying the film would make prospective parents wary of entering the adoption process. Others were more alarmed at some of the scenes the young Fuhrman played in the film.
Still, it has earned its own fan base and a prequel story might be an interesting route to expand this film into a franchise.
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