Whenever Glenn Close’s name pops up, the project she’s attached to is bound to be important. It looks like the eight-time Oscar nominee has found a great sequel to the acclaimed 2021 Apple TV movie. swan song. She has a stranger things star along the ride instead of Mahershala Ali this time. But the real icing on the cake is the massive amount of money Netflix has shelled out to become the distributor for the upcoming film.
Deadline reported that a source close to the streamer claimed he paid $65 million to have Lee Daniels’ untitled horror-thriller part of his original film lineup. Netflix was the winner of the rights acquisition, as MGM and Miramax also reportedly took aim at the genre film. But the reported bidding war was worth it, as the horror film boasts an impressive cast of standouts and rising stars. With swan songby Glenn Close, the film will feature Strange things‘ Caleb McLaughlin, Andra Day, Octavia Spencer, Rob Morgan and King Richardis Aunjanue Ellis.
As with most of his projects, Daniels will direct and produce the thriller based on a screenplay he rewrote. In addition to the United States against Billie Holiday filmmaker, Tucker Tooley and Pam Williams will produce the untitled film. Todd Crites and Jackson Nguyen of Turn Left Productions will serve as producers with Greg Renker and Gregoire Gensollen attached as executive producers.
The exorcism thriller is inspired by the cover of Indianapolis Star about Latoya Ammons, a single mother, and her three children living in a haunted house in Gary, IN. Several testimonies from the local police, the area hospital and the Department of Children’s Services backed up the mother’s claims. Of course, the movie will have a fictional version of the story.
For the film adaptation, Andra Day will play the mother with Glenn Close playing her character’s mother. This will be Day and Lee Daniels’ second collaboration since his Oscar-nominated turn as jazz legend Billie Holiday in the 2020s. USA vs. Billie Holiday. Caleb McLaughlin is set to play one of Day’s children while Rob Morgan and Octavia Spencer play the mother’s boyfriend and the clergyman, respectively, who helps Day’s character run his haunted house. It is currently unknown what role Aunjanue Ellis will play in the film. So all the elements are in place to make this a potential horror classic.
The recount has been ongoing since 2014, when the story first broke. Tucker Tooley retained the rights as Orphan: first murder scribe Dave Coggeshall and Elijah Bynum wrote separate drafts before Daniels came on board the project. Now with Daniels at the helm, the film is moving from development hell to production.
The still-titled film is set to begin production sometime in mid-2022. It’s currently unknown when the exorcism thriller will premiere on Netflix. If you want to keep up with updates on the Netflix thriller, stay tuned to CinemaBlend for any new developments.