According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Players has successfully acquired the North American distribution rights to eOne and Dark Castle’s forthcoming prequel to the 2009 horror thriller film titled Orphan: First Kill. However, there is currently no release date attached to the film yet. The acquisition comes after nine months since the film had officially wrapped its production in Winnipeg..
Orphan: First Kill is directed by William Brent Bell (Stay Alive, The Boy) from a screenplay written by Dave Coggeshall. It will feature the return of Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Masters of Sex) as Leena Klammer/ Esther, who in the first film, deceives a grieving family by posing as a nine-year-old girl, who in reality is a 33-year-old woman with a rare hormonal disorder.
“In the film, Leena Klammer orchestrates a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility and travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family,” reads the synopsis. “But Leena’s new life as “Esther” comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost.”
Joining Fuhrman in the prequel are Golden Globe nominee Julia Stiles (The Omen, Dexter), Rossif Sutherland (Possessor), and Hiro Kanagawa (Godzilla).
Orphan: First Kill comes from Entertainment One and Dark Castle Entertainment. Producers include Dark Castle’s Alex Mace, Hal Sadoff, and Ethan Erwin as well as James Tomlinson, with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick serving as executive producer.
The first Orphan movie debuted in 2009, where it was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. It starred Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard.