Esther, the Prequel to the 2009 horror film hit, Orphan, will be directed by William Brent Bell, the director of The Boy (2016). In a recent announcement, Entertainment One and Dark Castle Entertainment will produce the new film. It was further revealed that Dark Castle Entertainment’s Alex Mace, Hal Sadoff and Ethan Erwin will produce with James Tomlinson. David Leslie Johnson will serve as an executive producer and Jen Gorton and Josie Liang will oversee for Entertainment One.
Orphan is a 2009 psychological horror film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by David Leslie Johnson. The film stars Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, C. C. H. Pounder and Jimmy Bennett. The plot centers on a couple who, after the death of their unborn child, adopt a mysterious nine-year-old girl. It was released theatrically in the United States on July 24, 2009, by Warner Bros. Pictures. The shocking twist of the film was the fact that Esther was a 30-year-old woman imitating a young child. How clever is that?
“The new film tells the origin story of under-aged psychopath, Lena Klammer, the terrifying orphan of the original film. In the prequel, from a script written by David Coggeshall Prey, Lena successfully escapes from a Russian psychiatric facility and makes it to America by impersonating “Esther,” the missing daughter of a wealthy family. But Lena’s daring escape pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost.”
One question remains: How do you make a prequel work when everyone will already know the twist?
Create a bigger twist?