In my rundown of my top films of last year, the stunning Room was my pick for number one, and I was very interested to see what its talented director Lenny Abrahamson was going to do next. Well the answer has just come from Cannes, where news has broken out that he’s about to shoot a ghost story.
Here is the Amazon synopsis for Sarah Walters’s novel The Little Stranger:
In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, its owners – mother, son and daughter – struggling to keep pace. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.
Sounds like a nice old fashioned spooky tale a la The Woman In Black. The screenplay is by Lucinda Coxon [The Danish Girl] and Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson star in what is a collaboration between Focus Features, Pathé, Film4, Ingenious Media and the Irish Film Board.