Blumhouse and Universal will produce a remake of the Danish horror film Speak No Evil, with X-Men and Split star James McAvoy attached.
Speak No Evil is a 2022 film focusing on a Danish family that meet up with a Dutch family after a chance encounter on vacation. Their pleasant get together becomes increasingly more sinister as the Dutch family’s words and actions become concerning and soon life-threatening.
The film will be directed by Eden Lake’s James Watkins, who also serves as screenwriter. The material is very similar in nature to Watkins’ disturbing 2008 offering Eden Lake, so he seems quite the logical choice.
This will be McAvoy’s third collaboration with Blumhouse, having previously starred in 2016’s Split and its 2019 sequel Glass, both movies being sequels to M. Night Shyamalan’s 2001 hit Unbreakable. Speak No Evil will mark McAvoy’s fifth genre film since 2016, as besides his Blumhouse work, the actor notably played adult Bill Denbrough in 2019’s It: Chapter 2.
2022’s original Speak No Evil was directed by Christian Tafdrup and was selected as on of Bloody Disgusting’s 12 best international horror films of the year. It was made available through streaming service Shudder and quickly rose to attention in the horror film community.
Speak No Evil is set to be released on August 9th 2024, but beyond the stated information, little else has been released. We will keep an eye on this one and report any further developments as they come in.