Fresh from starring in “The Equalizer,” Marton Csokas has come on board Emilia Clarke’s supernatural thriller “Voice from the Stone.”
Sales-finance company 13 Films has signed on to co-finance and handle international sales and will introduce the title to foreign buyers at the upcoming American Film Market. Producers will retain U.S. rights.
Dean Zanuck and Stefano Gallini-Durante are producing and Eric D. Howell is directing from Andrew Shaw’s script, based on Silvio Raffo’s Italian-language novel “La Voce Della Pietra.”
Principal photography starts this month in Italy in Howell’s feature film directorial debut. Tannaz Anisi, president of 13 Films, is exec producing.
Clarke plays a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy named Jakob who has fallen silent since the untimely death of his mother nearly a year ago. The boy lives with his father (Csokas) in a massive stone manor in Tuscany and seems to be under the spell of a malevolent force trapped within the stone walls.
Clarke was attached to the project in June.
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Zanuck and Gallini-Durante have been developing “Voice from the Stone” since 2009, when Hideo Nakata (“The Ring”) was attached to direct. Maggie Gyllenhaal came on board to star during Cannes in 2011.