Cannes: 'Kingsman' Star Boards U.K. Horror Film

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Sophie Cookson

Embankment Films will be launching international sales on 'Hush,' starring Sophie Cookson, at the Marche du Film.

Sigma Films, the Scottish banner behind such titles as Under the Skin and Starred Up, has teamed with Thruline Entertainment and Embankment Films for upcoming horror movie Hush, which will be sold at Cannes’ Marche du Film.

Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) will star, with Olaf de Fleur (Brave Men’s Blood, City State) directing. Sigma’s Brian Coffey (The Legend of Barney Thomson, Starred Up, Citadel) and Thruline’s Danny Sherman (The Wild One Hundreds, Bathing Flo) will produce.

The story centers on a profitable ghostbusting racket in which the bereaved are swindled with fake detection equipment and the paranormal "visions" experienced by Cookson’s character. Hired to investigate a haunted old foster home, the team uncovers its terrifying past: girls brutally silenced by a sadistic killer. But the very real supernatural terrors are the least of their problems when they discover a far greater evil lurking in the isolated house.

Originally a horror novella written by E.M. Blomqvist published via self-publishing label Author House, Hush was adapted by Ben Ketai (The Forest, The Strangers 2, 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days) with revisions by Eva Konstantopoulos.

Icelandic director de Fleur won the Teddy award for best LGBT feature at the Berlinale in 2008 for his first film, The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela. His thriller City State is currently being remade as The Wild One Hundreds in the U.S. The director is currently developing an original science fiction thriller called Revoc with Mandeville Films and Summit Entertainment.

Hush will start shooting in Scotland in October. Embankment will commence sales to international distributors immediately and will be introducing the film to buyers in Cannes later this month.