April 28th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

A first look image of Helen Mirren as eccentric firearms heiress, Sarah Winchester has emerged online, with Mirren looking eerily scary in her Victorian costume reminiscent of the Queens grandmother, Queen Mary. Winchester tells the story of the eccentric firearm heiress, Sarah Winchester who believed she was being haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24/7 construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. A sceptical San Francisco psychiatrist soon learns her obsession may not be insane. In an interview with People Magazine Mirren divulged she didn’t actually believe in ghosts; “I don’t believe in ghosts, but I do believe people can be haunted, and Sarah Winchester is a haunted person. That was the appeal in the role.” The film which is currently in production and directed by Daybreakers Michael and Peter Spierig will be shot at the actual Winchester mansion in San Jose, California. The Spierigs say Winchester tells a different sort of ghost story. Michael Spierig says the heiress, who died in 1922, “was an intelligent woman and a little misunderstood,” while Peter Spierig went on to say in the same interview: “Sarah Winchester is quite a remarkable woman, and the idea of her being just a crazy person who was haunted by ghosts is not the full story. Helen Mirren, in particular, I think is great in portraying that … It’s about a woman who is deeply troubled by the violence of the rifle and what she inherited. She’s trying to come to terms with that.”

  September 13th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Jason Clarke is moving in with Helen Mirren in the thriller Winchester. Mirren will play Sarah Winchester, the eccentric heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company fortune, who spent her life constructing an enormous mansion, the famed Winchester Mystery House, complete with secret passages and trapdoors, in order to keep at bay what she thought were the angry spirits of the people killed by her family’s firearms. Clarke will play skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price, who is sent to the home to evaluate Winchester’s mental health, only to discover she may have been right to be concerned. Predestination helmers Michael and Peter Spierig will direct Winchester from a screenplay they wrote with Tom Vaughan. Production will begin in March 2017, with filming taking place on location at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, and in Australia.

  May 14th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The Cannes film market is doing great things for Helen Mirren. After the earlier announcement of “The Leisure Seeker”. According to Deadline, Mirren is finalizing a deal to play Sarah Winchester, the conflicted multimillionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune in “Winchester”. The supernatural thriller will be helmed early next year by Daybreakers helmers Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig, based on the world famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. Winchester’s husband and child died suddenly, and she became convinced she had been cursed by the legal legacy of the “gun that won the West.” A medium sent her to San Jose in 1884 to begin a massive 38-year 24/7 construction of a 24,000-square foot, 160-room Gothic mansion. The Spierigs wrote the most recent draft of the script after Tom Vaughan wrote the first draft. The film is set for financing by Diamond Pictures and Bullitt Entertainment, and territories will be sold here in the Cannes market. It was developed by Imagination Design Works, which owns the rights to the house and is squarely involved, meaning the film will be the first to shoot on the premises of the actual home that Time Magazine called one of the “Most Haunted Places in the World.” You can read more about the film’s background over at Deadline.