Speak No Evil, the 2022 Danish thriller that traumatized just about everyone who watched it, is getting the Blumhouse remake treatment, with Deadline revealing today that James McAvoy is set to star. Eden Lake's James Watkins is set to direct from Christian and Mad Tafdrup's original screenplay.
Just incase you've forgotten the synopsis of Speak No Evil (and it isn't seared into your nightmares like it is for us), Deadline reminds us that:
In the original 2022 movie, a Danish family visits a Dutch family they met on a holiday. What was supposed to be an idyllic weekend slowly starts unraveling as the Danes try to stay polite in the face of unpleasantness.
The remake will mark a reunion between McAvoy and Blumhouse, after the actor starred in M. Night Shyamalan's half billion-plus grossing hits Split and Glass, for which he gained widespread critical acclaim. Alongside Jason Blum, Paul Ritchie, Christian Tafdrup, Jacob Jarek, and Bea Sequeira will serve as EPs.
With a filmography that includes the aforementioned Eden Lake and the Shut Up and Dance episode of Black Mirror, Watkins is no stranger to serving up soul-crushing psychological thrillers. Seeing as Speak No Evil REALLY went there, we're intrigued to see just how far a remake will push the boundaries, and Watkins definitely has the resume for it.
Universal has set a theatrical release of Aug. 9, 2024, which gives you plenty of time to start mentally preparing yourself. We will bring you the updates as we get them so keep your eyes peeled (and your tongue firmly in your mouth).