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With a worldwide box office that has surpassed the $120 million mark, The Woman in Black has become the highest-grossing British horror feature in 20 years, marking the triumphant return of the horror-producing Hammer Films. Now, on the heels of news of a Woman in Black sequel , the terror-focused production company is proud to announce the impending production of their latest sure-to-scare effort called The Quiet Ones.

Set in the 1970s, this horrific tale pulls its inspiration from a real case of paranormal studies. It was 1974 when Professor Joseph Coupland, an unconventional but charismatic figure on campus, lured a batch of students to a remote location to implement a peculiar experiment to discover if it is possible to manifest negative human energy and channel it into creating a poltergeist.

In an inspired casting decision, English character actor Jared Harris has been selected to tackle the role of this devious educator. Harris, who recently played Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and currently portrays financial officer Lane Pryce on Mad Men, has proven an extraordinary performer who can be in turn timid or intimidating. No matter the role, he's always captivating, and so is a solid base from which to build a spine-tingling tale about a man using his charm to cajole lambs to the slaughter.

There's no word yet on who will fill the roles of Coupland's sure-to-be tormented study body, but The Quiet Ones' announcement does boast a noteworthy production team. John Pogue, director of Quarantine 2: Terminal and co-writer of Ghost Ship, is slated to direct Tom DeVille's script, to which he, screenwriter Craig Rosenberg (The Univited), and writer-director Oren Moverman (Rampart) have revised. James Gay-Rees, the producer behind such extraordinary documentaries as SENNA, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP will lend his skills to The Quiet Ones, and seems sure to bring a gritty sensibility to its execution.

Production on The Quiet Ones will begin in the UK in June.

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