The high school horror Whistle will be helmed by renowned genre director Corin Hardy (The Nun, “Gangs of London”, The Hallow) and star Dafne Keen (Logan, “His Dark Materials”, “The Acolyte”), Sophie Nélisse (“Yellowjackets”, The Book Thief), Sky Yang (Rebel Moon), Percy Hynes White (“Wednesday”) and Nick Frost (Fighting with my Family, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead).
Written by Owen Egerton and adapted from his own short story, Whistle is a Canada-Ireland co-production, governed by ACTRA rather than SAG, and so unaffected by the ongoing strikes. David Gross produces (Room, Goon) for No Trace Camping and Macdara Kelleher (Evil Dead Rise, The Pope’s Exorcist) for Wild Atlantic Pictures with Black Bear handling international sales. Principal photography is due to commence the first week of November in Ontario, Canada.
A misfit group of unwitting high school students stumble upon a cursed object, an ancient Aztec Death Whistle. They discover that blowing the whistle and the terrifying sound it emits will summon their future deaths to hunt them down. As the body count rises, the friends investigate the origins of the deadly artifact in a desperate effort to stop the horrifying chain of events that they have set in motion.
Corin Hardy said “The premise of Whistle is simple, immediate and has a fresh, haunting mythology. A cursed object that summons your future death to come and find you. The screenplay has echoes of some of my favourite classic horrors like The Ring, A Nightmare On Elm Street or It Follows, with elements of seminal high school movies The Breakfast Club and Donnie Darko. I’m thrilled to be working with this brilliant young cast to bring this inventive, terrifying and cinematic new horror to death… I mean life.”