Dame Helen Mirren is in town to shoot the horror flick and the cameras are a-rollin’! Check out the press release below!
CBS Films announced today that principal photography on the supernatural thriller WINCHESTER has commenced in Melbourne. Starring Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Eye in the Sky) and Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Zero Dark Thirty) the film is being directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Predestination) based on their screenplay. Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan and Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin are producing. In addition to Melbourne and the Docklands Studios, the film will also shoot on location at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California.
The film is being financed by Eclipse Pictures and Blacklab Entertainment and has secured Screen Australia major production investment, with assistance from Film Victoria (Production Incentive Attraction Fund) and Screen Queensland (Production Investment). WINCHESTER is distributed in Australia & NZ by StudioCanal. CBS will distribute in the U.S., and Eclipse is handling international sales with Eclipse’s Benedict Carver and Daniel Diamond acting as executive producers.
The film follows the story of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), who was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24-hours a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all. WINCHESTER will take audiences inside the labyrinth like house that is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world. In addition to Mirren and Clarke, Sarah Snook (The Dressmaker, The Glass Castle) and Angus Sampson (Insidious, TV’s Fargo) have joined the cast.
Tobin Ambrust, Andy Trapani, Toni Lianos, Brian Gilbert, Marc Shipper and Simon Oakes are also executive producing.
About The Winchester House
For nearly 100 years, the Winchester Mystery House has stood as a testament to ingenuity, persistence of vision and lore that surrounds its namesake, Sarah Winchester (heir to the Winchester Repeating Rifle fortune). A true pioneer who crisscrossed the United States via steam train many times during the waning days of the “wild west,” Sarah Winchester lives on in legend as a grieving widow who continuously built onto her small farm house to appease the spirits of those killed by the guns manufactured by her husband’s firearms company.
Sarah Winchester’s grand mansion is renowned for its many architectural curiosities and paranormal activity (In 2008 TIME magazine cited it among the “Top 10 Haunted Places”). From 1884-1922 construction never ceased as the original farm house grew into the world’s most unusual and labyrinth-mansion (24,000 square feet built at a then astronomical cost of $5 million), featuring: 160 rooms (either frozen in a state of arrested decay or resplendent in Victorian grandeur), 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 9 kitchens, 13 bathrooms, plus 47 stairways and fireplaces.
The estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Historic State Landmark, a San Jose City Landmark and one of the leading attractions in the Bay Area. Additional information may be found at www.winchestermysteryhouse.com.