The Turning is an upcoming American supernatural horror film directed by Floria Sigismondi and executive produced by Steven Spielberg that is a modern adaptation of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It will star Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, and Brooklynn Prince.
The film is scheduled to be released on February 22, 2019, by Universal Pictures.
On March 9, 2016, Deadline reported that Amblin Entertainment was hiring Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct Haunted, which was inspired by Henry James’ 1898 gothic ghost story, The Turn Of The Screw and would be scripted by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes with Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment, John Middleton and Scott Bernstein as the producers. Haunted, which was to shoot under the DreamWorks label, would have been one of the first new projects to move forward since DreamWorks, Amblin and Participant formed the new Amblin Partners late 2015, and DreamWorks, after distributing its movies through Disney since 2008, struck a new distribution deal with Universal.
On August 1, 2016, it was announced that Alfre Woodard had signed on to the project. Later that month, Rose Leslie joined the project as the lead.
On September 21, 2016, five weeks before shooting, Steven Spielberg personally pulled the plug on the project due to the page-one rewrite by Scott Z. Burns that caused seismic changes in the fabric of the story (altering characters, action, even the title) that it no longer resembled the project the studio signed on to make. Spielberg and DreamWorks decided the best course of action was to fire Fresnadillo and Burns, going back to the original Hayes Brothers script and looking to start fresh development with a new director, despite $5 million having already been spent of the $17 million budget.