William Brent Bell’s Next Project Will Be ‘Orphan’ Prequel ‘Esther’

William Brent Bell, the man who brought us The Boy, will next be tackling a dangerous girl/woman in 2009’s Orphan prequel, Esther. Deadline reports.


The prequel is written by David Coggeshall. In it, Lena Klammer orchestrates a brilliant escape from a Russian psychiatric facility and travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. But Lena’s new life as “Esther” comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost. Filming is expected to start in the third quarter.

Dark Castle Entertainment’s Alex Mace, Hal Sadoff & Ethan Erwin will produce alongside James Tonlinson with David Leslie Johnson serving as executive producer. Jen Gorton and Josie Liang will oversee for eOne.

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