It Follows’ David Robert Mitchell Adapting Short Film They Hear It

David Robert Mitchell

by James White |
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Though he'd already made one full-length film before its release, It Follows helped put writer/director David Robert Mitchell on the cinematic map. Now he's paying it forward with some more horror, agreeing to adapt short film They Hear It for director Julian Terry.

It was Terry who created the original short, based on the premise of a mysterious presence known as "The Sound", which brings terrible consequences for anyone who hears it. Legendary Entertainment nabbed the rights to the short – which according to The Hollywood Reporter, has echoes of The Birds and It – and it's now on a fast track with Terry on to direct.

There's a definite feel here of David F. Sandberg, whose own horror short Lights Out scored Hollywood's attention, leading him to a healthy career, though that original short was actually adapted by writer Eric Heisserer, much as Mitchell is working with Terry here. And the Sandberg connections continue, as Terry won a short film contest spun around Sandberg's last film, Annabelle: Creation...

Mitchell's latest, Under The Silver Lake, will be out in the US on 7 December, but has yet to lock down a UK date.

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