James McAvoy's horror remake shuts down filming

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The James McAvoy-starring remake of the hit Danish horror Speak No Evil has shut down production amid the ongoing writer and actor strikes.

Filming for the upcoming movie had been taking place in Gloucester in the UK and only had five days of shooting left when production was shut down, sources told Screen Daily.

The publication goes on to say that McAvoy, as well as directors Mackenzie Davis and Scoot McNairy, are all under SAG contracts after being employed through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for the film by production company Blumhouse.

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Actors under the SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) trade unions walked out earlier this month after negotiations with studios broke down.

Employees had been calling for better pay and increased safeguarding around AI, but a deal was not met and thus thousands of actors joined the already striking writers on the picket line.

When the strikes were announced, SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said: "SAG-AFTRA negotiated in good faith and was eager to reach a deal that sufficiently addressed performer needs, but the AMPTP's [Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers] responses to the union's most important proposals have been insulting and disrespectful of our massive contributions to this industry."

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Speak No Evil is just one of the many productions set to be affected by the strike action as productions shut down across the globe.

The remake of the 2022 Danish horror was announced earlier this year, with a release date of August 9, 2024. The shocking original film sees a Danish family and a Dutch family strike up a relationship after meeting on holiday. The Dutch family invites their new friends to spend time with them at their home, but what seems to be an innocent invitation soon becomes dark as their true, sinister intentions are revealed.

McAvoy is also set to star in Robert Schwentke's thriller Control which tells the story of a doctor who wakes up one morning to discover a mysterious device has been planted into his brain.

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