Not every short is fit for a feature adaptation, but there are enough successful examples to make it worth looking into. Two films that come to mind off the top of my head are Mama from Andy Muschietti (who went on to direct IT) and Lights Out from David F. Sandberg, who is in the process of directing Shazam! for DC. It’s with this in mind that we’re looking at a little short called “Whisper.”
The short comes from director Julian Terry, and it tells a haunting little story about a girl who wakes up to her Amazon Echo going off, saying things like, “Did you say, ‘I’m watching you’?” Needless to say, this terrifies the girl, and every few seconds, the Echo says a few more things, only for her to get snatched by some horrifying creature at the end. It’s a fun little short, and while I don’t know how it’ll last a full film, I think the same could have been said about the previously-mentioned shorts from Muschietti and Sandberg.
Deadline reports that Amblin Partners is about to close a deal to acquire the short for development into a feature film, with Terry finalizing a deal to direct. Bryce McGuire, who recently sold a short to New Line himself, is set to write the script for the film, which is being described as a Poltergeist-type movie. It seems like it could be a good fit for Amblin, but I can’t help but wonder if they’ll have to lighten it up or at least add a more heartfelt element, which I’d expect.
Check out the short for yourself above, if you haven’t, and decide for yourself if you think it’s worth getting adapted. Let us know your thoughts down below!
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