Throw away your monkey paw and put your mogwai to bed, Broad Green Pictures has a new thriller coming out this summer and it’s filled with warnings and temptations. The film is called “Wish Upon,” and it’s a modern take on a few popular horror-movie tropes.
Twelve years after discovering her mother’s suicide, 17-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her hoarder father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe) and is ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. The studio describes the film stating, “While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can’t help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish”. The studio went on to say, “Clare finally has the life she’s always wanted and everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish.”
Obviously Clare finds out that she has to get rid of the box, it’s not always easy to get rid of something that grants you wishes. Thriller fans can watch the first trailer for the film below, or on the Broad Green YouTube channel.
The film was directed by John R. Leonetti (Annabelle) and produced by Sherryl Clark (Cloverfield). The script for the film was written by Barbara Marshall. The star of “Wish Upon,” Joey King, has been very busy over the past few years. The young actor has appeared in the CW hit “The Flash” and has several films coming out over the next two years. Leonetti’s “Annabelle” was an instant horror-hit with fans back in 2014, the film made over $84.27M domestically before grossing $256.87M worldwide. That franchise will release a sequel in 2017, but that installment will be directed by David F. Sandberg. “Wish Upon” is set to release in theaters on June 30, 2017.