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Taylor Schilling’s ‘The Prodigy’ Thriller Sets February Debut

Previously known as 'Descendant'

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After a quick name change, Orion Pictures has set a premiere date for the supernatural horror-thriller “The Prodigy”. The film was going by the title “Descendant,” but will launch under the new name on February 8, 2019. The premiere date was announced today by John Hegeman, President of Orion Pictures. February is a popular month for thrillers, this year “The Prodigy” will battle “Escape Room” with Deborah Ann Woll and Tyler Labine; a possible “Jacob’s Ladder” remake; Universal’s “The Turning” film; and non-thriller hits like “The LEGO Movie 2” and the superhero film “Dark Phoenix”. The winter months are still a little far off at this point, so we will have to wait and see what other films end up battling “The Prodigy” on opening weekend.

As for the film itself, the story follows a mother concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior. After strange events, the mother starts to believe that something supernatural may be affecting him. The film stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black) and breakout star Jackson Robert Scott (It, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead). The duo will be joined by Peter Mooney (Burden of Truth, Rookie Blue), Colm Feore (Thor, Pearl Harbor), and Brittany Allen (Jigsaw, It Stains the Sands Red).

The horror-thriller was directed by Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact, At the Devil’s Door) and is based on an original screenplay by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train, Jacob’s Ladder). The Prodigy was produced by Tripp Vinson (The Rite, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose) and executive produced by Nick Spicer, Buhler, Lisa Zambri and Daniel Bekerman.

McCarthy’s behind the scenes team included director of photography Bridger Nielson (The Pact, At The Devil’s Door), production designer Aidan Leroux (The Colony, Reign), editor Brian Ufberg (The Blackcoat’s Daughter, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House) and costume designer Catherine Ashton (Flatliners, Factory Girl).

Next on the Orion Pictures slate is John McPhail’s award-winning zombie holiday musical “Anna and the Apocalypse” That project was based on the 2010 BAFTA-winning short “Zombie Musical” and is set to open in theaters on December 7, 2018.