Films in Hollywood are continually being rebooted, with producers & directors believing that audiences are ready to see another iteration in that series. No genre repeats this formula more than horror, with series like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” spanning multiple sequels & reboots. There are moments where new concepts behind horror are created, creating exciting cinema for moviegoers & one of those moments derived from “Orphan” in 2009. It’s now been announced that a Prequel Film is being developed, with Isabelle Fuhrman returning in her role as Ester. Multiple questions have been raised regarding how Orphan will be filmed after eleven years since Isabelle Fuhrman played Ester.

Named “Orphan: First Kill”, it’ll follow Ester as she orchestrates an extensive & brilliant escape from a psychiatric facility located in Estonia. Moviegoers will witness the events that unfold when Ester travels to America & then begins impersonating a wealthy families missing daughter. However, unexpected conflicts arise when the mother starts suspecting Ester for not being her genuine daughter & will do anything to protect her family. What follows is a suspense that builds up over nearly two hours with a climactic death. If anything like the first film, Orphan: First Kill will become a cult-classic movie amongst fans of horror & thrillers.

Challenges with Filming

Film analysts questioned how Isabelle Fuhrman would reprise her role of Ester. The character was nine in the original film, meaning that her character in the prequel will be aged anywhere from seven to eight. Ten years have passed since Isabelle Fuhrman played Ester, with the actress being a grown adult in 2020. Warner Brother Pictures confirmed that forced perspective & de-ageing makeup would be employed to create a younger version of Isabelle Fuhrman. This will be challenging to accomplish without the usage of CGI, which has proven favourable for de-ageing. Martin Scorsese’s “Irishman” was Robert DeNiro de-aged by decades.

William Brent Bell is helming Orphan: First Kill. He’s directed iconic films in the horror genre. Director Brent Bell hasn’t completed films in any other genre, making him the perfect decision. Other films from this director include:

  • Stay Alive
  • The Devil Inside
  • The Boy
  • Esther
  • Wer