The Silence – Film news

June 29th, 2017 • Posted in Movie News |

The Silence is moving closer to the big screen.  John Leonetti is the director with Kiernan Shipka and Stanley Tucci set to star.

The film is currently in pre-production with principal photography set to start in September.

More details can be found over at by following the links here and here.

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24 comments on “The Silence – Film news”

  1. Bill Brown says:

    I just saw a preview of a film which, 45 seconds in, had me thinking it was based on ‘The Silence’ (which I enjoyed muchly!). The film is ‘A Quiet Place’ – ‘If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you’ – and for the first 78 seconds of the preview, there is no sound, everyone is tip-toeing and speaking in sign language. TOO close to your book. Were you aware of it? Here’s the teaser.

  2. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks Bill, yes, we’re aware.

  3. Bill Brown says:

    I’d forgotten to heck back for your response (thank you), but I just saw the preview again. I asked about this thinking of the ‘Repo Men’ and ‘Repo: The Genetic Opera’ vs Eric Garcia’s ‘Repossession Mambo’ kerfuffle. Perhaps this is not open to discussion but I wondered if this is a similar situation.

  4. Peter Busch says:

    I just stumbled on your website after seeing the preview for the Jon Krasinski movie before seeing The Shape of Water. I couldn’t find any mention of you being tied to it online, but within the first 20 seconds it’s obvious it’s based on your work. I loved the novel. Praying you get credit and financial compensation.

  5. Stu Brown says:

    So glad I wasn’t the only one to think this after 30 seconds. I was really happy that this story was seeing the light of day, then bemused by the lack of Mr Lebbon’s name anywhere attached.

    I showed a brief synopsis (from Wikipedia) to a book seller friend of mine and her comment was ‘that’s SO his book..’

    Hoping you get the recognition deserved.

  6. Tim Lebbon says:

    Hi Folks … thanks for your comments and concerns. There are similarities, of course, but I’m confident that the movie of The Silence will stand on its own. It’s going to be epic!

    It is a little troubling, but I guess that’s all I can say about it.

  7. Tom Roman says:

    Get there to a lawyer. I enjoyed The Silence and the genius if your imagination should be protected. Make a condition of any settlement getting to meet Emy Blunt. I’m a lawyer, I’d take your case for free, but I’d suck! Not the kind of work I do.

  8. Steve Roach says:

    Mr. Lebbon, I saw the teaser for A Quiet Place” last week, then found a thread on Reddit. The consensus was that it likely based on your novel, and I love a good apocalyptic novel, so I bought it. I’m 3/4 though “The Silence” and holy crap this is a terrifying read!

    10 minutes ago, I saw the full trailer for “A Quiet Place” and realized it is derivative of your novel and saw something that did not look like a “Vesp”, so I did some searching and found myself on this site.

    Now I’m happy that I have the REAL movie to look forward to!

  9. Kat Humphreys says:

    I’ve just started reading The Silence and I’m completely under its spell. However, I’ve just seen a trailer for ‘A Quiet Place’ and thought my dreams of this book becoming a movie had come true. I was completely baffled when I realised that this had nothing to do with the book; it’s so incredibly similar! I’m relieved to know that The Silence will be making its movie debut in the future.

    I think Tim Lebbon might also be my new favourite author!!

  10. Mike Amand says:

    I LOVED the Silence. Seams like this movie has taken your idea. I say that because your name is not mentioned in the writing credits…

  11. Josh says:

    I’m so thankful this thread exists. I too saw the trailer last month and IMMEDIATELY thought of The Silence. Now that ‘A Quiet Place’ is getting glowing press at SXSW I hope the similarities are more widely discussed.

  12. Heather says:

    After seeing the trailer for “A Quiet Place”, I investigated and found a link to The Silence. I bought a copy and read it in less than 24 hours. So.Good. Anyway, I’m still completely convinced that this movie is inspired by The Silence. (Especially when I got to page 89 where Ally mentions the quiet place in her head.) Anyway, loved the book,hope you get the credit you deserve. 🙂

  13. Heather says:

    After seeing the trailer for “A Quiet Place”, I investigated and found a link to The Silence. I bought a copy and read it in less than 24 hours. So.Good. Anyway, I’m still completely convinced that this movie is inspired by The Silence. (Especially when I got to page 89 where Ally mentions the quiet place in her head.) Anyway, loved the book,hope you get the credit you deserve. 🙂

  14. Danii A says:

    Was super thrilled and excited to hear about ‘A Quiet Place’ thinking it was the adaptation of ‘The Silence’ (an utterly gripping and fantastic read!). I was puzzled when I did some digging and realised it is allegedly an “original story” by the film’s screen writers??? I don’t know much about the film other than the plot line that’s been released, but the similarities I’ve read about (a deaf daughter and a pregnant wife…) are already worryingly similar given it appears that Tim is not being credited in anyway thus far… will see how the movie fares for itself but as a huge fan of the book
    I still feel like there should be some recognition?

  15. Andrea says:

    I saw the previews for The Quiet Place and in the comments someone mentioned your book. So here I am to tell you that I bought your book and will wait for your movie 😉 plus I’m telling all my friends about your book. I hate they are blatantly stealing your concept but hopefully their movie will lead more people to your books like it did me. 🙂

  16. Craig says:

    When I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place a month or two ago, I just assumed it was The Silence as you had mentioned it was in production. Just got back from the film and while it was truly enjoyable, whole audience on pins and needles, I was shocked that there was no mention of you in the credits. I’ve heard stories of authors and studios not working out and of studios then just changing the author’s work enough to be safe legally, and I wondered if something like that were the case. They changed some stuff substantially but left some really obvious and central pieces completely intact. You really deserve credit for this, but I’m glad the real film is still happening and Stanley Tucci is great – hope you caught him in “Fortitude”. And hey, now that A Quiet Place is out, you could just lift a few pieces from their script, and voila! The sequel we’ve all requested arrives!

  17. Jonathan Yuivar says:

    Just saw A Quiet Place and my god. The similarities are boundless. Family unit, check. Deaf daughter, check. Remote inhabitance, check. Seriously, I love John Krasinski and A Quiet Place was a good movie, but I can’t help but dislike both John and the movie on the mere premise that it ripped off The Silence. And I just know that when The Silence comes out as a movie, people are going to say Tim Lebbon ripped off John Krasinski and that makes me upset. Hope you get the credit you deserve Mr. Lebbon

  18. EchoPapa says:

    Hey – agree with above – the chances that the makers of A Quiet Place came up with the exact same plot without reading your book are vanishingly slim – I hope you’re in contact with a copyright lawyer – good luck!!
    (And thanks for scaring the hell out of me with your book!)

  19. Ed Dobson says:

    My first thought when I saw A Quiet Place was that Woods and Beck had actually ripped-off the basic idea from a short story by Martin McGrath… (excerpt below)

  20. Tim Lebbon says:

    Hi everyone … thanks for your comments, especially all the nice comments about The Silence. I’m so glad you like the book, and I’m really excited to see the movie later this year.

    There are similarities with A Quiet Place, but the movies are very different. The Silence team are still in post-production, but as soon are there are set photos, trailers, or anything else to share, they’ll be here.

    Meanwhile, here’s a distribution announcement. More soon!

  21. Jeremy says:

    The Silence and AQP are very different. The Silence begins with the Discovery Channel sending cavers into a cave in Moldova, and much of the novel’s terror is watching the vesps’ progress via tv and internet moving, sharpening, and accelerating till they overtake the protagonists. I’m really excited about the film (and I’d never have read The Silence if I hadn’t enjoyed AQP and stumbled on it).

  22. Malinda says:

    Will there be a deaf actor/actress in the movie?

  23. Malinda Leeds says:

    Well, from further research there isn’t a deaf actor/actress. This will definitely be different than A Quiet Place knowing there isn’t one.

  24. L S says:

    “When two men speak the same truth they need not have thought of having copied from one another but drawn from the same body of truth itself”_socrates.
    Many authors have written similar books based around the same genera concepts wuitout having been exposed to the works of each other before. I am not saying AQP was or was not based on the Silence, despite some of the similarities and despite the many differences. But if someone claim it was they need to bring conclusive evidence of same.
    Am sure the movie the Silence for which am looking forward to as well, and it will definitely i hope be a special experience that will stand on its own.

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