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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39 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.

  25. Chenoah Kent says:

    Mr. Lebbon, I purchased your book after watching a quiet place and hearing the similarities between the stories. If it is indeed a stolen idea that is enraging but our family is looking forward to your film and other books. Best wishes!

  26. Chenoah says:

    I finished the book and would love to read a sequel. Barring spoilers I will note aside from deaf girl and make no noise these are where the similarities end between The Silence and A Quiet Place. I read the book in one day and laughed and cried. It reminded me of James Rollins writing style which is one I really enjoy.

  27. martin says:

    Lets also make something very clear. The movie Descent which came out before this was about creatures that hunt without sight. Jeepers creepers is about flying creatures. There have been many books and movies about flying blind creatures.

    There are thousands of zombie books
    There are thousands of CIA hunting terrorist books
    There are thousands of detective books
    There are thousands of vampire books
    There are hundreds of shark movies
    There are thousands of alien movies ( they come from the sky)
    There are thousands of creatures that come from the ground.

    Remember this when you think you have an original story.

    For every person who says they are being ripped off, I probably could find something they could be accused of ripping off.

    Basically nothing is new under the sun its all been done before. It’s all in the execution.

    Where they come from

    Don’t make a book or movie original, otherwise we could say that every person who has put out an alien movie ripped each other off as they were aliens and they came from space.


    Every movie that has vampires that disappear in the day and come out at night have ripped each other off.

    We know that is not true.

  28. Heather Drake says:

    Any news on the movie??

  29. Tim Lebbon says:

    News coming soon….

  30. Steve Roach says:

    I just saw the trailer and it looks freakin awesome woot!!

  31. Jason says:

    My question after seeing the trailer are these creatures based on the dimorphodon dinosaur?

  32. AnotherWriter says:

    How can you stand to stay silent while they are ripping apart the movie adaptation of your book? So much misinformation going on out there. People are claiming The Silence is a rip-off of A Quiet Place. I know there are probably many legal issues to consider, but I think it’s time for you to speak up. If not for yourself and your work, to protect other authors in the future from Hollywood vultures like Krasinsky.

  33. Howard M Boyd says:

    i am curious will there be another movie like the silence and i do know about the quiet place and i am deaf and i am an expert on american sign language so please dont leave us hanging cuz i know the first movie and was wondering if there is another movie with the same people in the movie… The Silence seems like it is not finish, but please make another movie of this with the same people in the first one and also add another character in the movie you can get millie from the movie called the quiet place to be in the movie with the other actors and actress from the the silence movie and i would be so happy that there will be another movie…

    Howard Boyd

    P.S. have those actors and actress to email me sometime cuz my email is you can email me to get my videophone number…
    those of you people that are in here who are fans of the movie please dont bother emailing me i only want the actress and actors to email me….

    thanks again,
    Howard Boyd
    (Count Kyle Bynxie Dragon~Heart….nickname and not my real name only my name is real is Howard Boyd)

  34. AnonReads says:

    It depends on when your book was written versus the Quiet Place screenplay. Since you don’t seem to be incredibly bothered I have to wonder… The Silence movie was not very good, the screenplay wasn’t particularly compelling, did it match the book?

  35. Justin McCallister says:

    Was the creatures inspired by the creatures in Ted Stetson’s novel Night Beasts?

  36. Tim Lebbon says:

    Haven’t read that one, sorry.

  37. Tim Lebbon says:

    I’ve seen plenty of places where it’s claimed it’s a rip-off of AQP, but also PLENTY of people stepping up to state that my novel was written in 2014 and published 2015.

  38. Stephani Michelle says:

    I am telling everyone who will listen about the book – I loved it in 2016 and I’m promoting the movie tie in version as well. Titan kindly sent me a copy with the new cover. It is disturbing that many mainstream media platforms aren’t doing basic research regarding The Silence/A Quiet Place similarities.

  39. Holly says:

    I’ve read where Krasinski says they started developing the script in 2013, but in this article it says he got the script after his daughter Violet was born, in 2016! I think you have a solid case for copyright infringement.

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