Aisha Tyler to direct ‘socially conscious psychological thriller’ ‘Silent John’

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Aisha Tyler, left, is set to direct the thriller “Silent John,” which Roxanne Avent Taylor of Hidden Empire Film Group is producing. [Courtesy photo]

Aisha Tyler is slated to direct a “socially conscious psychological thriller” titled “Silent John.”

The thriller “explores the unholy fanaticism of a man lost in the chasm between faith, the church, and madness,” according to a news release.

Roxanne Avent Taylor of Hidden Empire Film Group is producing the project, which will begin shooting in summer in County Galway, Ireland.

“I am thrilled to be working with the killer team at HEFG; their enthusiasm and passion for this project is energizing and it’s gratifying they share my vision for this story,” said Tyler in a statement, per Deadline. “ ‘Silent John’ is a terrifying portrait of institutional abuse and its lifelong effects on the psyche; I look forward to Roxanne’s creative producing intensity, along with my brilliant producing partners Emmett Hughes, John Doherty and David Jacobson, helping to bring this riveting film to life.”

The movie is written by Emmett Hughes, who wrote Tyler’s feature film directorial debut, the 2017 drama-thriller “Axis.” Deadline reports that the story is drawn from historic abuses by the Catholic church against unwed mothers.

“Silent John” centers on a couple who travels to stay at a rustic bed and breakfast in Ireland in the weeks before their first child is born. At first charmed by their Irish host, they soon discover he and his mute groundskeeper share a terrible secret, and their dream getaway becomes an inescapable nightmare.

“It is a privilege to collaborate with Aisha Tyler on our upcoming production, ‘Silent John,’” said Taylor in a statement, per Deadline. “Aisha is an incredibly talented filmmaker, producer and actress with a keen eye for storytelling. She is going to knock this out of the park and it’s exciting to be working side by side with such an empowering woman.”

As a performer, Tyler is known for hosting “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” acting in TV shows like “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and “24” and doing voiceover work in “Archer,” “BoJack Horseman” and the upcoming Disney+ series “Monsters at Work.” She has directed episodes of TV series like “Criminal Minds.”


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