In June 2020, Parker Finn was tapped by Paramount Pictures to write and direct a feature adaptation of his own short film Laura Hasn’t Slept, which saw a young woman seeking the help of her therapist desperate to rid herself of a recurring nightmare. Earlier in March that year, the short film won the Special Jury Recognition Prize for SXSW’s Midnight Short category. In September 2021, the film was announced under the title Something’s Wrong with Rose with Sosie Bacon cast as the titular character. Paramount Players and Temple Hill Entertainment had boarded the film to co-produce. The following month, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Rob Morgan, Kal Penn, Judy Reyes, Gillian Zinser and Caitlin Stasey joined the cast. Principal photography began on October 11, 2021, in New Jersey, including in the city of Hoboken, and finished on November 24, 2021. Editing and post-production started on December 3, 2021, and lasted through the end of May 2022,when the film was simply retitled Smile.By the end of the month, Cristobal Tapia de Veer was attached to compose the film.
Smile is scheduled to be released in the United States on September 30, 2022, by Paramount Pictures.
After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.
Smile is a 2022 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Parker Finn in his feature film debut, based on his 2020 short film Laura Hasn’t Slept. The film stars Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Stasey, Kal Penn, and Rob Morgan. Smile had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 22, 20.