DON’T LOOK NOW: Nicolas Roeg’s Horror Classic Getting a Remake

     April 28, 2015

dont-look-nowThe 1973 landmark horror film Don’t Look Now is getting a remake. StudioCanal and The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona are shopping around a remake of Nicolas Roeg’s brilliant and deeply unsettling classic. Based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca), the original film starred Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as a married couple on an extended trip to Venice after the tragic loss of their daughter. When they happen upon a pair of blind sisters, one of whom claims to be clairvoyant and warns of impending doom, they are subject to a series of terrifying events in the winding backroads of the crumbling city.

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No writer is currently attached to the project. Per THR, StudioCanal and the producers are taking the same route they did with their remake of Escape from New York - find the studio first and then set up the talent. This tactic doesn’t exactly breed confidence, as it’s basically selling proven ideas to the highest bidder. These are also the guys behind Non-Stop, which was a Liam Neeson punchfest I actually quite liked, but it doesn’t exactly demonstrate the nuance or artistry one would hope for in a remake of Don’t Look Now.

Roeg’s 1973 film is a beautiful and disconcerting spin on the classic supernatural horror film, using tropes like ESP and warnings from beyond the grave to tell an intimate story of grieving and fear. As noted in the THR report, Don’t Look Now gained notoriety due to its unflinching eroticism and persistent rumors that Sutherland and Christie actually did the deed on set, which is unfortunate, because above all the film should be known for being genuinely great.  Roeg and editor Graeme Clifford composed a stylish imagery-driven thriller that elevated the material to one of the finest horror films of a decade that was unusually good to the genre.

What do you guys think? Is this a remake you want to see? Are these the folks you want to see it from? Sound off in the comments.

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