Peter Weir to Direct Adaptation of Contemporary Gothic Thriller THE KEEP

     May 20, 2012

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Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, The Way Back) is certainly someone who takes the time to choose which picture he’ll direct next, but it looks like he’s settled on The Keep.  The film is an adaptation of the 2006 bestselling Jennifer Egan novel by the same name.  The contemporary Gothic tale centers on two American cousins who share a troubling, yet formative, memory from their past and reunite to restore a medieval castle in central Europe as an alternative resort.  While there, the haunted castle serves as a catalyst for them to revisit their childhood traumas and long-held fears.

The Keep will shoot next spring in Europe with post set to be completed in Australia – or vice versa, depending on the final arrangement of the deal.  Weir will direct from his own screenplay and has described the picture as, “Basically, … a studio-shoot movie.”  Hit the jump for more.

Variety reports the-keep-book-coverthat Weir’s next project will be The Keep, coming out a relatively short time after his last film, The Way Back. After winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for her A Visit from the Goon Squad, Egan’s 2006 novel, The Keep earned its place as a national bestseller and made the New York Times notable books list, among other accolades.  Check out a description from the novel below (via Amazon):

Award-winning author Jennifer Egan brilliantly conjures a world from which escape is impossible and where the keep –the tower, the last stand –is both everything worth protecting and the very thing that must be surrendered in order to survive.

Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe. In an environment of extreme paranoia, cut off from the outside world, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a prisoner, in jail for an unnamed crime, recounts an unforgettable story that seamlessly brings the crimes of the past and present into piercing relation.

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