I’m more open minded about remakes than a lot of my online brethren since I’ve never encountered an instance of a newer version of a film removing any existing Blu-rays from my shelves. I’m even pretty open-minded about this Housebound remake because, even though the original film has a tone that’s hard to nail, it would be fantastic to see another horror comedy do well at the North American box office. Horror comedies are such a difficult sub-genre to greenlight any boost they could get is okay by me.
THR is reporting that Housebound, originally written and directed by Gerard Johnstone, will be remade at New Line after Peter Jackson raved about the film to Carolyn Blackwood, a senior VP over there. Johnstone will produce the film, but a new writer and director will be brought onboard. The original film got rave reviews and made it into Perri’s Top 10 of the year, so they definitely have their work cut out for them if they want to match that kind of response with general audiences.
Here’s the official synopsis for the original Housebound:
Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.