In a week where we learned about a remake of the 1955 classic, “Night of the Hunter,” the announcement of another remake sparked more conversation because its original is barely 20 years old.
According to Deadline, Nicole Kidman‘s beloved horror film, “The Others,” is getting a remake. Sentient Entertainment has purchased the rights to the 2001 horror hit, which will be produced by Sentient’s Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin, along with Aliwen Entertainment‘s Lucas Akoskin. Originally written and directed by Alejandro Amenabar, the film tells the chilling tale of a widow who isolates her children in a mansion due to a rare disease caused by photosensitivity. Shortly after the arrival of three servants, things begin to take a turn for the worse.
Similar to Universal‘s approach to “Dracula” and “Night of the Hunter,” the report suggests that Sentient plans to “reinvent and modernize the story” while already attracting “significant interest from A-list talent and studio backers.”
“I am honored to be able to work on my favorite horror film of all time, ‘The Others,’ and to bring this reimagining to the big screen for new audiences,” said Tab. “It is almost eerie and uncanny how timely the themes are today: self-isolation, paranoia and fear, and of course, the intense desire to protect our children and ourselves from harm. We look forward to unraveling the layers behind lead character Grace, whose pain and demons draw viewers into a truly compassionate journey.”
Kidman’s performance in “The Others” garnered her Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, and the film as a whole is widely considered one of the best horror films of the 21st Century. Next year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the movie, and one can only imagine Sentient will want to work hard and fast to ensure this reimagining hits theaters in time to celebrate.
While quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic certainly highlights the timeliness of the story, one has to wonder if this move is a tad reactionary. It’s easy to see the short term appeal in capitalizing on the current state of the world, however, the announcement was met with mixed reactions online. Perhaps this indicates an audience that’s not quite ready to see a remake of a classic less than 20 years behind us.
Amenabar’s “The Others” is currently streaming on HBO.