Deadline is reporting that LA-based Sentient Entertainment has won the rights to remake The Others.
The 2001 film directed by Alejandro Amenabar starred Nicole Kidman as a mother locked away in a sprawling manor house in England with her two photo-sensitive children. Their lives are turned upside down by the arrival of three mysterious servants, and it becomes more clear by the moment that they are not alone in the house.
Apparently, the intention is to update the story, moving it into the 21st century and leaving the original’s period setting behind.
“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,” Sentient’s Renee Tab told Deadline. “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.”
While there is little doubt that the film’s themes are timely, it is hard to imagine how they will navigate them when they are predicated on a twist that it is safe to say everyone knows. This leaves us scratching our heads at just what decisions will be made when “re-imagining” the film.
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