The Last Exorcism Director to Remake French Horror Movie Martyrs
11.16.10 by Ryan
French director Pascal Laugier's Martyrs is the latest foreign horror movie to be remade, joining recent imports like the 2007 Spanish horror movie REC, which was remade into 2008's Quarantine, and the 2008 Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In, which was remade into this year's Let Me In. However, the American remake will still have an European touch.
The LA Times reports that German director Daniel Stamm, who made his American debut with this year's The Last Exorcism, will helm the American version of the 2008 movie, which followed two orphans whose friendship is tested when one of them goes on a murderous rampage. Stamm told the newspaper that the appeal of the story was in its ability to surprise.
Every time you think you know where it's going, it goes somewhere else. It plays on things that are familiar — like two friends who can't be separated, kind of a Forrest Gump and Jenny situation. But then it takes a turn, and in doing so asks interesting questions. "If you have a best friend in the world and she goes crazy, how much do you owe this friend to go down with them?" It's much more than a horror film.
While Stamm has an appreciation for Laugier's original, his version will strike a different tone.
Martyrs is very nihilistic. The American approach [that I'm looking at] would go through all that darkness but then give a glimmer of hope. You don't have to shoot yourself when it's over.
Though producer Wyck Godfrey (who also produces the Twilight movies) told FEARnet that he "would love" to have Kristen Stewart play one of the movie's leads, Stamm denied the rumor. "[That's] the first time I've heard that," said the director.
Stamm is also attached to another horror movie, Reincarnate, the second installment of the "Night Chronicles" from M. Night Shyamalan. Reincarnate is reportedly going into production in 2011, which likely means that the remake of Martyrs will follow. No word on who is writing the screenplay, though Vacancy writer Mark L. Smith told Bloody-Disgusting in May that he wrote the "current draft", though that may have changed since then.