Just released on home video this week was a highly effective indie thriller called In Fear, which marked the feature debut of Jeremy Lovering. The flick totally whet my appetite for more from the filmmaker, and it looks like he may next be remaking a classic. Read on!
In an interview with Fangoria, Lovering revealed that he’s currently working on a remake of the 1980 haunted house flick The Changeling, which he recently completed a script treatment for.
“I’m really nervous about it, for obvious reasons,” he told Fango. “The original is an extraordinarily good film, and I’ve tried to take a kind of alternative point of view—doing the scenes you don’t see, the ones in between those that are in the film. THE CHANGELING has such iconic, much-copied sequences, and obviously loads of directors, from James Wan to [THE WOMAN IN BLACK’s] James Watkins and a whole bunch of others, happily acknowledge THE CHANGELING as a massively influential film. It’s the same producers [as the original] who want to make it, and it has been a very interesting process, but I’m still trying to decide whether it’s the right thing to do or not.”
Lovering says he wrote the treatment after being approached about directing the film based on someone else’s script, which he wasn’t so keen on doing.
“There was a screenplay in existence that they had already commissioned,” said the British filmmaker. “They sent me that draft and it’s very well-written, but it’s not the film I want to make. THE CHANGELING is one of the few movies that genuinely scared me, and it still does, so I didn’t want to touch it at first. But then I started conversations with them and told them I didn’t feel the script. I want to re-engage with it in a different way, and they told me to go write my own screenplay. I was like, ‘I’ll just write a treatment because I don’t know if it’s gonna work for me,’ and I literally delivered it the other day.”
Throughout the interview Lovering expressed doubts as to whether or not it’d be a good idea to remake such a classic film, which lets us know that his head is in the right place. “If I just did it as a cut-and-paste, there’d be no point,” he says, “but if I can bring it to a new audience, then maybe it could work.”
In the meantime be sure to check out In Fear, which proves that Lovering knows how to convey pure terror!
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