Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others with Nicole Kidman. And today, Deadline reports that Sentient Entertainment has won the remake rights.
The plan is to reinvent and modernize the story and the project is already attracting interest from A-list talent and studio backers.
The film will be produced by Sentient’s Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin, as well as Aliwen Entertainment’s Lucas Akoskin. Veteran Spanish producer Cerezo (Lucky Star) will executive produce alongside FilmSharks’ Guido Rud and Miller Way’s Michael and Jeeny Miller.
Tab says: “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. 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.”
The original film centered on Grace (Nicole Kidman), the devoutly religious mother who moves her family to the English coast during World War II. She awaits word on her missing husband while protecting her children from a rare photosensitivity disease that causes the sun to harm them. Anne claims she sees ghosts, Grace initially thinks the new servants are playing tricks but chilling events and visions make her believe something supernatural has occurred.
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and frightening moments, the film sports an 83% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn’t need expensive special effects to be creepy.