Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others with Nicole Kidman is getting a remake. And today we hear Universal Pictures optioned the rights from Sentient Entertainment (Alphas with Sam Worthington) in a competitive situation and are in development.
Universal execs are meeting with writers to adapt the script with plans to reinvent and modernize the story. Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin will produce with Lucas Akoskin. Cerezo will executive produce with Rud and 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, it sports an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes with this Critics Consensus: The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn’t need expensive special effects to be creepy.