The 1980 supernatural psychological horror film was directed by Peter Medak and is regarded as one of the classic horror movies of all time.
There is no denying that the horror genre holds a certain sense of intrigue that attracts even the staunchest of non-believers of the supernatural. While we might be scared of the undead, it looks like Hollywood has no problem bringing things back from the dead. For years, there have been rumors regarding the remake of Peter Medak’s 1980 horror classic The Changeling, and finally, it looks like the project has gained some momentum.
According to a report by Deadline, Finnish filmmaker, Anders Engström, who has previously directed acclaimed movies likes Taboo, Hanna, and See, is all set to direct the remake of The Changeling. Another report by The Hollywood Reporter says Cornerstone Films, along with German production company X Filme are going to bring this supernatural classic back to life. It is going to be Cornerstone Films' first movie and it is also going to be a collaboration between German Beta Cinema and Cornerstone.
According to a report by Variety, Beta Cinema is a sister company to X Filme and its aim is to create distribute and sell commercial English language movies. The screenplay for the movie will be penned by Tab Murphy. The Changeling follows the story of a musician Joe Carmichael, who, after the death of his young daughter, returns to his childhood home. Soon enough he finds out that his home is haunted by the ghost of a child and along the way, he uncovers a terrible family secret.
Unlike the original movie, the setting will be changed from Seattle to Venice, Italy. The 1980 movie was produced by Joe Michaels, and this time also, he is returning to producer's chair along with Uwe Schott and Stefan Arndt. Mark Gooder and Alison Thompson will serve as executive producers for the reboot.
In an interview with Variety, Michaels said, "It is a rare if not unique privilege to be able to remake The Changeling, a film that I developed and produced many years ago. I loved the bones of the story then, and with today’s technology it allows us to reset the stage for an even more exciting interpretation by relocating the film to Italy where the mood and ambiance of Venice will virtually be an added mysterious character in the film.”
Michaels and Cornerstone Films previously worked together on the remake of Suzanne Bier’s After The Wedding which starred Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, and Billy Crudup. Michaels said, "I am overjoyed at having the unique opportunity to reimagine an updated version of the iconic filmThe Changeling that I produced so many years ago. It’s flattering to know that it proved to have inspired a rash of filmmakers that paid homage to the original film. I am excited to be working with Anders Engström who will bring his own contemporary vision to the film.”