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Ridley Scott eyeing remake of K-horror thriller The Wailing as next project

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Jan 19, 2017

Ridley Scott is notorious for his tireless work ethic and abundance of provocative projects in the pipeline. Besides engineering the Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, executive producing Tom Hardy's ruthless period drama on FX, Taboo, and overseeing Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner: 2049, Scott is seeking violent new delights from overseas to add to his creative platter.

The indefatigable director is now targeting The Wailing, a 2016 Korean horror gem, for an English-language remake by his Scott Free Productions. Directed by South Korean filmmaker Na Hong-jin (The Yellow Sea, The Chaser), this unsettling import revolves around a stranger who arrives in a remote mountain village of Gokseong just as a strange sickness has broken out. A police sergeant sucked into the shocking incident enlists the help of a shaman and a mystery woman to halt the disease's infectious spread and try to save his daughter. It's an atmospheric detective tale with plenty of gore, religious omens, illogical plot points and buckets of falling rain.   

Scott's Scott Free Productions is currently in negotiations to obtain remake rights for The Wailing according to FIP Korea's CEO, Hosung Kim:

"They said The Wailing reminded them of films such as The Exorcist, The Ring and Seven," Kim told ScreenDaily. "The locality and sensibility of The Wailing is so strong that I don’t think it would be easy to do a Western remake, and it will be important who directs it. So I told him I think the only director who could do the remake is Na Hong-jin. But we are still in early stages of talks. We’re being careful. As you know, there are a lot of remakes out there being developed [that haven't come to fruition]."

Have a look at the trailer of this award-winning horror flick and tell us if you think an American remake is warranted, even by Sir Ridley.

(Via Bloody Disgusting)