New Zealand horror comedy Housebound being remade at the request of Peter Jackson

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Feb 12, 2015, 2:02 PM EST (Updated)

An acclaimed but little-known horror comedy from New Zealand is getting a U.S. remake, mostly thanks to the fact that Peter Jackson just so happens to be a huge fan.

New Line has snagged the rights to remake Housebound, a horror comedy that generated some  buzz on the festival circuit and scored a famous fan in Jackson (Lord of the Rings). The filmmaker, who cut his teeth on weirdo horror flicks like Dead Alive, still has an eye for the genre (even though it has nothing to do with Middle-earth) and pulled some New Line strings to get the project in front of them.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story tells of a rebellious young woman who is forced to return to her country home thanks to a forced home detention program. Living with her small-town-minded mother and stepfather seems like a fate worse than death until she begins to suspect that something malevolent may be in house as well.

Housebound was written and directed by Gerard Johnstone, and he’s sticking around to produce the U.S. remake. The studio is currently searching for a writer to pen the adaptation, and considering Jackson’s interest, you’d think this one might be able to actually maintain some momentum through the development phase.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)