Ketchum’s Red Wraps

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Adaptation pushes on without McKee

The works of Jack Ketchum are slowly trickling into the world of celluloid. Chris Sivertson’s The Lost has been in the can for well over year, playing here and there at various festivals awaiting an official release. Meanwhile, a distribution deal is expected to be announced any day now for the gritty The Girl Next Door.

As for Red, based on Ketchum’s 2002 novel, shooting has wrapped. But we have learned through a number of sources that the film didn’t see the end of principal photography with director Lucky McKee (May) behind the camera, instead Trygve Diesen stepped in to complete the project. McKee was “let go” during the production for reasons unknown.

Diesen, according to the IMDB, is a Norwegian filmmaker who has garnered acclaim for his thrilers/dramas Mørkets øy and Tyven, tyven.

Adapted by Stephen Susco (the “Grudge” films), Red is a tale of revenge institigated by the inexplicable killing of a dog. Story follows the late canine’s owner who subsequently seeks out those responsible for the crime.

Source: Ryan Rotten