Starring Alfred Molina, Simon Baker & Shane West
David Ondaatje’s remake of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Lodger is going direct-to-DVD on February 10, 2009. Ondaatje is making his directorial debut with the film which was produced under Sony’s Stage 6 banner.
The Lodger follows a grizzled detective Chandler Manning (Alfred Molina) on the trail of a ruthless killer intent on slaughtering prostitutes along West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger called Malcolm Slaight (Simon Baker) rents a guesthouse from Joe (Donal Logue) and Ellen Bunting (Hope Davis), a married couple struggling to preserve their fragile union after their plans to start a family have ended in tragedy.
Manning, shunned both by his daughter Amanda (Rachael Leigh Cook) and his suicidal wife Margaret (Mel Harris) as a result of his single-minded dedication to police work, teams up with unlikely rookie partner Street Wilkenson (Shane West), only to make a startling discovery. It appears that the murderer’s grisly methods are identical to that of London’s infamous 19th century psychopath Jack the Ripper – a relentless serial killer who was never caught by police. To make matters worse, Manning soon notices the parallels between the crimes committed by the West Hollywood stalker and those of a serial murderer Manning incarcerated years ago.