In 1997, Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal made his U.S. feature filmmaking debut with Nightwatch.
Starring Ewan McGregor, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte and Patricia Arquette, the thriller was a remake of Bornedal’s 1994 film Nattevagten from Denmark. Nightwatch was a Dimension Films production and it faced a small delay reaching the screen (as is/was the case with some Dimension projects). Following its lackluster reception, Bornedal returned home to continue his directing career overseas.
His name wasn’t connected to Hollywood again until 2007 when Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures acquired the American remake rights to Bornedal’s sci-fi/horror film The Substitute. While progress on that remake moved slowly, Raimi asked Bornedal to take a crack at another American film, The Possession, opening in theaters this Friday.
The film is a loose re-telling of Los Angeles Times writer Leslie Gornstein’s article “Jinx in a Box” and centers around a cursed relic containing mysterious familial tokens that is mistakenly purchased and its new owner must solve its mystery to save his own family.
Shock spoke to Bornedal about The Possession and working with producer Sam Raimi. He also reveals who was being considered for the role co-star Matisyahu now plays in the film, how he made star Jeffrey Dean Morgan “crack” and what’s wrong with modern filmmaking.