Producers want to up the shock factor
You read that right, boys and girls. CineTel Films have picked up the rights to the controversial 1978 rape-revenge film I Spit On Your Grave from the original’s writer-director Meir Zarchi.
Initially titled Day of the Woman, Zarchi’s film starred Camille Keaton as a young woman who heads to a remote cabin to write her first novel. Four hicks come a-callin’ and soon they rape her, beat her and leave her for dead. Later she seeks revenge on every one of her sick suitors.
According to Variety, the update will be produced by CineTel prez Paul Hertzberg and Lisa Hansen, with Jeff Klein, Alan Ostroff, Gary Needle and Zarchi as exec producers. A theatrical release is in the cards.
“After seeing what was done with an R rating on films like Saw and Hostel, we think we can modernize this story, be competitive with what this marketplace expects and not have to aim for an NC-17 or X rating,” Hertzberg tells the trade.
Pitches from writers are now being taken.