The 1978 Australian thriller, Patrick, is about to get a modern-day overhaul and one company has stepped up to the plate to finance the project.
Hartley already has a chunk of his cast in place. Sharni Vinson, Richard E. Grant and Rachel Griffiths are attached to star.
Bankside Films, the outfit repping the remake, is going out with this synopsis: After killing is mother and her lover some years before, Patrick is the comatose patient in room 15 of a remote, private psychiatric clinic run by the secretive Dr Roget, who treats him as a guinea pig in his bizarre studies of life and death. When Kathy, a nurse who has recently separated from her boyfriend, begins working at the clinic, she is instructed to care for him. She is disturbed by Rogets treatment of him and somehow feels that Patrick is trying to make a connection with her.
When Kathy realizes that the lifeless murderer can communicate, she is shocked but compelled to prove her theory. Patrick has psychokinetic powers which he uses to talk to Kathy by transferring his thoughts to a computer. As Patricks communication becomes stronger, strange and terrifying events begin to occur. Patrick has feelings for Kathy and his affection is about to manifest itself as a deadly, bloody obsession.