Julian Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Livid still sits on the shelf somewhere at The Weinstein Company, and one theory I had behind that is Bob and Harvey Weinstein were waiting to see what to do with the remake. But the American redo appears to have some difficulty getting off of the ground.
Director Nicholas McCarthy recounted his time on the remake for Complex. Yes, the man behind The Pact and the upcoming At the Devil’s Door was attached to helm the project.
He told the outlet:
It was never announced that I was attached to it, but I was sure that it was going to be my third feature. That was the movie, though, where I realized that you can never be sure about anything. [Laughs.] Im learning that all of those cliches are true. The remake had a couple of really good producers and it was written by a guy named David Burke, whos the guy who wrote 13 Sins, which also premiered at SXSW this year. Hes a genius and kind of took Julien and Alexandres movie and made some kind of sense of it, but didnt homogenize it in any way. I guess one of the reasons why I was so excited about it was that Ive always wanted to do a vampire movie, and this was one that had a really insane third-act twist. We thought it was all set to go, but then, you know, everything fell through. [Laughs.] Id still love to do it, but now Im not formally attached to it anymore, which just means that that piece of paper has expired.
Do I think the remake will ever get off of the ground? Not really. Will we see the original film hit the U.S.? Eventually. Perhaps under the new Radius-TWC or Radius-Dimension banner. We’ll keep you posted. You can read more about Livid via my review from a few years back right here.