Universal Pictures partnering with Sentient for The Others remake
After winning the rights to the story earlier this year in a heated bidding war, Sentient Entertainment is partnering with Universal Pictures to develop the remake of the acclaimed Nicole Kidman-starring ghost story The Others, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sentient had struck a deal with FilmSharks subsidiary The Remake Company and Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo’s Video Mercury in an effort to reinvent and modernize the story, with sources reporting that A-list talent and studios are chomping at the bit to get in on the project.
The remake will be produced by Sentient’s Renee Tab (Feud: Bette and Joan) and Christopher Tuffin alongside Lucas Aksoskin for Aliwen Entertainment, with veteran Spanish producer Cerezo executive producing with FlimSharks’ Guido Rud and Miller Way’s Michael and Jeeny Miller. Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production Sara Scott will oversee the project for the studio.
“I am honored to be able to work on my favorite horror film of all time, The Others, and to bring this reimagining to the big screen for new audiences,” Tab previously said in a statement. “It is almost eerie and uncanny how timely the themes are today: self-isolation, paranoia and fear, and of course the intense desire to protect our children and ourselves from harm. We look forward to unraveling the layers behind lead character Grace, whose pain and demons draw viewers into a truly compassionate journey.”
The film, written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar released in fall 2001, starred Kidman as Grace Stewart, a war widow in 1945 Britain who has isolated herself in her country mansion with her children, who are suffering from a rare disease characterized by photosensitivity. Their isolation is uprooted when three strangers arrive, leading to the unveiling of a whole host of secrets kept hidden in the dark mansion. Kidman was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance with Amenábar winning the Goyas Award for Best Director and Screenplay.