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‘Night of the Hunter’ Remake in the Works at Universal – Variety

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Common Photos is remaking “The Evening of the Hunter,” a 1955 movie adaptation based mostly on the novel by Davis Grubb.

Matt Orton (“Operation Finale”) is penning the script. Although little is understood concerning the new challenge, it’s anticipated to be a recent model of the unique thriller, relatively than a interval piece.

“The Evening of the Hunter” follows a non secular fanatic, con man and assassin who marries a widow, figuring out that her deceased husband had hid $10,000 from authorities following a financial institution theft. The widow’s younger kids are reluctant to inform him the place their actual dad hid the cash as the person plots extra sinister methods to seek out the place to seek out the money. The 1955 model, starring Robert Mitchum, was thought-about controversial on the time, given darkish themes together with Mitchum’s character preying on younger kids.

Peter Gethers will produce alongside Amy Pascal, who will produce by way of her Common-based Pascal Photos. Common’s senior VP of manufacturing Jay Polidoro will oversee the challenge on behalf of the studio.

Although productions throughout city have been shutdown indefinitely, studios are nonetheless engaged on including tasks to their improvement slates, particularly in relation to setting writers and administrators to growing IP.

Orton beforehand wrote 2018’s  “Operation Finale,” a historic drama starring Oscar Isaac and Sir Ben Kingsley. Since then, Orton has written “Battle of Britain” and is presently engaged on “Knights,” a stay motion household movie for Disney Plus.

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