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|Wicker Man To Be Given US Makeover
- American director plans remake British cult classic
CULT BRITISH scare flick The Wicker Man is the latest movie to be given the American treatment, in a move that is bound to horrify fans of the original.
The 1973 film, set on a fictional island off the coast of Scotland, stars Edward Woodward as a policemen sent to the island in order to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. Directed by British film-maker Robin Hardy, it is now widely regarded as a cult classic.
But American director Joe Berlinger, whose low-budget Blair Witch sequel, The Book Of Shadows, will begin showing in UK cinemas this week, has plans for a re-make of the The Whicker Man with a new script, cast and setting.
"It's hot and very controversial. I originally saw The Wicker Man about 18 years ago and really liked it," Berlinger said. "I thought this would be a perfect film to remake on US soil, which I know will drive people crazy."
Berlinger's decision comes in the wake of the Sylvester Stallone re-make of the British gangster movie Get Carter, which has so far failed to get cash registers ringing on its release in the US this month.