Back in my OmegaUnderground days, I first reported that Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, Sightseers, High-Rise) would be remaking the Alfred Hitchcock film Rebecca, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier.
I’ve now learned of another feature project he’s developing.
HN Entertainment can report that Ben is looking to write and direct a remake of the French horror film Eyes Without A Face, which was based on the novel by Jean Redon.
There were two feature film adaptations of the novel one from 1919 and the best-known version from 1960.
Dr. Génessier (Pierre Brasseur) is riddled with guilt after an accident that he caused disfigures the face of his daughter, the once beautiful Christiane (Édith Scob), who outsiders believe is dead. Dr. Génessier, along with accomplice and laboratory assistant Louise (Alida Valli), kidnaps young women and brings them to the Génessier mansion. After rendering his victims unconscious, Dr. Génessier removes their faces and attempts to graft them on to Christiane’s.
It’s unknown when he’ll get around to shooting Eyes Without A Face as Ben was recently hired by Warner Bros. to direct the Tomb Raider sequel starring Alicia Vikander with a script penned by his frequent co-writer Amy Jump.
I have to assume that Ben’s version will stick to the serious tone similar to his movies Kill List and A Field In England.
SOURCE: HN ENTERTAINMENT