Niels Arden Oplev Adapting Jennifer Egan's Thriller 'The Keep'
He made quite a splash with the foreign adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and now director Niels Arden Oplev has lined up a new project with the young production company CBS Films (Extraordinary Measures). RiskyBiz reports that the filmmaker will direct an adaptation of Jennifer Egan's best-selling novel The Keep with writer Ehren Kruger (The Skeleton Key) writing the screenplay. The trade describes this as The Ring meets Inception with a story within a story about two cousins with a shared secret who reunite to renovate a legendary haunted medieval castle that turns dreams and nightmares into reality.
This sounds like another painfully generic horror movie that gives the genre a bad name. Apparently Kruger originally adapted the screenplay in 2006, around the time the book was published, for Rogue Pictures. In 2008 the project stalled after Relativity Media bought Rogue Pictures from Universal in early 2009 and now CBS Films is the most recent company to take a crack at adapting the property. Personally, I say we let it die, but maybe Niels Arden Oplev can inject some real suspense, thrills and style into a story that sounds quite mediocre. After all, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the biggest international sensations in recent years, so he must be doing something right. Interested?