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Belgian Thriller 'The Loft' Being Remade with James Marsden & More

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May 12, 2011
Source: Variety

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In a story that is sure to play out like a much more dramatic version of Clue, Variety reveals that James Marsden (Hop), Patrick Wilson, Wentworth Miller ("Prison Break") and Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") will all star in a remake of the 2008 Belgian thriller The Loft. A Nightmare on Elm Street remake writer Wesley Strick is behind the script which tells the story of five married friends who share a loft where each of them bring their mistresses. When the body of an unknown woman is found in the loft, they begin to suspect one another of murder. Frankly, I'm surprised this wasn't made as a stage production first.

Erik Van Looy, who directed the original film, is also helming the English-language remake. The last time I remember this happening was Michael Haneke doing an English-language remake of Funny Games in 2007 about 10 years after his original foreign thriller of the same name was released in 1997. While three of the cast members have dealt with various types of thrillers in their career, I'm most interested in seeing a comedic actor like Stonestreet, who cracks me up on "Modern Family," venture into darker territory. How about you?

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  • Neuromancer
    Being from Belgium I'm interested in how it'll turn out. In my opinion, Belgium doesn't have much to be proud of so it would be cool if Erik Van Looy's directing finds appreciation in the States :). Either way, like mentioned in the article I'm eager to see Stonestreet in this movie. I wonder though, how different both films will be side by side. I'm looking forward :)
  • Belgfag here also: Belgian cinema really has evolved the last decade or so. Van Looy is pretty much our new blockbuster-guy: enjoyable mysteries, high production values. But besides him (obviously ignoring king-of-idiotic-schlock Jan Verheyen), we really got quite a few talented filmmakers who actually bring out great stuff. The future of Belgian cinema has rarely looked brighter.
    • 46and2
      can u give some recomendations mate?
      • The biggest one of them all is obviously Mr. Nobody, which is not really that much of a Belgian film (English-spoken, no Belgian actors, etc.), but director Jaco van Dormael is (his Toto le Héros and Le Huitième Jour are also recommended). On that same note: I believe Ben X and The Secret of Kells have received a fair share of attention in the foreign press. Also Erik van Looy (who's remaking his own Loft) made De Zaak Alzheimer (Memory of a Killer), which I know has been discussed on At the Movies, where Roger Ebert basically said Jan Decleir (a monument of Belgian actors) totally blew his mind.Then there is 2011's big hit Rundskop (Bullhead), which is probably the finest of all Belgian productions yet in terms of production vallues, cinematography, acting and depth (it's a character study, we don't produce all too many of those). Some other great ones are C'est Arrivé Près de Chez Vous (Man Bite Dog), Innocence, Daens (as far as I know the only Belgian film that was nominated for an Oscar).
  • Marissatje
    Erik stonestreet's role is also a bit of a  comic one in this thriller, if we see the original, there are a lot of good jokes by his character, although this still is a very suspenseful thriller. So I think it's a very good choice for that role.

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