Nicolas Winding Refn Checks into Haunted Hotel with 'The Bringing'
After pulling out two projects with Ryan Gosling in Drive and Only God Forgives, director Nicolas Winding Refn is ready to step into the horror genre. Deadline reports Refn is currently in early talks to direct The Bringing, a spec script by Brandon & Phillip Murphy that was picked up by Sony Pictures after an intense bidding war happened in February. The catalyst for the project was the mysterious tale of a young woman named Elisa Lam, who can be seen in a security video on an elevator in the Cecil Hotel in LA acting strangely before she disappeared and was found dead in one of the roof's water tanks two weeks later.
Here's the video of Elisa Lam, which is much creepier when you read the accompanying information here:
However, the script itself doesn't really have anything specific to do with Lam's death, but it sparked the idea for this script about a man investigating a death at the hotel, and the nightmare he stumbles into. Refn actually sought this project out as opposed to the studio trying to land him for the gig. With the hotel setting and the spooky nature, maybe Refn sees this as an opportunity to make is own version of The Shining without trying to imitate Stanley Kubrick obviously. Refn is a gifted filmmaker with a style all his own, and he can undoubtedly make a quiet, haunting horror flick work. We can't wait to hear more. Interested?