New Line is Set to Remake New Zealand Horror Hit 'Housebound'
by Ethan Anderton
February 11, 2015
For some reason, Hollywood just loves to take great, original films and remake them for American audiences. It's mostly due to the lack of appeal of unknown international cast members, or sometimes trying to avoid excluding stupid people who don't like subtitles. And nowhere is this more true than in the horror genre. There are countless foreign horror films remade for American audiences and one more has just been added to the pile. THR reports the remake rights to the New Zealand horror film Housebound have been picked up by New Line. Not even a foreign film that has accented English can avoid the remake machine.
Here's the trailer for the original New Zealand horror film Housebound:
The film has been praised by Peter Jackson, mostly because it's the kind of film he used to make before Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit came along. As you can see in the trailer, it follows a rebellious young woman under house arrest, forced to live with her small-town-minded mother and stepfather. While that seems like a fate worse than death, she begins to suspect that something malevolent may be in house as well. Gerard Johnstone, the original film's writer and director will produce the film, but New Line wants someone else behind the camera and they're looking for a writer to adapt it as well. We'd much rather see New Line give the original distribution in the United States, but whatever. You can seek the original out on VOD services like Amazon if you really want to, and you definitely should.