The Stanford Prison Experiment is one of the most notorious and fascinating psychological experiments ever conducted. In 1971, researchers at Stanford set up a mock prison environment to study the effects of humans in captivity, which quickly got out of hand as guards began to abuse the prisoners and act in unnecessarily extreme ways befitting of their roles. German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel made a fictional movie based on this study called Das Experiment, and now Paul Scheuring, creator of Prison Break, has been hired to do a U.S. remake.
I’ve heard very good things about the original and will make a point of seeking it out on DVD, however, I am also intrigued by the possibilities of a remake. It does seem a bit silly that Scheuring has been recruited for the project simply because he did a show called Prison Break (which, as it turns out, has very little to do with prison in its second season). It might make more sense for the creator of Oz take this on instead, however Scheuring has proven he can generate some gripping television and the concept is strong enough that I’ll definitely check it out. Yeah it’s another remake of a perfectly good foreign film, but I think this movie deserves a chance to be repackaged for a wider audience and if that means an English language remake then so be it!» Related Link: Filmstalker [via]