While most remakes these days tend to exist only to cynically cash in on the popularity of an existing movie or franchise, sometimes there can be slightly more noble reasons for remaking a movie. There are situations where the original film had a strong concept but came up lacking in execution (either due to budgetary or technological constraints) and other times there simply value in updating a classic story and introducing it to a new generation. That latter scenario may be the case with Universal’s upcoming remake of the 1955 classic The Night of the Hunter. The movie itself does not carry much mainstream name recognition but the argument can certainly be made that it is a great story that deserves to be retold (assuming they can do it justice, of course). Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Universal Pictures is setting up a remake of The Night of the Hunter with Matt Orton (Operation Finale) attached to write the script. The original film was directed by Charles Laughton and starred Robert Mitchum as a crooked preacher and ex-con who marries a widow to try to find out where her deceased husband hid his stash from a bank robbery. It was based on the novel of the same name by Davis Grubb although it also drew from the true story of American serial killer Harry Powers from the early 1930s.
The new version is expected to be a contemporary version of the story although little else is known at the moment. Matt Orton’s only screenwriting credit to date is the WWII movie Operation Finale but he is also writing the script for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Battle of Britain and a Disney+ film called Knights. Amy Pascal and Peter Gethers will produce but no director is currently attached. Are you interested in seeing a remake of The Night of the Hunter or should a classic movie like this be considered off limits?