A good idea is a good idea, no matter where it comes from. And while there are some significant political tensions with Russian right now, they’ve still got some good horror. To wit, here comes The Bride! Or rather, here comes The Bride remake. The original film by Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite director Svyatoslav Podgayevsky came out last year, and was a smash success in Russia. Lionsgate picked up the rights to a remake last fall, and are eager to get this into production, and now, we’ve got a writer for the remake.
According to THR, Sarah Conradt has been hired to pen the remake of The Bride. Conradt made the Black List in 2011 for her un-produced screenplay, Dead of Winter. She has since gone on to write the script for the MGM remake of the Finnish film Black Ice, and the thriller Enigma; both of those projects are in various stages of pre-production now. Two other writers, Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes who penned The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, are signed on to The Bride as producers.
The Bride tells the story of a young couple who arrive at the family home to get married only for strange things to start happening. A century earlier, a ghastly ritual where a widower tried to resurrect his dead wife in the body of a young virgin was interrupted by a sinister presence, and the wife has returned to claim the body of the young bride. The original Bride grossed $3.1 million U.S. after its release last January. Vlad Severtsev, who was a producer on the original Russian film, will serve as co-producer on the remake
No director, cast, start date, or release date has yet been announced for The Bride, but given the Russian original’s notoriety, it’s likely that Lionsgate will want to put this remake in North American cinemas post haste. We’ll post any and all developments as they become available.