American screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher is set to write the screenplay for a remake of Derek Nguyen’s Vietnamese horror flick, The Housemaid. Geoffrey Fletcher is best known for his award-winning screenplay for Precious (2009) as well being the first black screenwriter to win an Oscar for writing.
The Housemaid takes place in 1953 Vietnam during the First Indochinese War. The film tells the story of an orphaned country girl, who gets hired to be a housemaid at a haunted French rubber plantation. She unexpectedly falls in love with the French landowner and awakens the vengeful ghost of his dead wife. The opportunity to reimagine this compelling story in the context of American history is incredibly exciting, said Fletcher during an interview with Deadline.
Collaborating with CJ Entertainment and Motor, an international team of talents is equally thrilling and this unique project speaks to the creative power of diverse voices. Derek Nguyen’s cinematic fable, produced by Timothy Bui, is perfect for Reconstruction Era reinvention, especially today.
Deadline also spoke with the films original Director, Derek Nguyen about his thoughts on the American adaptation.
When writing the original script for The Housemaid, I became aware of the many parallels between the lives of Vietnamese indentured servants during the French colonial period and African American slaves in the American South. It’s an honor to have a celebrated screenwriter such as Geoffrey Fletcher shed light on the horrors of brutal injustice in a new version that will not only entertain but provoke thought.
Released in Vietnam during 2016, the film became the third-highest-grossing horror film in Vietnam’s history. CJ Entertainment is returning to help produce the remake. Watch the original trailer below and if you’re interested in watching the film, it recently got a US release! Be sure to follow Nightmare on Film Street for any new updates about The Housemaid.