LIVIDE to be Remade in English ... by French Company

Peter Martin, Managing Editor

The French-language horror film Livide, directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside, originally A L'Interieur), will be remade in an English-language version, according to an unconfirmed report by Deadline.

Dimension Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to Livid last summer, ahead of the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. While Dimension has not yet announced any plans to release Livid, either theatrically or on home video, French distributor SND Films has set Doug Davison and Robert Léger to produce a remake.

David Birke, who has a couple of real-life serial killer thrillers (Freeway Killer, Gacy) among his credits, has been hired to write the script. Davison is a remake specialist, a former partner of Roy Lee in Vertigo Entertainment before the two went their separate ways in 2010.

As to the original, our own Todd Brown described it as "quite possibly the most anticipated international horror title of the year and one that threw audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival through a bit of a loop due to its radical shift in style. Livid has proven to be a polarizing title, a highly stylized fusion of haunted house story and creature feature with heavy giallo overtones."

Livid is still making the festival rounds, but here's hoping it will become more widely available ahead of the English-language remake. The French trailer is embedded below.

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