Bankside Films is ready to roll on their remake of Patrick, locking Richard E. Grant (Dracula, Corpse Bride), Rachel Griffiths (Blow) and Sharni Vinson (pictured inside) for the main cast. Vinson is coming off a hot few years with You’re Next becoming the year’s festival fav. She will also star in Kimble Rendall’s shark thriller Bait.
Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood) is directing the remake of Richard Franklin’s 1978 thriller Patrick, which was penned by Justin King.
Here’s the AFM plot crunch: “After killing is mother and her lover some years before, Patrick is the comatose patient in room 15 of a remote, private psychiatric clinic run by the secretive Dr Roget, who treats him as a guinea pig in his bizarre studies of life and death. When Kathy, a nurse who has recently separated from her boyfriend, begins working at the clinic, she is instructed to care for him. She is disturbed by Roget’s treatment of him and somehow feels that Patrick is trying to make a connection with her. When Kathy realises that the lifeless murderer can communicate, she is shocked but compelled to prove her theory. Patrick has psychokinetic powers which he uses to talk to Kathy by transferring his thoughts to a computer. As Patrick’s communication becomes stronger, strange and terrifying events begin to occur. Patrick has feelings for Kathy and his affection is about to manifest itself as a deadly, bloody obsession.“Pictured: Sharni Vinson