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‘Drive’ Director is a Huge Horror Fan, Will Helm ‘The Bringing’

Drive‘s Nicolas Winding Refn, pictured left, is in early talks to direct The Bringing, the horror movie spec by Brandon and Phillip Murphy that Sony Pictures acquired in a competitive bidding battle in February, Deadline reports.

They explain that this is the project that got the town whipped into a frenzy partly because its catalyst was a widely circulated video of a young woman who displayed erratic behavior in an elevator at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles (see below video), the place where such killers as Richard Ramirez called home at one time or other, and where numerous suicides have occurred. The woman, Elisa Lam, was found dead in the water tanks at the roof of the hotel. The script has nothing really to do with that that tragedy but it created a germ of an idea focusing on a man investigating a death at the hotel, and the nightmare he stumbles into.

The coolest part of the story is that Refn, who is typically courted for projects, sought this one out because “he is a horror connoisseur who badly wants to make a terrifying film.”



  • Golic

    totally called it!! After watching ‘Only God Forgives’ I thought this guy would be AMAZING as a horror director! He obviously draws a lot of inspiration from Stanley Kubrick; Nicholas Winding Refn would be my FIRST choice to direct the upcoming prequel to ‘The Shinning’

    • a very British hamster

      I’d actually love to see what he’d do with a segment on V/H/S!

  • Krug09

    I am in.

  • a very British hamster

    I would love to see Refn do this! And maybe the Maniac cop remake hopefully too!

  • Julian Nunez

    I’d be on board with this. I wasn’t a huge fan of only god forgives but him doing a horror film sounds fascinating. Also, did we ever know what really happened to Elisa Lam? They just stopped reporting.

  • eagleye

    What about ‘I Walk with the Dead’? …Either way, Refn + horror = brilliant idea.

  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    A contemporary auteur dabbling in the horror genre? Now THIS’LL be a real horror film.

    • Julio C. Sánchez

      He has done one horror film already, a danish film called “Bleeder” and he was also involved in the remake of “Maniac Cop”.

      • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

        I’m sorry, but Bleeder is not a horror film. And he *was* involved in a remake of Maniac Cop. But not anymore. So his horror count is zero. So shush.

        • Julio C. Sánchez

          “Bleeder” is not a straight horror film but is an horror film like some works of David Lynch or Roman Polansky, for sure. And almost the same you can apply to “Fear X”…

          • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

            Nah, it’s not. No worries though.

  • turtlenipple

    I love everything the man has done, so this’ll be great no doubt.

  • Evan3

    I feel I have been so pessimistic lately… but this guy is easily the most overrated director in the business today. He has yet to deliver one film where the substance comes close to equaling the style. No idea why people think this Harmony Korine clone is anything to be excited about.
    That being said… I wonder if Ryan Gosling will be in this.

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