Next month marks the three year anniversary of Dimension Films acquiring Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s haunting Livide out of the Toronto International Film Festival. It was quickly announced that a remake would be in the works, but nothing ever came into fruition – with either film.
So, while we sit here in the States wondering if TWC-Dimension will ever release the original, there’s constant reports about the never-made Livide remake.
With IFC’s At the Devil’s Door now on VOD, Complex caught up with director Nicholas McCarthy, also director of The Pact, who tells of a time when he was sure his next movie was going to be Livid.
It was never announced that I was attached to it, but I was sure that it was going to be my third feature. That was the movie, though, where I realized that you can never be sure about anything. [Laughs.] I’m learning that all of those cliches are true. The remake had a couple of really good producers and it was written by a guy named David Burke, who’s the guy who wrote 13 Sins, which also premiered at SXSW this year. He’s a genius and kind of took Julien and Alexandre’s movie and made some kind of sense of it, but didn’t homogenize it in any way. I guess one of the reasons why I was so excited about it was that I’ve always wanted to do a vampire movie, and this was one that had a really insane third-act twist. We thought it was all set to go, but then, you know, everything fell through. [Laughs.] I’d still love to do it, but now I’m not formally attached to it anymore, which just means that that piece of paper has expired.
We have three reviews for the film that started with my positive one out of the TIFF 2011 World Premiere. David Harley also liked the film, when it screened at the 2011 Fantastic Fest, where Brad Hargue didn’t agree. I would have loved to see an English-language interpretation of the film – especially since McCarthy was looking at it from a vampire angle. A U.S. remake could have been radically different, and the fact that nobody knows what the hell Livide is, couldn’t hurt…
In the film, “It’s young Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs Jessel’s treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that will change Lucy forever…”