Orion Pictures has picked up the remake rights to Rokkur (Rift), a gay-themed psychological horror movie hailing from Iceland, Heat Vision is reporting. Ari Drew reviewed the original at last year’s Fantastic Fest, writing that the “slow burn is a mesmerizing excercise in LGBTQ horror done right.”
The company has also set Erlingur Thoroddsen, the rising genre auteur who wrote and directed the 2017 movie, to pen the English-language screenplay.
The movie follows two men whose broken relationship is tested as they are haunted by a supernatural entity awakened by their grief.
Rokkur generated buzz for breaking new ground as a socially conscious genre movie, drawing praise for its depiction of an LGBTQ story, something not seen often in genre movies, explains the site. It earned Outfest’s Artistic Vision Award and CinEuphoria’s Top Ten of the Year Audience Award and has a 100 percent freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes.
J. Todd Harris and Marc Marcum will produce on behalf of Branded Pictures Entertainment.
Dan Kagan will oversee the project on behalf of Orion.