Acclaimed filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn has scored the remake rights to Michael Reeves’ 1968 cult historical horror tale “Witchfinder General” (aka. “The Conqueror Worm”).
Based on Ronald Bassett’s novel, Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy and Hilary Dwyer starred in the acclaimed original which was set in Norfolk, England in 1645 and follows real-life witch hunter Matthew Hopkins and the heinous crimes he committed during the English Civil War.
Refn will produce, but NOT direct, this new $5-10 million budgeted adaptation alongside Rupert Preston through their Space Rocket Nation and Sunrise Films labels. Vertigo Releasing will handle UK distribution.
The plan is to go into production next year with a view to bringing a new audience to the story, but the decision about whether to completely contemporize the story has not yet been decided.
Refn has “The Neon Demon” playing at Cannes and is producing another horror remake, “Maniac Cop,” which is in the works with John Hyams directing. That is the first of a new deal between Space Rocket and Vendian Entertainment and potentially the first in a trilogy of films.