That American remake of Pascal Laugier’s dark, female-centric revenge picture “Martyrs” that you’ve been hearing about? Well, it’s closer to realization, with The LATimes reporting that “The Last Exorcism” director Daniel Stamm has signed on to direct the film, which has become a major cult hit with just as many fans as it has detractors. Which either makes it really, really awesome, or really, really not awesome. I have yet to meet anyone who is on the fence on the film.
Stamm shares his thoughts on the remake:
Martyrs is very nihilistic. The American approach [that I’m looking at] would go through all that darkness but then give a glimmer of hope. You don’t have to shoot yourself when it’s over.
Every time you think you know where it’s going, it goes somewhere else. It plays on things that are familiar — like two friends who can’t be separated, kind of a Forrest Gump and Jenny situation. But then it takes a turn, and in doing so asks interesting quesitons. ‘If you have a best friend in the world and she goes crazy, how much do you owe this friend to go down with them?’ It’s much more than a horror film.
Stamm also dismisses Internet rumors that had “Twilight’s” Kristen Stewart playing one fo the females that go on the rampage. Of course, when all is said and done, hiring a lead actress is not really up to Stamm, and the fact is, the producers of the upcoming remake also produced “Twilight”, so … Hey, I’m justy saying, don’t shoot the messenger.
Meanwhile, Stamm is also set to direct one of M. Night Shymalan’s “Night Chronicles” movies.