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Peter Weir's next film will venture into The Keep

05.21.2012
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Director Peter Weir (THE TRUMAN SHOW, MASTER AND COMMANDER) will make his next film an adaptation of Jennifer Egan's novel THE KEEP. I know many movie fans may have been thinking I meant this version of THE KEEP, but this is an entirely different Keep.

I actually stumbled upon Egan's novel when ordering the F. Paul Wilson novel off of Amazon. Since they share the same title, I thought this would be worth a shot. The Egan novel is about two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe. In an environment of extreme paranoia, cut off from the outside world, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a prisoner, in jail for an unnamed crime, recounts an unforgettable story that seamlessly brings the crimes of the past and present into piercing relation.

Featuring a more ethereal sense of horror rather than gore, this is a good piece of storytelling that will be Weir's first "horror" movie since his classic PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK. The novel uses a novel within a novel plot device that amps up the feeling of unease as the characters try to figure out how to escape the castle.

Weir's last film, THE WAY BACK, did not receive much buzz despite being a nice little movie. Here's hoping THE KEEP brings Weir back to the top of his game.

Source: Variety

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5:14PM on 05/22/2012
I orginally clicked on this article thinking it would be a remake of Michael Mann's THE KEEP from the 80s (loved the Tangerine Dream score as well). I was disappointed to see it was not the same story since it could use a another retelling seeing as how the Wilson novel was very different in many aspects. That being said, I am still excited for this film for a couple of reasons: 1. reading the synopsis 2. Its Peter freakin' Weir people!
I orginally clicked on this article thinking it would be a remake of Michael Mann's THE KEEP from the 80s (loved the Tangerine Dream score as well). I was disappointed to see it was not the same story since it could use a another retelling seeing as how the Wilson novel was very different in many aspects. That being said, I am still excited for this film for a couple of reasons: 1. reading the synopsis 2. Its Peter freakin' Weir people!
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10:59PM on 05/21/2012
Anytime Peter Weir decides to make another movie is a time worthy of celebration. I have yet to be disappointed by this man.
Anytime Peter Weir decides to make another movie is a time worthy of celebration. I have yet to be disappointed by this man.
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6:15PM on 05/21/2012

big fan of Weir

everything he does is compelling at the least, am very interested to see him do horror after all these years.
everything he does is compelling at the least, am very interested to see him do horror after all these years.
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5:44PM on 05/21/2012
My interest died when I realized this wasn't news of a a proper adaptation ("remake") of F. Paul Wilson's amazing and eerie novel.
My interest died when I realized this wasn't news of a a proper adaptation ("remake") of F. Paul Wilson's amazing and eerie novel.
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