‘Evil’ good for Dimension

Co. to redo Quebecois horror smash

MONTREAL — Dimension Films has bought the remake rights to hit Quebecois horror pic “Sur le seuil” (Evil Words) from Montreal producer Nicole Robert, who produced the French-language original.

Robert will produce the remake with Janick Neveu as well as Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison. Lee brought the pic, the disturbing tale of a novelist who has an uncanny knack for imagining horrific events before they happen, to Dimension as part of his first-look deal with the company.

Dimension co-presidents Andrew Rona and Brad Weston will oversee the pic, and the creative execs from Dimension on the project are Dan Levine and Narges Takesh.

“It has shades of ‘Rosemary’s Baby and ‘The Ring,’ ” Lee said. “I know we can expand on this story and make it even scarier.”

Steven Susco (“The Grudge”) is already at work on the script.

“Sur le seuil” was launched by distribbery Alliance Atlantic Oct. 3 and has grossed C$1.3 million ($988,000) at the box office in Quebec, making it the top-grossing Quebecois thriller of all time.

Pic was directed by Eric Tessier with a screenplay by Tessier and Patrick Senecal, adapted from Senecal’s novel.

The Dimension deal is a major break for Senecal, whose five novels are a hit in Quebec but have yet to be published in English.

Sarah Sobel negotiated the deal for Dimension, and Linda Lichter from Lichter Goodman Nichols Adler negotiated for Robert.

The only other Quebecois film remade by Hollywood was the 1994 comedy “Louis 19,” which was transformed by helmer Ron Howard into the 1999 pic “EDtv.”

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