HOLLYWOOD — Paramount is taking a hard look at “Don’t Look Now,” setting up a remake of Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 psychological thriller with Mark Gordon.
Andrea Berloff has been tapped to pen an updated version of the tale of a couple who go to Venice, Italy, to recuperate after their daughter’s death and find themselves confronted with visual premonitions that may reveal their daughter’s presence.
Josh McLaughlin, senior VP for the Mark Gordon Co., will oversee for the shingle, while senior veep Wendy Japhet and Ed Goemans shepherd for the studio.
Original film, based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel, starred Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. Peter Katz produced.
Gordon told Daily Variety that Berloff’s script will contemporize the 1973 version, which was penned by Allen Scott and Chris Bryant. “The original was very atmospheric, so we’ll provide a little more of the narrative that audiences expect,” he added.
McLaughlin said he was attracted to the project by its basic focus on a couple dealing with their grief. “I don’t think there’s been a film that deals more intelligently with the loss of a child,” he said.
Gordon’s recently been involved in another film shot in Venice as one of the producers on “Casanova,” starring Heath Ledger and directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
Berloff’s penned an untitled World Trade Center project for Double Features and “Blood Father” for Warner with Steve Golin producing. She rewrote “Borders” for Scott Free and was recently named one of Variety‘s “10 Writers to Watch.”