‘Gaslight’ casts glow on Wright

Warner Bros. will relight the 1944 thriller “Gaslight” with “Pride & Prejudice” helmer Joe Wright making his U.S. directing debut. Based on a 1938 British play by Patrick Hamilton and preceded by a 1940 British film, the MGM classic starred Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman and garnered seven Oscar nominations, including a win for Bergman. It also introduced the film’s title into the vernacular, as the act of “gaslighting” someone means to drive them insane. Pic revolves around a woman whose suitor has designs on her money, and after luring her to a house of horrors, he methodically tries to convince her she is insane.

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