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‘Elevator’ lifts off: Maas, CLT-Ufa on board

Dutch cult classic 'Lift' gets remade

AMSTERDAM — Principal photography has begun on the Dick Maas- directed “The Elevator,” an English-language remake of Maas’ 1983 noirish Dutch cult classic “The Lift” (De Lift) and the second of a two-pic package directed by Maas and distributed outside Benelux by CLT-Ufa.

“The Lift,” Maas’ first feature film, brought the Dutch director to international attention when it was picked up for world distribution by Warner Bros. A thriller about a lift that takes on a horrific life of its own, “The Elevator” is being shot on location in Amsterdam but is set to move to New York shortly.

Pic stars James Hurley (“Twin Peaks,” “A Few Good Men”) and Aussie actress Naomi Watts.The first of the two-pic Maas package was the English-lingo “Do Not Disturb,” starring William Hurt. It was released last year.

CLT-Ufa has taken all distribution rights outside the Benelux territories for 13 titles from Maas and Laurens Geels’ First Floor Features, including the Oscar-winning feature “Character,” “Long Live the Queen,” “Amsterdammed” and “The Lift.”

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