‘Witchfinder General’ Being Remade by Nicholas Winding Refn and John Hillcoat

Witches may soon be on the endangered species list, as Nicholas Winding Refn and John Hillcoat are preparing to remake the 1968 film which starred one of the perennial horror actors of all time, Vincent Price.

In an exclusive report from the Cannes Film Festival via Deadline, Refn (the director of Drive and Neon Demon) praised Hillcoat (best known for 2009’s bleak dystopian adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’ novel The Road), saying that “It is with extreme pleasure that both Rupert and I can incorporate John Hillcoat into our group as director for our production of Witchfinder General. It gives me enormous satisfaction to produce John’s vision and bring the retelling of this classic British film to a new audience.” read more

Nic Winding Refn Remaking WITCHFINDER GENERAL

We have more horror news out of Cannes today.  Nicolas Winding Refn and producer Rubert Preston have acquired the rights to remake  Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General (The Conqueror Worm in the US), which starred Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy and Hilary Dwyer.   Refn is developing the remake with Preston and will be a producer, not a director. 

Based on the Roband Bassett novel and set in Norfolk, England circa 1645, the original film was a fictionalized account of the horrific crimes committed by   real-life witch hunter Mathew Hopkins during the English Civil War.  It was so violent it stirred controversy in the U.K., and achieved cult status in the U.S.   Refn and Preston plan to bring the story to a new audience and to go into production next year.  read more