‘The Wicker Man’ To Be Adapted To The Small Screen

by Thomas Tuna

Don’t keep the Wicker Man waiting.

Cult horror classic The Wicker Man is being adapted into a TV series, and is in the early stages of being shopped to potential broadcasters, according to a report on Deadline.

The series–being developed by The Imaginarium and Urban Myth Films–is being written by Howard Overman (War of the Worlds). No word yet as to who will sit in the director’s chair.

The original 1973 The Wicker Man–directed by Robin Hardy from a screenplay by Anthony Shaffer–stars Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee and follows Sgt. Neil Howle as he travels to the remote island of Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl.

The devoutly Christian Howle is shocked to see the inhabitants worshiping the pagan Celtic gods of their ancestors–and the resulting conflict ends in tragedy.

The original was remade for the big screen in 2006, with disastrous results. The film–starring Nicolas Cage–was blasted by both critics and moviegoers. Since then, talks have been held about reimagining the first film as a TV series.

Overman said this new small-screen adaptation will depart somewhat from the original script, but will “explore the same themes of sacrifice, superstition and ritual that were at its core.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this adaptation of The Wicker Man.


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