Columbia Pictures is still looking for a female lead, but they have already secured writer Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Robin Hood) and director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises). When asked about the project, Cronenberg had this to say:
“I have always loved Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and when I was approached by Columbia to possibly direct, I had a lot of reservations. I do not feel that a remake is necessary for this film; it is almost perfect the way it stands now. However, knowing that it was going to be made regardless, I felt that I should put my hands on it to ensure that it wasn’t passed off to some young director who has no reverence for the film. I feel that it is my duty to protect Roman’s original vision because I don’t think anyone else would. I also have some very specific shots in my head that would lend itself beautifully to the new 3-D technology.”
Repulsion was the first English-language film of director Roman Polanski and is a psychological thriller in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) and his own later film Rosemary’s Baby (1968). In the original film, Catherine Deneuve stars as Carol Ledoux, a Belgian manicurist living with her sister, Helen (Yvonne Furneaux), in a London flat. Simultaneously attracted and repulsed by sex, Carol is a virgin who finds her sister’s relationship with a married man, Michael (Ian Hendry), extremely disturbing. When her sister and Michael go on holiday, Carol begins to disintegrate mentally, hallucinating bizarre encounters, being forced into taking a sabbatical from her job and ultimately committing a pair of murders in her deranged state.
Also attached to the 2012 remake are Elijah Woods (LOTR trilogy) and Seann William Scott (Dude Where’s My Car, American Pie). According to Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton “We are very excited about the prospect of this film. We just wish that Roman would have been able to return to the states work on this film himself. However, we have faith in David and we know that he will do what is best for this film.”
Columbia and TriStar are planning to have Repulsion go head to head with another remake, April Fool’s Day.