We’re big fans of Roar Uthaug’s 2006 slasher movie Cold Prey, which was a great reminder that the sub-genre isn’t dead, it just needs someone use the formula well.
The Norwegian horror was a festival hit and spawned a pretty-decent sequel (and a third film, but we can’t testify to its quality) and it set Uthaug on the path to his current excellent standing as the director of box-office smash The Wave and the currently-filming Tomb Raider. It starred Ingrid Bolsø Berdal in the lead, who is currently enjoying fan favourite status as gunslinger Armistice in HBO’s Westworld.
Given that it came out over 10 years ago, it’s a little surprising that a remake is only just getting going. Deadline reports that WWE Studios has picked up the rights to the horror and that a script is being written by Casey La Scala.
La Scala’s CV is mostly taken up with his work as producer, which includes Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko, Vincenzo Natali’s Cypher, and Franck Khalfoun’s where-the-hell-is-it Amityville: The Awakening. His only produced screenplay to date is 2014’s apocalypse drama The Remaining, which he also directed.
Cold Prey “follows a group of friends who decide to ski out of bounds and are forced to take shelter when a storm hits, finding themselves imprisoned in an abandoned ski lodge along with a maniacal killer. The story has been described as a cross between The Grey and The Revenant and really centers on a strong female character who reaches the limits of physical and mental endurance.”
WWE Studio’s track record with horror is a little…mixed. On the plus side, they produced Mike Flagan’s incredible Oculus and the hugely fun No One Lives, and on the other hand, it depends how you feel about the See No Evil films.
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