Housebound remake is coming from New Line

Festival favourite NZ horror comedy Housebound is getting an American remake

Morgana O'Reilly and Rime Te Wiata in Housebound
Morgana O’Reilly and Rime Te Wiata in Housebound

New Zealand horror comedy Housebound, endorsed by Peter Jackson himself, was one of the most winning films to come out of last year’s FrightFest, and it looks like it wasn’t just the dedicated horror audiences who noticed it.

THR reports that New Line is developing an American remake of the film about Kylie, a young woman who is forced to endure house arrest with her mother Miriam (Rima Te Wiata), only to discover that the family home might actually be haunted.

Writer-director Gerard Johnstone will produce the film, but he will be neither writing nor directing.

Housebound is a lot sharper than the basic premise suggests and there are plenty of nifty twists and turns, but a lot of its charm came from the relationship between the mother and daughter and the brilliant performances from Morgana O’Reilly and Rima Te Wiata. It’s deadpan and dry but also surprisingly affecting in places, and it will be a difficult thing to recreate.

Housebound does not currently have a UK release date but you can read our review of it from FrightFest here. Keep up with the latest horror news with the new issue of SciFiNow.