No official plot yet, but the original revolved around a woman and her childhood friend, who seek revenge on those that victimized and abused them.
Temple Hill Entertainment
Mark L. Smith
- Daniel Stamm once was attached to direct, but had to drop out due to budgetery reasons. He had a recent interview where he describes bits of the script and process where he had to leave the project, saying: "What happened was the French had done these 30 pages of just mind-numbing, repetitive violence, which is genius because it makes you feel the actual horror of that stuff, but there is no entertainment value. And so the Americans come in and go, 'We have to spice this up and make it more entertaining,' so suddenly it's 30 pages of Saw that just didn't work. The American remake keeps both girls alive, whereas the French version kills one of the girls very early. If you keep both of them alive this gives you a really great chance to have this psychological play between them and the torturers. Everything was going great creatively, and then the call comes in. 'The option ran out a week ago and the French producers now want so much money that we can't make the movie.'" Adding..."I think they're now back to making the movie for like $1 million, really low budget, which I think you could almost do, it's just there's this philosophy in Hollywood that you can never go back budget-wise. As a filmmaker you are judged by that. And then there's also this concept I was unaware of called plateauing, where if you're a filmmaker who makes two movies in the same budget bracket, that becomes your thing. You are the guy for the $3 million movie, and then that's all you do. And so my agents wouldn't let me do the $1 million movie, because then that's it for you, you'll supposedly never get that bigger budget." (4/9/14)
- Daniel Stamm once described the script as "spellbinding" and "a beautiful character study of how far you'll go for an insane friend" and "one of the best scripts I've read, probably ever."
- Daniel Stamm had this to say about what fans can expect from the remake: "Martyrs is very nihilistic. The American approach [that I'm looking at] would go through all that darkness but then give a glimmer of hope. You don't have to shoot yourself when it's over."
- Director Daniel Stamm also helmed The Last Exorcism.
- Producer Wyck Godfrey has been quoted saying the following towards the story of the original.. "the core elements of it are fascinating. I love the cult and what it's about, and I'm also obsessed with the nature of childhood friends -- growing up when one doesn't believe the other one and the corruption between that. I'm excited."
- Producer Wyck Godfrey (Twilight films) has expressed interest in having Twilight star Kristen Stewart as one of the lead females.
- Despite being quoted as "not remake-able in its form for an American audience" this project is still being developed for an American audience, with an intended American cast.
- Scripted by Mark L. Smith (Vacancy, Vacancy 2: The First Cut, The Hole).
- The obvious remake of Pascal Laugier's 2008 French film with the same name.
A UHM staff member has not reviewed this film.