Based on the 1968 Vincent Price movie of the same name, Witchfinder General is a historical horror film about real-life figure Matthew Hopkins, and the terrible, torturous deeds he performed in the name of “witch hunting” in the 1600s. "We’re huge fans of John’s work and thrilled that John and his company, Blank Films, have come on board," Preston shared. The outlet describes the film, "Set in 1645 Norfolk, England, it was a fictionalized study of real-life witch hunter Matthew Hopkins and the heinous crimes he committed during the English Civil War. Theaters Still Suffering, Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett To Star In Netflix’s ‘Spiderhead’, How Network Hosts Got Back To Studio, Emmy Scrutiny & Rising Stars, Rock-Solid Endorsement: Watch Dwayne Johnson With Biden & Harris. ‘Witchfinder General’ Remake Coming From John Hillcoat and Nicolas Winding Refn, ‘Maniac Cop’ TV Series From Nicolas Winding Refn Headed to HBO, ‘Too Old to Die Young’ Clip: Miles Teller Wants to Kill Some Bad People, ‘Too Old to Die Young’ Trailer: Nicolas Winding Refn Creates Neon-Noir For Amazon Prime Video, Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Too Old to Die Young’ Features 10 90-Minute Episodes. The film is based on the novel by Ronald Bassett. The film’s script is being handled by Jon Croker, who also wrote The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, and, uh…Paddington 2. Copyright © 2020 Penske Business Media, LLC. In the U.S., it played drive-ins and grindhouses and ultimately gained cult status. A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch … “It gives me enormous satisfaction to produce John’s vision and bring the retelling of this classic British film to a new audience,” added Refn. The effectiveness of iconic horror stories allows them to be reinvented over time, with each generation putting their own spin on classic tales. You will be redirected back to your article in, ‘Tenet’ Tops $283M Global With $242M From Overseas; China’s ‘Leap’ Jumps On $25M Bow – International Box Office, With ‘The Eight Hundred’ Now 2020’s No. The Vincent Price-starring 1968 classic Witchfinder General is next up on the remake chopping block, Deadline reports out of Cannes today, with John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless) on … All developed the project which is written by Jon Croker (Woman In Black 2). Out of all the exciting news currently coming out of the Cannes Film Festival, the news that John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless) will be directing the Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives) produced remake of Witchfinder General definitely ranks as some of the most exciting. Witchfinder General Getting Remake From John Hillcoat and Nicolas Winding Refn, Lovecraft Country Adds Time Travel and Alternate Realities to the Mix, Lovecraft Country Reveals the Dark Truth About Its Body-Changing Potion, The Walking Dead Universe Returns Tonight With Preview Special, Yuko Takeuchi, Star of Miss Sherlock and Ring, Dead at 40, M. Night Shyamalan Reveals Title, Poster for Next Film as Production Begins, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Revealed by Netflix, Fargo Showrunner Noah Hawley Reveals New Details About His Cancelled Alien Series, Scream 5 Filming Set Back After Crew Members Test Positive for COVID-19. In the United States, Witchfinder General was retitled The Conqueror Worm (titled onscreen as Matthew Hopkins: Conqueror Worm) by AIP to link it with their earlier series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations directed by Roger Corman and starring Price; because its narrative bears no relation to any of Poe's stories, American prints book-end the film with the titular poem being read through narration by Price. Privacy Policy / Cookie Policy. Logo Concept by: Illumination Ink. All Rights reserved. Directed by Michael Reeves. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn has set his sights on producing a remake of the Vincent Price-starring Witchfinder General, which Lawless director John Hillcoat is … With Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies, Hilary Heath. John Hillcoat (Lawless) has boarded the production as helmer while the filmmakers are out to cast with a start eyed later this year.

All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 Launch dates for broadcast, cable and streaming programs, Up-to-date lists for broadcast, cable and streaming series, Pandemic-proof vs. pandemic-contingent broadcast lineups, Signup for Breaking News Alerts & Newsletters, Get our latest storiesin the feed of your favorite networks. Torture and violence featured heavily in the original film, which stirred controversy, and the censors, in the UK." "It’s an incredibly powerful and iconic piece and is now a re-imagining of the original film rather than a straight remake. The idea of a world pushed to extremes where fear preys upon all, unleashing religious fanaticism, rival factions, tribalism, heretics, and witch hunts… feels strangely familiar in today’s world.”. “It’s an incredibly powerful and iconic piece and is now a re-imagining of the original film rather than a straight remake.

Affiliate links used when available. When Matthew Hopkins is appointed Witchfinder General by the Puritans under Cromwell, he is empowered to travel the countryside with his henchmen and collect a fee for each witch from whom he extracts a confession – a policy which is exploited to the full.”, “I am excited to work with fellow filmmaker Nic Refn, a maverick auteur and who, together with Rupert Preston, have been fully committed to independent cinema over the years,” Hillcoat said. It is set to excite and resonate with a worldwide audience.”.