If you're anything like us, hearing that director Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) was directing The Keep made you scratch your heads. Wasn't The Keep the long unavailable box office bomb from director Michael Mann, about Sir Ian McKellan striking a bargain with elder gods to defeat the Nazis in World War II? Well, yes, yes it was, but that was novelist F. Paul Wilson's The Keep. This is Jennifer Egan's The Keep, which sounds like a decidedly more straightforward spook story about a haunted castle in Eastern Europe.
Variety reports that Weir is both directing and writing the screen adaptation of Jennifer Egan's novel, in which two American cousins move to a castle with plans to turn it into a resort, but then fall prey to ghostly apparitions that force them to reenact their childhood traumas. The film would be Peter Weir's first film since The Way Back, which might hold the distinction of being Weir's only less-than-stellar picture. The Keep would also qualify as Weir's first horror movie, of any stripe, since the mid-1970s, when he directed The Cars That Eat People and Picnic at Hanging Rock.
The Way Back aside, Weir is a master storyteller who has proved himself in multiple, disparate genres, and we trust him to turn what sounds like a most conventional horror tale into something that could be very special indeed.
CraveOnline will be back with more The Keep news after we do a barbaric yop.