Is This What James Wan’s Spectre Is All About?

News from Cannes says that Nicole Kidman is attached to star in a new horror film from Insidious director James Wan. I wasn’t surprised to see this team-up announced as Wan is a professed fan of The Others. So far, however, this is the only information about the film to go public – who is in it, who is directing it.

According to data in the Baseline Studio System memory banks, however, this film is to be a remake of the Colombian thriller At the End of the Spectra. Fernley Phillips has written the English language screenplay. Previously, he was the author of The Number 23, so… er… crashing swiftly on. Let’s forget I ever mentioned it.

Now, the Baseline data is really very accurate, so I’m inclined to believe everything they report. On the other hand, Kidman has been involved with plans to remake this film for some years now, so when reports from Cannes say the actress is “in talks” to star in Wan’s film, something doesn’t quite add up.

Here’s the plot blurb for Espectra:

After a traumatic situation that makes Vega become an agoraphobic person, she decides to live like a hermit in an apartment because of her father’s recommendation. But some strange things start happening, she sees visions, and hears noises and voices. She starts to worry about the dark past of that apartment, and the bizarre obsession of her neighbor.

Now, just one last idea before I round out the post. There’s another film that could be remade and would fit Kidman well, and that’s Mateo Gil’s Spectre. Gil has regularly collaborated with Alejandro Amenebar, the director of Kidman’s The Others, and there’s a role in the film that seems tailor made for her. Here’s the plot blurb from that one from IMDB:

Alejandro is an elderly writer, and is driving back to the small costal village where he was born and raised. But the peaceful place of his memories has been turned into a vast tourist resort, full of brazen consumerism with no charm left at all.

Once there, Alejandro reminisces about a painful episode from his past. When he was a child he met a mysterious woman whom he has been trying to forget ever since. A woman of wild beauty, she was married to a sailor. However, there were rumours in the village that she was having a relationship with another man and so all her neighbours disowned her because of her supposedly adulterous behaviour. But Alejandro was totally and madly in love with her.

Back in the present day, and still wrapped up in his memories, Alejandro suddenly thinks he sees her appear just around the street corner. No. No. It cant be…It was someone else. But even though it seems like madness.. it is her it is the same woman with whom he fell in love. Time has stood still for her.

Perturbed, nervous, fearful and yet excited, Alejandro follows her but he will soon discover that she has been waiting for him

But that’s just me being curious. I’m inclined to think Baseline have it right.

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