Hollywood to remake Filipino horror flick, 'Sigaw'

Nov 13, 2006
Richard Gutierrez-starrer follows the recent Hollywood remakes of Asian horror movies.
Regal Entertainment’s Sigaw (2004) remains to be one of the country’s most critically-acclaimed horror flicks. Directed by young filmmaker Yam Laranas, the film starred Richard Gutierrez, Angel Locsin, Jomari Yllana, and Iza Calzado.

Sigaw had also been exhibited in international film festivals with an English title of The Echo. It also won the best music award (for Jesse Lucas) in the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2005.

Two years after its first release, the film will now be remade in Hollywood with Yam Laranas still directing and The Echo as its official title. The rights of the film were acquired by Vertigo Entertainment from Lily Monteverde’s Regal Entertainment.

According to twitchfilm.net, “Yam Laranas will begin shooting The Echo this coming March [2007]. The film is a remake of Sigaw, the Filipino horror film that first drew Laranas international recognition and it looks as though they’re doing this up right. Not only is Laranas at the helm for the English language version of his own film but he has been heavily involved throughout the development process and the core story has been left intact. Laranas is simply a hugely gifted film maker-a genius when it comes to manipulating light, texture and tone-and this should be his well-deserved introduction to the English-speaking world ...”

The Hollywood Reporter also ran a story written by Boris Kit last November 7 about the Hollywood remake of Sigaw. Here is the complete report:

Vertigo Entertainment will produce The Echo, a remake of the acclaimed Filipino thriller Sigaw. Yam Laranas, who co-wrote and directed Sigaw, will direct the movie, being written by Eric Bernt.

The story revolves around a young ex-con who moves into an old apartment building, only to learn his neighbor is an abusive police officer who savagely beats his wife and daughter. When the ex-con tries to intervene, he becomes trapped in a curse.

Vertigo plans to move quickly with the film, eyeing a March 19 start date.

Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison will produce with Shintaro Shimosawa and Tyler Mitchell.

The rights were acquired from Regal Films of the Philippines.

The film is being fully financed by venture capitalist Robert Hoff through his new company RightOff Entertainment. Hoff, who fully finances the U.S. Olympic ski team, has been a general partner at Crosspoint Venture Partners since 1983, and was honored this year by the Los Angeles Venture Assn. with a Lifetime Achievement award. He serves as exec producer.

Bernt, repped by Endeavor, recently wrote The Hitcher remake for Rogue and Platinum Dunes. He also will serve as an exec producer.

Laranas is repped by ICM.

Vertigo, which is behind the remake franchises of The Ring and The Grudge film series, is basking in the glow of the success of Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. The company is in production on The Strangers for Universal, Sassy Girl for Gold Circle and Addicted for the Yari Film Group. Vertigo’s next release will be the Nicole Kidman starrer The Invasion.
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