Update on Greg Nicotero’s remake of The Keep by F. Paul Wilson

BTS, Executive Producer Greg Nicotero - The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon _ Season 1 - Photo Credit: Emmanuel Guimier/AMC
BTS, Executive Producer Greg Nicotero - The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon _ Season 1 - Photo Credit: Emmanuel Guimier/AMC /

Almost a year ago, author F. Paul Wilson announced he struck a deal with Walking Dead director, executive producer, and SFX guru Greg Nicotero for a remake of The Keep. The original film was written and directed by Michael Mann and released in 1983. In an interview with Comicbook.com, Nicotero updates fans on the film’s progress.

Nicotero’s update is one that explains the delay in many productions; things have been put on hold due to the writer’s strike.  He is hopeful with the end of strikes, things can begin to move forward with the project.

"“Unfortunately, we got hit with the writers’ strike right around the time we were starting to pitch that. We have a really, really great take with a really great writer. We’re ready to go back out with that.”"

The Keep is a dark fantasy horror written by Wilson in 1981 and is volume one of a series of six novels known as The Adversary Cycle. The novel was a New York Times bestseller and was then adapted into the Mann film in 1983 and a limited comic series in 2005. Mayfair Games also created a board game based on the film and a role-playing game.

Wilson has been critical of the original film that tanked at the limited box office release but has since gained a cult following. Many of the film’s fans are due to the score composed by Tangerine Dream.

Greg Nicotero remake of The Keep

The story follows a group of Nazi troops during WWII who are stationed in a small castle in Romania. Each night, another member of their group is brutally murdered, their mutilated corpse is discovered the following day devoid of blood. An elite extermination squad is sent to investigate discovering something powerful and terrifying. They are then forced to consult a local historian, who just happens to be Jewish, to give insight into the supernatural occurrences.

Nicotero explains that The Keep is one of the first stories to show the Nazis receiving their comeuppance as they face a “force greater than them.”

This will be an exciting adaptation by Nicotero, a talented horror creator.

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