According to Deadline, Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is currently in talks with Sony to direct The Bringing, a supernatural horror film. The screenplay was a spec script written by Brandon and Philip Murphy, and is inspired by the disappearance of Elisa Lam, a sad and true story about a young Los Angeles woman who went missing and was seen acting very strangely by an elevator security camera at the Cecil Hotel. You may have seen the video floating around the web, and it is undeniably creepy. The truly awful part is that her body was later found in the hotel’s rooftop water tank. The script is said to focus on a cop who is investigating a similar death at the Cecil.
Rumor has it that Refn heard about the project and approached Sony about the directing gig. I’m a huge fan of Refn’s filmography, and Only God Forgives was so close to horror that a single push would have sent it over the edge into full-on exploitation. If Refn can bring his signature visuals and rhythms to more traditional supernatural horror, just think of how good it might be… and because it’s Nicolas Winding Refn, even if it’s not good, at least it’ll be interesting.
If anyone knows a dark god who is currently accepting animal sacrifices in return for cinematic favors, let me know. I hear Harvey Weinstein is busy, so he’s out, but I must find a way to get Refn to make this movie.