Sightseers’ and ‘Kill List’ helmer Ben Wheatley has entered into talks to write and direct a remake of the classic thriller ‘The Wages Of Fear,’ reports Deadline.

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, the French-Italian original was an adaptation of a Georges Arnaud novel about a group of down on their luck and desperate men hired to transport a shipment of highly explosive nitroglycerin across the jungle.

‘The Exorcist’ helmer William Friedkin directed an American remake entitled ‘Sorcerer’ in 1977. Although now regarded as a cult film, the film was a commercial disappointment on its release.

Amy Jump, Wheatley’s wife and frequent collaborator, would co-write the new take on the novel, with David Lancaster (‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Drive’) attached to produce.

Wheatley’s latest offering, the J.G. Ballard adaptation ‘High Rise’ starring Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, and Sienna Miller, hits Irish cinemas March 2016.

  • filmbuff2011

    The Wages Of Fear is a classic and a genuinely nerve-wracking film that puts its characters and the audience through hell and back. It’s going to be hard to top it. But if anyone can do it, then Ben Wheatley can.