Nov 16, 2010

CBS Films moves in to "The Keep"

CBS Films has lined up new (haunted) digs in Eastern Europe for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev. The company has closed a deal for rights to Jennifer Egan’s spooky 2006 best-seller The Keep and is in final negotiations to acquire the adapted screenplay written by The Skeleton Key scribe Ehren Kruger. Described by one observer as The Ring meets Inception, Keep is a story within a story about two cousins with a shared secret who reunite to renovate a legendary haunted medieval castle that turns dreams and nightmares into reality. Kruger, Daniel Bobker and Matthew Stillman will produce. Production executive Maria Faillace will oversee for CBS Films. Kruger (The Ring, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) originally adapted the book for Stillman’s StillKing Films in 2006 after its publication by Knopf that August. Rogue Pictures, when it was a Focus Features division, then acquired the book-screenplay package in 2008, but the project stalled after Relativity bought Rogue from Universal in early 2009. CBS Films now plans to give it a shot. The Danish Oplev, who is repped by ICM and Curtis Brown Group in the U.K., also has co-written and directed the dramas Worlds Apart and We Shall Overcome. Dragon Tattoo, based on the Stieg Larsson novel, grossed more than $100 million overseas. ICM also reps Egan. CBS Films has Faster speeding into theaters next month, The Mechanic coming in January and Beastly set for March.