Colombia Pictures hires Hard Candy writer Brian Nelson to adapt Dutch film Taped

Brian Nelson's Hard Candy, released in 2005, was the breakout film for Inception and Juno star Ellen PageBrian Nelson's Hard Candy, released in 2005, was the breakout film for Inception and Juno star Ellen Page

Brian Nelson's Hard Candy, released in 2005, was the breakout film for Inception and Juno star Ellen Page

Columbia Pictures has hired Hard Candy writer Brian Nelson to pen a remake of the Dutch thriller Taped for producers Red Wagon.

The story follows a couple that videotapes a  murder by a bad cop while they are on holiday in Argentina. They become embroiled in the drama and end up fighting for their lives in order to escape.

The studio acquired the rights to the film shortly after it opened in Holland this February, according to The Wrap. Producers Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick of Red Wagon – the team behind John Hillcoat’s forthcoming film Lawless – are to produce the remake.

The original film was directed by Diederik van Rooijen and starred Barry Atsmer and Susan Visser, while the producers of the original – NL Films – are to be given executive producers executive producer credits.

A graduate of Yale University, Nelson’s collaboration with director David Slade on the controversial Hard Candy – in which Ellen Page’s teenage girl who raids the home of a man that she believes to be a pedophile with the intent of exposing him –  and the stylised vampire film 30 Days of Night led the former the opportunity to direct The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Nelson has also collaborated with M.Night Shyamalan on Devil.

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