Magazine article Screen International

Alice Creed Gets Dutch Remake

Magazine article Screen International

Alice Creed Gets Dutch Remake

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Kidnap thriller The Disappearance Of Alice Creed remade for Dutch audiences.

Producer Frans van Gestel is at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) drumming up international interest in Joram Lürsen's new thriller Reckless (Bloedlink), a Dutch remake of British kidnap thriller The Disappearance Of Alice Creed.

The film, produced by Oscar-nominated Dutch outfit Topkapi Films, is directly based on J Blakeson's 2009 thriller, which starred Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston

Speaking to ScreenDaily in Rotterdam, van Gestel said that the new film, now in post-production, is aimed primarily at a Dutch audience.

"Obviously, if you make a remake of a British film, it is not meant to travel around the world. It is meant to work really strongly in the domestic market."

Van Gestel together with screenwriter Frank Ketelaar was looking for genre stories that could be made for a modest budget of around [euro]1m.

At first, they wanted to "make something like Alice Creed". Then, after more reflection, they decided to take their own stab at the 2009 film, a kidnap thriller full of plot twists and reversals that featured just three characters.

Topkapi negotiated the remake rights in Cannes. "[The producers] had some interest from the US for a remake...I think they were surprised [the remake] was from the Netherlands."

Van Gestel said that the new film sticks close to the original.

"In the British version, you have an older guy and a younger guy. In our version, the guy is more of less the same age," the producer noted. …

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