Gay Icelandic Horror Movie, 'Rift,' to Be Remade by Orion (Exclusive)

Rokkur Rift Still - Screengrab - H 2018
Erlingur Thoroddsen, director of the original, will pen the script.

Orion Pictures has picked up the remake rights to Rokkur (Rift), a gay-themed psychological horror movie hailing from Iceland.

The company has also set Erlingur Thoroddsen, the rising genre auteur who wrote and directed the 2017 movie, to pen the English-language screenplay.

The movie follows two men whose broken relationship is tested as they are haunted by a supernatural entity awakened by their grief.

Rokkur generated buzz for breaking new ground as a socially conscious genre movie, drawing praise for its depiction of an LGBTQ story, something not seen often in genre movies. It earned Outfest’s Artistic Vision Award, CinEuphoria’s Top 10 of the Year Audience Award and has a 100 percent fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.

J. Todd Harris and Marc Marcum will produce on behalf of Branded Pictures Entertainment.

Dan Kagan will oversee the project on behalf of Orion.

Thoroddsen previously wrote and directed the Icelandic horror movie Child Eater. He is repped by Verve, BMK-ENT and attorney David Fox.