Cannes: XYZ Producing English-Language Remake of Farsi Horror Film 'Under the Shadow'

Under the Shadow Still 1 - H 2016
Courtesy of Sundance Institute

First-timer Babak Anvari will exec produce the remake of his Sundance hit, with London-based Wigwam Films - which produced the original - back on board.

Under the Shadow, the Farsi-language horror thriller from first-time director Babak Anvari that became a breakthrough hit in Sundance, is to be remade in English.

XYZ Films is again on board to sell the feature internationally and will also produce alongside the London-based banner behind the original, Wigwam Films, with which the company acquired worldwide rights to several upcoming projects through a new partnership.

Anvari, who saw Netflix swoop in for SVOD rights on his debut, will exec produce the remake, which – according to Wigwam’s co-founder Lucan Toh – will move the setting from post-revolution 1980s Tehran to WWII London during the Blitz. Toh added that a director would soon be announced.

While he won’t helm the remake, Anvari is prepping his next feature as a director, which Toh calls a "Hitchcockian thriller."

Also on Wigwam’s slate is a film likely to attract the interest of several million (mainly male) video game fans. A new project based around the uber-popular Football Manager series of sports management simulations, which has been released annually since 1992 and began life as Championship Manager, is in the pipeline.