'Deadgirl' duo to update Danish thriller

Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel will write and direct

Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel are attached to write and direct a remake of the Danish thriller "Murk"/"Mørke" for Gold Circle Films.

Gold Circle president Paul Brooks will produce alongside Bridge Films president Matthew Riklin. Scott Niemeyer and Norm Waitt will executive produce.

Guy Danella and Brad Kessell will oversee the project for Gold Circle.

"Mørke," released in 2005, details a journalist's investigation into his sister's mysterious death on her wedding night and the whereabouts of her missing fiance. Anders Thomas Jensen co-wrote the original film with Jannik Johansen, who also directed.

Sarmiento and Harel, repped by the Gotham Group, plan to add a high-tech twist to the update.

The pair's debut film, "Deadgirl," premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival in September and will be released next year by Dark Sky Films. The low-budget horror film scripted by Trent Haaga, about two high school buddies who find a (kind of) dead girl in the basement of an abandoned mental hospital, polarized audiences with its disturbing story line.