Released in 1973, director Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and beloved folk horror films of all time. It’s had a sequel in the form of 2011’s The Wicker Tree and a remake from Neil Laute in 2006.
Now it seems a TV series is in the works, with Deadline reporting that Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s Imaginarium and Studiocanal-backed Urban Myth Films are in the “early stages of pitching” the project to potential broadcasters!
The script for the small-screen adaptation was penned by Howard Overman (War of the Worlds), who notes that the series will differ from the original film but “explore the same themes of sacrifice, superstition and ritual that were at its core.” Cavendish referred to the series as “bold, shocking and unique,” adding that it pulls the power and themes of Hardy’s film “into a thrilling modern setting.”
The original The Wicker Man starred Edward Woodward as Sergeant Howie, a police officer who travels to a remote Scottish island to investigate the disappearance of a small girl. But the locals are strangely uncooperative, and their Pagan rituals don’t sit right with the devoutly Christian Sergeant Howie. The inimitable Christopher Lee also starred.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)