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Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, the directing duo behind this year's 'Underworld: Awakening' are setting their sights on their next cinematic undertaking. Heading back to their native Sweden, the two will be adapting the novel 'Collected Swedish Cults' from author Anders Fager. The novel is a collection of supernatural stories pitting good against evil that culminate into one larger story. Marlind will be charged with adapting the book into a screenplay and Stein will join him in the directing duties. The film is set to be released in late 2013, at least in Sweden.
Let me just start by saying that 'Underworld: Awakening' was my favorite of that franchise. If nothing else, it was the most I'd ever enjoyed a film in that series. I'm therefore automatically interested in Marlind and Bjorn's followup project. At this moment, you may be asking yourself, "why does this matter to me?" Unless you are one of our few Spillios who actually reside in Sweden, it may seem like this story bears little relevance to you. However, the thing to keep in mind here is that studios on this side of the pond, over the last few years, have gone absolutely crazy for Scandinavian genre stuff. Not only did David Fincher just remake 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' and the plan is to remake Stieg Larsson's entire Millennium trilogy, but also just two years ago, Matt Reeves transformed John Ajvide Lindqvist's 'Let the Right One In' into 'Let Me In' starring Chloe Moretz. In addition, it was announced not too long ago that we'd soon be getting a remake of Norwegian crime thriller 'Headhunters' courtesy of Summit, and last summer we heard whispers of an American version of Norway's found footage fantasy 'Trollhunter.' It is therefore a cinch that, should 'Collected Swedish Cults' be of any discernible quality, that we'll probably end up getting a remake. And even if we don't, a Swedish anthology horror film from the directors of 'Underworld: Awakening' sounds more than sufficient to whet the appetites of die-hard horrorphiles.
What do you guys think? Would you be interested in seeing this film? A remake of this film? Can anyone tell me what is going on in Scandinavia that they are churning out such phenomenal genre films?