Robert Pattinson to remake cult film "Possession" ─ Young hope of "Smile" to direct

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Robert Pattinson, star of "TENET" (2020) and "THE BATMAN" (2022), is planning to remake the 1981 horror film "Possession". The Hollywood Reporter and other media outlets have reported on this.

The original version, directed by Polish director Andrzej Zulawski, is a joint French-West German film. It shocked the world when it was screened in the competition section of the Cannes Film Festival, and is still highly regarded today as a cult film. Marc (Sam Neill), who has returned from a business trip, finds out that his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani) has been cheating on him while he was away, and tries to find out the truth. A story of love and madness in which a detective visits Anna's apartment after she runs away from home and witnesses a strange creature wriggling in the bathroom.

Parker Finn, who is the director, screenwriter, and producer of this remake project, is a smash hit with his first directorial work, Smile (2022), which, despite its low budget, made a good start, ranking first at the box office in its opening weekend. The sequel, Smile 2, is also in the works, and he is currently attracting attention as a young up-and-coming actor. A24, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. are competing for distribution rights, and other production companies may also be involved in the future. Paddington is currently involved as a producer, and his involvement as an actor will depend on future scripts and schedules. He will also be involved in production with his own production company, Icki Eneo Arlo.

Pattinson's US release date for The Batman 2, the sequel to The Batman, has been postponed from October 3, 2025, to October 2, 2026, due to the Hollywood double strike. Meanwhile, director Bong Joon-ho has praised his performance in Mickey 17, scheduled for release in the US on January 31, 2025, saying, "I went crazy when I looked into his eyes," and he continues to receive enthusiastic support from filmmakers. Pattinson is very good at absurdist dramas, such as David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars (2014), co-starring with Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse (2019), and the Netflix production The Devil All the Time (2020) with a star-studded cast. Let's look forward to the progress of the project to see what kind of madness will emerge from his collaboration with Finn.