US remake for These Final Hours
Zak Hilditch is attached to write, direct and executive produce a US TV remake of his Apocalyptic thriller These Final Hours.
The US TV division of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is developing the project as a series for the US cable market.
EuropaCorp had acquired the US TV rights to the movie produced by Liz Kearney and exec produced by Rob Connolly.
The remake is being developed with hopes of a straight-to-series order, according to Deadline.com.
The thriller starred Wolf Creek’s Nathan Phillips as a self-obsessed young guy who makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth but ends up saving the life of a girl (Angourie Rice) who’s searching for her father. Sarah Snook, Daniel Henshall, Jessica De Gouw and Kathryn Beck rounded out the cast.
Rice made her debut in Hilditch’s short film Transmission, the tale of a deadly pandemic and its impact on a father-daughter relationship, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Released by Roadshow, Hilditch's debut feature grossed $471,000. This month Well Go USA Entertainment launched the film in US cinemas and on demand.
The Los Angeles Times' reviewer Gary Goldstein praised the writer-director for crafting an "urgent yet strangely simple and humanistic doomsday scenario. If how some folks here choose to spend their last moments alive — getting lost in sex, drugs and booze or merely finishing a jigsaw puzzle — may not feel all that, well, earth-shattering, there's a raw authenticity to it all."
Film School Rejects' Rob Hunter sparked to a "dramatically thrilling addition to the pre-apocalypse genre — there’s a simplicity to some of it, a predictability too, but it’s as surefooted in its suspense and action beats as it is during its emotional ones, and it’s well worth adding to your list of movies to see before the end of the world."