Deadline reports that “Almost 50 years after the release of Robin Hardy’s horror classic, Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s The Imaginarium and Studiocanal-backed Urban Myth Films are turning THE WICKER MAN into a TV series.”
Starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee, the original movie was released in 1973. Neil LaBute directed a remake in 2006, which starred Nicolas Cage.
The classic tale “follows Police Sergeant Neil Howle, who journeys by seaplane to the remote Hebridean Island of Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. The devout Christian is dismayed to find the Islanders paying homage to the pagan Celtic gods of their ancestors and all hell breaks loose, ending in tragedy.”
The planned television series adaptation, according to writer Howard Overman, will “explore the same themes of sacrifice, superstition and ritual that were at its core.”
The series will also reportedly take place in a “modern setting.”