Between launching hit shows like “The Vampire Diaries” and writing three (!) eagerly anticipated scripts for the upcoming “Scream” sequels, you’d think Kevin Williamson would be a pretty busy dude. You’d think he wouldn’t have time to focus his abundance of creative energy anywhere else. Well, think again.
“The other thing that’s exciting that’s coming up is I’m doing a remake of ‘The Bedroom Window,” the “Dawson’s Creek” mastermind explained when we caught up with recently. “It was Curtis Hanson’s first film. With Steve Guttenberg and Elizabeth McGovern. Go look it up. Put it on your TiVo; it’s fun.”
Released in 1987, “Bedroom” was a modest hit based on the novel “The Witnesses” by Anne Holden. Similar in theme to the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Rear Window” (or for anyone under the age of 20 reading this, “Disturbia”), it was a modest hit that helped launch Hanson into a career that would yield such classics as “L.A. Confidential” and “8 Mile.”
“I’ve got a great plan for it; I’m really excited,” Williamson said when asked why he wants to remake that particular film. “It’s based on the book ‘The Witnesses,’ and I’m going to balance out the book; I’m going to pull more from the book [than Hanson did]. I’m doing it in between Scream 4 and 5.”
“Basically, a guy is having an affair with his boss’s wife,” he said of the plot. “They’re finishing up after a night of sex, and she goes towards the window to smoke a cigarette, and she sees a murder outside her window. She sees the killer, and they call the police, but she can’t be there because she’s the boss’s wife. So she tells all of her information to [the man she’s sleeping with], and he becomes the witness.”
“But he never saw the guy out the window, he was in the bathroom,” Williamson said of the film’s hook. “And so, he’s suddenly now the sole witness for this guy who’s a serial killer charged with killing all these women all over town. Of course, he gets caught in the lie, and so the serial killer comes after him.”
“It’s a cat-and-mouse kind of movie, very Hitchcock-y,” Williamson said of the film he intends to write and direct. “It’s a twist on ‘Rear Window,’ which I love about it, and it’s just a really great opportunity to do a cat-and-mouse game between a killer and a man, with a couple of women in between them.”
Williamson added that he’s hard at work on plans for the film whenever he has a spare moment, and that he hopes to start looking at casting sometime in the near future.
Have you seen ‘The Bedroom Window’? Do you think it’d make a good candidate for a remake?