Production Weekly reports that David Ondaatje (Undressing Hitchcock, Waiting for Dr. MacGuffin, June 8) will remake the 1927 silent film The Lodger. The original was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a novel by Marie Adelaide Lowndes.
The Lodger follows a fictional version of the Jack the Ripper killings. In the storyline, a serial killer known as The Avenger is on the loose in London, murdering blonde women. Soon a mysterious man arrives at a rooming house, looking for a room to rent. The owner’s daughter is a blonde model and is seeing one of the detectives assigned to the Avenger case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be the killer.
Production on the remake is scheduled to begin sometime early next year in Los Angeles.