Australia’s Channel 10 To Remake WAKE IN FRIGHT

Why in the world would you do this?

Wake in Fright is one of the most terrifying movies I have ever seen. The story of a school teacher who gets marooned in a fictional Australian town and more or less loses his humanity to the power of beer, Wake makes me feel uneasy and nauseous just thinking about it. I also think it’s absolutely superb.

But the idea of remaking it baffles me. Nevertheless, that is what’s up. Australia’s Channel 10 will present a two-part adaptation of Kenneth Cook’s 1961 novel. The project doesn’t have any actors attached yet but will be directed by Kriv Stenders and written by Stephen M. Irwin.

It’s also unknown whether this will be a period piece, though I imagine the abandonment of civilization the story requires would be much harder to realistically achieve in 2016. I also wonder about making it so much longer for television. Taking it beyond two hours seems like a recipe for repetition in what is already by nature a tedious story.

But they’re going for it anyway. I have to admit, I’m very curious about how this ends up.