Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Robin Hardy revisits Summerisle with 'The Wicker Tree'

Somehow this bit of news has passed under my radar, but director Robin Hardy has completed a film that returns him to the creepy, pagan locale of Summerisle, as seen in his 1973 classic The Wicker Man. According to the film's Wikipedia page, The Wicker Tree "is neither a sequel nor a remake of" the earlier film, even though Christopher Lee is on board and may very well be stepping back into his Lord Summerisle dress. It's based on Hardy's own 2006 novel Cowboys for Christ.

Here's the brief synopsis from Wikipedia:

"Young Christians Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, leave Texas to preach door-to-door in Scotland . When, after initial abuse, they are welcomed with joy and elation to Tressock, the border fiefdom of Sir Lachlan Morrison, they assume their hosts simply want to hear more about Jesus. How innocent and wrong they are."

And here's the teaser trailer:

And here's a montage of scenes that won't be in The Wicker Tree:

The Wicker Tree is scheduled for a 2011 release.
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