The horror-thriller English-language remake Hide and Seek will be heading to cinemas and on VOD platforms on November 19th, it was just announced. With the announcement also came the official poster and trailer, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula, Vikings), Jacinda Barrett (Bloodline), Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Matrix), and Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage, the upcoming Cowboy Bebop reboot).
From writer-director Joel David Moore, who is perhaps best known for portraying Norm Spellman in the ongoing Avatar franchise, this remake of the 2013 South Korean hit – which not to be mistaken for the Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning film of the same name – is a social horror-thriller that will explore themes related to the widening wealth gap between the 1% and the lower class. “As population in urban areas balloon and real estate prices skyrocket, lower-income segments of society are finding themselves continually getting pushed out. This film explores the question of ‘what if’ when those left marginalised decide to take matters, and homes, into their own hands.”
Hide and Seek therefore follows a wealthy business man (Meyers) as he searches for his missing brother, an investigation that drags him through the city’s underbelly, a world of squatters and vagrants. Rather than a straight-up remake that just so happens to be in English, it seems Moore has made the effort to adapt the ideas of the South Korean original and cast its lens towards American society. As reported by Deadline, the director explained that “Hide and Seek is a sharp, sophisticated thriller that created a lasting imprint on me. I wanted to explore what could happen if we retold this story to an American audience, using the tools from the original story. We found a rich and complex world, relevant to our current race, class and power struggles we’re seeing here in America.”
Hide and Seek releases in theatres and on VOD November 19th, 2021. Check out the trailer below: