Peter Weir’s on The Way Back plays Witness to The Keep


Peter Weir, lovely bloke and terrific filmmaker (his legion of hits include “Gallipoli”, “Dead Poet’s Society” and “Witness”), is making moves on another project. According to Variety, the next, unhurried venture for Weir will be a supernatural thriller called “The Keep”, based on a book by Jennifer Egan.
Weir isn’t known for supernatural flicks, possibly not even thrillers – though some may argue that “Picnic at Hanging Rock” was rather spooky – so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the change of pace.
“The Keep”, according to the book sleeve, goes a little like this :

Award-winning author Jennifer Egan brilliantly conjures a world from which escape is impossible and where the keep –the tower, the last stand –is both everything worth protecting and the very thing that must be surrendered in order to survive.
Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe. In an environment of extreme paranoia, cut off from the outside world, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a prisoner, in jail for an unnamed crime, recounts an unforgettable story that seamlessly brings the crimes of the past and present into piercing relation.

Though post-production will be done in Weir’s native Australia, he’ll shoot the flick in Europe.