‘The Night Of The Hunter’ Remake In The Works From ‘Operation Finale’ Writer

I’ll be honest, most of the classic films everybody loves I find to be vastly overrated. That is not the case with The Night of the Hunter. The 1955 film featured an absolutely killer performance by Robert Mitchum as corrupt preacher/serial killer Harry Powell, as he tries to charm a widow and her kids to learn the location of $10,000 in hidden cash. The movie was so dark it caused quite a controversy and was met with mixed reviews at the time. Messing around with classics is a tough deal, but Variety reports a remake is indeed in the works. T

Ex-Sony producer Amy Pascal is on board developing a Night of the Hunter remake, with a script by Operation Finale writer Matt Orton. This is expected to be a contemporary take on the story, which is based on the 1953 novel by Davis Grubb that drew inspiration from the real-life case of convicted murderer Harry Powers.

No director is in place yet, but more important than that is who will play Harry Powell. It’s going to take somebody who has a legit creep factor, but can also be pretty slick. Maybe a Tom Hardy or Josh Brolin would work?


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.