If you’re unfamiliar with the freaky-as-shit true story of Elisa Lam’s mysterious death at the Cecil Hotel then let me clue you in real quick—On Feb. 21, 2013 the body of Elisa Lam was found dead in the water tanks on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. Her body was discovered in the tank weeks after she went missing, and only because the guests of the hotel were complaining about the taste and color of the water. It’s an incredibly creepy story that is even further cemented in mystery due to the fact that there is actual footage of Lam’s final moments before her death, and it’s totally nutso weird.
So what’s the big news? Deadline reports that Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn is circling the project known as The Bringing. Apparently, the story of Lam captured the imagination of Refn so much so that he actually sought this project out rather than being courted for it, which is usually the case for the director. And better yet, the site states that “he is a horror connoisseur who badly wants to make a terrifying film”. Bring it on, Refn! I may not love all of his films, but he’s got an undeniably masterful vision behind the camera that could make for a truly terrifying genre film.
Lam’s story has plenty of potential regardless of who’s behind the helm, but getting a director like Refn brings something special to it that will surely turn a lot of heads anytime The Bringing comes up in a conversation. Hopefully we’ll know more about this one soon!
Here’s the video of Lam incase you haven’t seen it yet—enjoy the nightmares!