Writer/director David Ondaatje is remaking The Lodger, the 1927 silent film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the novel of the same name by Marie Adelaide Lowndes, about a fictional version of the Jack The Ripper killings.
According to Production Weekly, Ondaatje's contemporary adaptation of The Lodger, will have two converging plotlines; the first centered around the relationship between a paranoid landlord and her tenant coinciding with a spate grisly neighborhood murders: and the second involving the personal and professional struggles of a troubled detective as he tries to catch the elusive killer.
Already highly stressed by tensions in his personal life, Detective Chandler Manners must now track a maniacal killer who is emulating the Jack the Ripper murders. Worse, Chandler is beginning to suspect that he might have sent the wrong man to the death house some seven years ago. Now, with the help of his new rookie partner, Street Wilkenson, Chandler is trying to track the culprit before he strikes again, but the case takes an even more bizarre turn when he himself ends up the prime suspect in the case.
Production is scheduled to begin early 2007 in Los Angeles.