According to The Hollywood Reporter, it may be a good idea to henceforth take the stairs. The screenplay for a new horror film called Down, revolving around a character trapped in an evil elevator, has just been purchased. Down was picked up by Relativity Media ofThe Unborn, A Perfect Getaway, and Wolfman infamy. The writer is first-timer Greg Russo and the script is already garnering comparisons to both Buried and 1408. No word yet as to whether a director is attached, but you can read the full story from THR here.
My first reaction is that the scariest part of an elevator is usually the occupants with whom we are surrounded as we gamble our sanity to save two minutes. Seriously, I was once in an elevator with Russian gangsters and I will not pretend I wasn't petrified. Beyond that, I think it's going to be hard to make an elevator scary; especially when we will be focusing on one character for the entirety of the film. That being said, House of the Devildid a good job building suspense while focusing primarily on one character, but she had a whole creepy house to facilitate the heebies and the jeebies. I haven't seen it yet but I've heard great things about Buried so maybe there is potential to be mined there.
My second reaction is how closely this will resemble Dutch horror director Dick Maas' 1983 De lift or the subsequent 2001 remake The Shaft. The Shaft starred Naomi Watts and was alternately titled Down! Though not mentioned by THR, I'm wondering if this is a remake of a remake or if it just has a similar theme and the well for titling killer elevator films is dry. We shall see.