Matt Orton to Write 'Night of the Hunter' Remake at Universal

Orton previously wrote “Operation Finale,” starring Oscar Isaac and Sir Ben Kingsley for MGM

Matt Orton (“Operation Finale”) has been tapped to adapt the screenplay for Universal Pictures’ “The Night of the Hunter,” based on the novel by Davis Grubb.

Orton previously wrote “Operation Finale,” starring Oscar Isaac and Sir Ben Kingsley, which MGM released to excellent reviews and a strong performance at the box office in 2018. Since then, Orton has written “Battle of Britain,” which Ridley Scott will direct, and is currently writing the live-action family-adventure movie, “Knights,” for Disney.

Peter Gethers will produce alongside Amy Pascal (“Little Women”), who will produce through her Universal-based Pascal Pictures. Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production Jay Polidoro will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

Variety first reported the news.

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