Peter Weir to helm 'The Keep' haunted castle movie

According to Variety, Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show) will direct the film adaptation of Jennifer Egan's 2006 book "set in a mysterious medieval castle somewhere in Central Europe."

Set to shoot next spring, the film is Weir's first since 2010's The Way Back and will have a relatively modest budget of $30 million through Paris-based SBS Productions. Says Variety, The Keep "turns on two estranged American cousins who reunite to set up an alternative resort, stirring childhood traumas and phobias in a haunted castle."

The Australian-born Weir is one of those directors who doesn't work very often, but when he does, the result is always a memorable character study of unique individuals. So the thought of him applying those talents to a spooky movie is promising indeed.