Nicolas Cage’s Most Bizarre Movie Is Being Rebooted

The Wicker Man, which starred Nicolas Cage, is being rebooted into a new series.

By James Brizuela | Published

Nicolas Cage has been in some bizarre films lately, but back in 2006, he was involved in a reboot horror film called The Wicker Man, which is now being rebooted once again into a series. The Wicker Man was a reimagining of the British film of the same name that was released in 1973, which was also in turn inspired by the novel called Ritual by David Pinner. Though Cage was certainly a huge draw in the early 2000s, the 2006 version of the film was a disaster, after it was labeled “unintentionally funny.”

This new Wicker Man series is said to be another reimagining, that will have no connection to either the 1970s or Nicolas Cage-led movies. The whole series is being put together by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s The Imaginarium and Urban Myth Films production company. Howard Overman has written the new series, and it could be what people need to be reintroduced to this story and forget about how terrible the Cage-led feature was.

Howard Overman, who also worked on Misfits and War of the Worlds, has stated that this new Wicker Man series will explore the same themes of ritual, sacrifice, and superstition in a brand-new iteration that will be modernized. We would assume that Nicolas Cage will have nothing to do with this reboot, though it would be hilarious if he was asked to be the lead role.

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The Nicolas Cage-led feature followed police officer Edward Malus, who is contacted by his ex-wife who reveals that their daughter Rowan has gone missing. Edward then sets on a journey to find his daughter, which leads him to an island in the Pacific Northwest, where some odd Neo-pagans live. What transpires in the movie are some ridiculous one-liners that led people to believe the movie was not quite the serious reimagining that was hoped for.

The Wicker Man led by Nicolas Cage made a paltry $40 million against its $39 million budget, making it a massive box office bomb. Most of the critics were unanimous in their critique about the movie being far more hilarious than it had intended to be, which is something that Cage pushed back against. According to Cage, “Neil and I both knew how funny it was.”

Despite the intentional or unintentional humor, the Nicolas Cage-led version was something that failed miserably. However, it has been 16 years since that version was released, so we would assume that most people have not seen it or have forgotten all about it, leaving this new series to find its own success. Horror is certainly a popular genre right now, and this new Wicker Man series could bring a new and hugely horrifying take on this story.

For now, the new Wicker Man series is being shopped around to streaming services, and one has not yet chosen to produce it. We would imagine that it might take some time for production to get going and casting announcements to be made, but we would seriously love to see Nicolas Cage get another crack at this story. He was in Mandy and Willy’s Wonderland, which are both spectacular and bizarre in every way imaginable, so it would make sense for him to return for the Wicker Man series.