Someone is thinking of making an Elisa Lam movie. Recently, Logan Bently left a link pointing to director Nick Cheung from mainland China adapting Elisa Lam’s murder into a movie. Apparently, the director already added part of it into his debut film: “Nick Cheung was also interested in making an adaptation of Elisa’s story in his debut directed film Hungry Ghost Ritual (盂蘭神功). He invited Cathryn Lee to portray Elisa Lam and reenact the strange happenings in the elevator.”
Here’s the Chinese Facebook page for HGR
According to the link, Nick Cheung was haunted by the Elisa Lam video: “At the time when I was talking to the scriptwriter about the story, Elisa Lam’s mysterious death happened around that time as well. I watched the strange elevator clips and my first reaction was its terrifying. I felt like a ghost took over my body. Coincidentally, in the film my character has a scene where a ghost went into my younger sister’s body, so I immediately added Elisa’s case into it… Until this day, nobody knows what the truth was. It really is worth to investigate, but just thinking about it scares me.”
I’m still not entirely sure if the link is saying the debut was in part an adaptation of the case, or that the director will make a whole new film based solely on the case. If so, will it be an attempt at retelling the Elisa Lam story? Will it add a horror element? Or will it take creative license as with the Castle episode influenced by Elisa Lam? Is it too soon? Would making it a horror movie make it exploitative? Will they investigate more about the case (which was ruled accidental)? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out but I’ll blog anything I find out.