Not connected with the truly awful remake from a couple of years ago, it turns out that octogenarian Robin Hardy, who was responsible for the original brilliant Christopher Lee version of The Wicker Man from 1973, is in the midst of making a sequel, called The Wicker Tree, and has plans for a third in the “pagan trilogy” called Twilight of the Gods (set in Iceland). A synopsis of the plot:
Young Christians Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, leave Texas to preach door-to-door in Scotland . When, after initial abuse, they are welcomed with joy and elation to Tressock, the border fiefdom of Sir Lachlan Morrison, they assume their hosts simply want to hear more about Jesus. How innocent and wrong they are.
I am a huge fan of the original film for a variety of reasons, and this article gives me all sorts of reasons to smile and hope that the new film(s) will live up to the original. The true original.