Sunday, June 12, 2011

Belgian of the week: Erik Van Looy

Erik Van Looy. Photo:
Erik Ludovicus Maria Van Looy (b. 1962 in Deurne near Antwerp) is a Flemish film director and television presenter. He is now in Hollywood, directing a remake of his 2008 hit thriller Loft.

Van Looy studied film at the Erasmushogeschool in Brussels. He made several short films before directing his first feature, Ad Fundum, in 1993.

His major breakthrough as a director came in 2003 with the thriller The Memory of a Killer (Dutch: De Zaak Alzheimer)The film was based on a novel by Jef Geeraerts. It stars the indomitable Jan Decleir as a hitman who begins to grow a conscience just as his memory starts to fade. International trailer below.

Van Looy has also hosted the popular Flemish quiz show De Slimste Mens Ter Wereld between 2004 and 2011. I've always thought that you can learn a lot about someone from the way they laugh, so here's a compilation of Van Looy laughing on the show.

As previously mentioned in the blog, there is a Hollywood remake of Loft in the works. It will not be the first remake of the film, since the Dutch already did one in 2010. However, this time Van Looy himself is directing. This time it will be done right.

Loft is the story of five married men who share ownership of a loft which they use to discreetly meet with their respective mistresses. When the mutilated corpse of a young woman shows up in the loft, the men begin to suspect each other.

The following people will star in the film: Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), James Marsden (X-Men), Rachael Taylor (Transformers), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), and Matthias Schoenaerts, who played the same character in the original Loft. The film is planned for a 2013 release.

I'll wrap this up with the (Dutch-language only) trailer for the original Loft from 2008.


  1. Amazing post!!

    Reminds me we have to watch Ad Fundum sometime :)

  2. Yes, by all means! Did you see it already?