British horror movie icon Christopher Lee has poured scorn on a planned remake of cult film The Wicker Man because he thinks setting the film in America is a joke.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS star played creepy LORD SUMMERISLE opposite Edward Woodward in the 1973 original, which was set on a Scottish island, and he thinks producers are making a big mistake bringing the storyline to America for a remake starring Nicolas Cage.

He says, "It (new film) sounds more and more strange. I'm not condemning it, I just don't see how it could possibly work.

"I mean, you might as well remake Citizen Kane."