You guys have been talking a lot on social media about horror remakes, and they’re certainly a divisive topic in the horror industry. Do remakes serve a purpose in introducing a new generation of horror fans to the genre? Or are they watered-down versions of the original film made for easy profit?
Certainly not all remakes are terrible. The remake of The Fly, while I have a lot of affection for the Vincent Price original, remains one of the greatest body horror films in history. Indeed, many of the horror films we now regard as classics are also remakes, including John Carpenter’s The Thing and the 1988 edition of The Blob. We present to you, 15 horror movies which have remakes in various stages of development. Let us know which you’re looking forward to, and which should never have been greenlit!
This one’s been in development for a while, and it one point had a release date in 2008 which never came to light. But Clive Barker is still apparently keen to push ahead, after shutting down Bob Weinstein’s original plans to turn the franchise into a PG-13, teen-friendly horror. Barker claims to have recently finished a second draft of the Hellraiser screenplay, and describes the movie as a “very loose reboot” that will include the further adventures of “toymaker” Philip Lemarchand
2. I Know What You Did Last Summer
Did you know that the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise is actually based on a book of the same name written in the 70s? Well, there are plan to adapt the book…again, On September 14, 2014 Sony reported that they have plans to remake the movie with Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard currently writing a script. Sony also states that the movie is a high priority and is set for a 2016 release.
3. I Saw The Devil
Director Adam Wingard and writing partner Simon Barrett, who have brought us You’re Next and A Horrible Way to Die, have signed on to an American remake of the wonderful Korean thriller I Saw the Devil. The original “I Saw the Devil” is a classic revenge tale about an elite special agent whose pregnant fiancé is murdered by an evil madman, prompting him to lure the killer into an increasingly violent and twisted game of cat-and-mouse.
4. I Walked With A Zombie
While we haven’t heard much news about this one recently, apparently the script is complete and several names have been linked to the project. The film is being retitled for the remake, from I Walked With a Zombie, to The Plantation. I know which one I prefer. The film has already been remade as The Ritual, but the latest remake was part of a deal with Twisted Pictures to remake several RKO movies from the 30s, 40s and 50s.
A few weeks ago it was revealed that the latest adaption of Stephen King’s IT had hit a major breaker when it’s director Cary Fukunaga left the project. Despite being shifted from Warner to New Line, the project is supposedly back with Warner and undergoing some major revisions. There may even be two new films coming from the IT franchise – one focusing on the central characters as children and the other on their adult lives.
6. Jacob’s Ladder
Jake Wade Wall and Jeff Buhler have been working on the script for the new film, which will keep the themes of the original but set them against a contemporary backdrop. Apparently the producers are looking to make something more akin to an homage and not mimic the original. The plan is to contemporize the story with new situations and characters but still maintain a story that examines issues and poses existential questions. There hasn’t been much word about this one in a while either, but it does have some big names in horror behind it.
7. The Mummy
In the spring of 2012, a “dark, scary” reboot of The Mummy was announced, with a script penned by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour). In September of that year, Len Wiseman (Underworld) signed on to direct but later dropped out. Alex Kurtzman is not set to direct the film, scheduled for release next year. It’s been revealed that The Mummy reboot will serve as a reboot for the entire Universal Monster franchise, placing all of these classic characters in one universe, so we can expect to see more classic Universal monsters getting the remake treatment in the next few years.
8. Pet Sematary
Rumors of George Clooney starring in another adaptation of the Stephen King novel (following the 1989 film) were circulating back in 2009. In March 2010,Matthew Greenberg was hired to re-write the script, but it wasn’t until 2013 that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was tabbed to direct. Many fans feel that the 1989 version did not do the source material justice, and are keen to see what a remake might offer.
9. An American Werewolf in London
Updates on the An American Werewolf in London remake have been somewhat sporadic. Fernley Phillips was signed to write the script back in 2010. Producer brothers Sean and Bryan Furst have also been attached to the production. Apparently the remake will be a “modern twist” on the original, though not much more has been revealed.
10. The Orphanage
Despite only being released in 2007, The Orphanage is also up for reboot. In 2007, New Line Cinema bought the rights to produce an English-language remake with Guillermo del Toro as producer.Guillermo del Toro has stated that the remake would reflect his original vision for the film, and that it had been planned even when the first version was in production. Actress Amy Adams has been linked to the project.
11. The Blob
The Blob was first released in 1958, then rebooted in the eighties. The first remake is highly regarded among horror fans, and The Blob remake sees a small town threatened by an alien life form uncovered deep within the ground. Samuel L. Jackson is the first actor to be linked to the project, with Jack Harris, the 96-year-old producer of the original 1958 film set to join producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten. Shooting is expected to start later in the year.
12. The Birds
While we all feared for the possibility of exploding birds when Michael Bay was attached to this remake, apparently he will not be stepping into the directors role himself. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company is behind the film, which they recently assured horror fans was ‘still active’. Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen is the man chosen to take on directing duties. It’ll mark his English language feature debut, having enjoyed success in Holland with films such as Taped. Bay is however linked the project as a producer.
13. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
The campy Vincent Price original is being remade as Forever Phibes. There were a number of proposed additions to the story of the murderious doctor through the years, including Dr. Phibes in the Holy Land and The Son of Phibes. William Goldstein has stood by the character, writing a number of books and maintaining a Facebook page for many years before Forever Phibes was confirmed. For some time, Johnny Depp was attached to the project in the lead role, but it has now been confirmed that Malcolm McDowell will fill the role of Dr. Phibes.
Wes Craven’s 1989 flick Shocker focused on a murderous TV repairman, Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi), who was killing people in a small town originally in human form and then eventually via supernaturally charged electricity. Peter Berg, who starred in the original has stated his interest in producing a remake of the film. Wes Craven has also said that technical limitations the first time around would make this one perfect for rebooting.
It was announced through MTV in 2008 that a remake of Suspiria was in production, to be directed by David Gordon Green, who directed films such as Undertow and Pineapple Express. The project has been plauged by issues, including those with the rights to the movie. However, Green recently revealed he had been in talks with an unnamed Italian director about the project.
Are you looking forward to any of these remakes. Or which ones make you facepalm and say “nope”?