So this is a concern… Let the Right One In is in development process for an adapted television series. After a bidding war that involved Showtime and A&E, the latter network has won the rights to develop a Let the Right One In TV series. The A&E series will join the network’s stable of other shows that also jump off from films: Bates Motel, based on Psycho, and The Returned, which is a remake of a French series that was, in turn, a remake of a French film. There aren’t many details on the Let the Right One In series, but we’ve got them below.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis and actor-writer Brandon Boyce (Teen Wolf actor; Apt Pupil and Wicker Park screenwriter) are adapting the pilot and series from the Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist that Lindqvist adapted for the 2008 film by director Tomas Alfredson.
Spoilers for Let the Right One In follow. The 2008 film left out some characters, plot points and character history, only alluding to some of the history of the seemingly young vampire Eli as she befriends an isolated boy named Oskar. In fact, one point the original film only engages in ambiguous fashion is that Eli wasn’t born female, but rather is a boy who was castrated by the nobleman who also turned the child into a vampire. With more room to go into character backstories, the TV series may well retain the novel’s original approach.
The US remake of the film, Let Me In, further changed some things in the story as it moved the setting to New Mexico. We don’t know how this TV version might go — the THR piece references Vermont, which suggests that the show will go with the snowy setting of the original novel and film, while keeping it in the US.
The US remake, which was one of the better remakes around, would be more suited to an adaptation than the original. There’s no casting info or potential air date for the Let the Right One In TV series at this point.
March 18, 2015 | Categories: NEWS: Television, Remakes | Tags: Art, Bates Motel, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Festival, Foreign, Franchise, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, John Arne Lindqvist, Legend, Let Me In, Remakes, Serial Killer, Suspense, Teen Wolf, Thriller, Vampires, Violence | Leave a comment
I don’t understand how this will work but Terminator, Rambo, and Basic Instinct exec producer Mario Kassar is assembling an English-language adaptation of Audition, the infamous 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami about a lonely widower who gets more than he bargains for when he puts out a fake casting call to find a new girlfriend. Audition was, of course, adapted in 1999 into a cringe-inducing cult film in its own right by Japanese helmer Takashi Miike. The new Kassar-produced version is based on the original Murakami novel and will transplant the story to an American setting.
In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray, Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.
Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition after filming wraps on his current project, thriller Sugar Mountain starring Jason Momoa. He also helmed and produced the Justin Long crime thriller The Lookalike, which Well Go USA is releasing this summer. DEADLINE.
June 28, 2014 | Categories: Remakes | Tags: Banned, Controversial, Cult, Festival, Foreign, Franchise, Gore, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Japanese, Legend, Nudity, Rambo, Remakes, Ryu Murakami, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, Takashi Miike, Terminator, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
The 1983 slasher flick Sleepaway Camp earned a spot in horror history with its infamous shocker of a twist ending, which I won’t spoil here. But like many an ’80s horror franchise, its staying power petered out with a string of subsequent sequels. Now ex–Fox/New Line exec Jeff Katz is trying to inject new blood into the Sleepaway Camp franchise by reviving the summertime screamer for a new generation. He’s optioned remake rights from the original movie’s trio of makers and rights holders: Writer/director-turned-lawyer Robert Hiltzik, producer Michele Tatosian, and actress Felissa Rose, who starred in the 1983 pic as Angela, the bullied teen protagonist whose summer turns into a bloodbath when a killer begins offing campers. Producing alongside Hiltzik, Tatosian, and Rose, Katz aims to reboot the Sleepaway Camp mythos in a modern setting with a new film series that echoes its legacy and the psychosexual elements that made the first pic such a memorable cult favorite. Meanwhile, Shout Factory used the Halloween holiday to announce that it will release the original flick to Blu-ray for the first time in the spring.
Although Sleepaway Camp is celebrated by horror fans, its legacy, sadly like most 80’s horror flicks, suffered from bad sequels. Hiltzik held on tight to remake rights for years after three more installations were churned out by other filmmakers, then came back to helm Return To Sleepaway Camp in 2003 as a direct sequel to his original film, ignoring the rogue sequels that came before. But he took 5 years to fine-tune VFX, and it wasn’t released until 2008 in a direct-to-video deal with Magnolia. A third Hiltzik-helmed Sleepaway Camp flick was announced but never materialized. With someone else taking a stab, the floundering franchise could get a much-needed refresh; a search for a writer will follow after the group takes the ready-made title out to studios.
November 1, 2013 | Categories: Remakes | Tags: Banned, Camp franchise, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Felissa Rose, Franchise, Gore, Horror, Icons, Independent, Michele Tatosian, Nudity, psychosexual, Remakes, Return To Sleepaway Camp, Robert Hiltzik, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Slasher Flick, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
Groan… A 3D ‘re-imagining’ of the classic Night Of The Living Dead is in the works. Simon West Productions, and the Graphic Film Company, in association with 2020 Entertainment and Indus Media and Entertainment, have set Bollywood actor R. Madhavan (his films include 3 IDIOTS, 13B, andTANU WEDS MANU) to star in Night Of The Living Dead: Origins 3D. It’s being directed by Zebediah De Soto and co-written by De Soto, Warren Davis II and David Reuben Schwartz. The film will also star Candyman‘s Tony Todd, Tom Sizemore, Danielle Harris, Sarah Habel, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Bill Mosley, and Joseph Pilato, a cast with plenty of B movie cred.
Apparently this one has a storyline different storyline than the George Romero 1968 B&W masterpiece. Here, a group of survivors fighting barricade themselves in an abandoned New York apartment building when the zombie plague breaks out (Really! That’s the ‘different storyline’, that’s a ‘different location’ is all…). It’s being shot in a CG setting using stereoscopic 3D, which, its makers suggest, becomes a hybrid of graphic novel and traditional animation.
Producer and CEO of 2020 Entertainment, Paresh Ghelani, says, “It’s great to help introduce American audiences to what the many fans of Bollywood films have known for years. Madhavan is a huge dynamic talent.”
Producer Simon West adds, “This movie represents a whole new way of visualizing the classic zombie genre. It has a fresh and exciting style that sets it apart from all other horror films seen up until now.”
August 16, 2013 | Categories: NEWS: Horror, Remakes | Tags: Bill Mosley, Controversial, Cult, Danielle Harris, Disturbing, Foreign, Franchise, George A. Romero, George Romero, Gore, Horror, Icons, Independent, Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, Post Apocalyptic, R. Madhavan, Remakes, Sarah Habel, Suspense, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Thriller, Tom Sizemore, Tony Todd, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
A remake of the Tobe Hooper-directed horror classic Poltergeist will be made by MGM and Fox 2000, with Gil Kenan (Monster House) directing a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). Rosemarie DeWitt has been cast in the Mum role. Jobeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson were the original parents whose ideal family life is uprooted by a cavalcade of spirits that culminates in the kidnap of their youngest daughter Carol Anne played by Heather O’Rourke. Given how well these paranormal films are faring against studio product lately, this one seemed ripe for remaking and it’s surprising that it hasn’t been remade before now. Sam Raimi and Nathan Kahane are producing.
July 24, 2013 | Categories: NEWS: Horror, Remakes | Tags: Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Ghosts, Gil Kenan, Horror, Paranormal, Paranormal Activity 6, Remakes, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Raimi, Spirits, Steven Spielberg, Suspense, The Conjuring, Tobe Hooper | 1 Comment