Monday, 29 December 2008

News: Dimension planning Martyrs remake

AICN have a cool interview with Pascal Laugier in which he tells us the following:
"Yeah, it's a scoop. You're the first one I [tell]. Yeah, right now we are negotiating the rights to eventually remake MARTYRS in America."
Surprise, surprise. Martyrs, for me, is a film that most definitely has a great big DO NOT REMAKE stamp all over it. Bah, humbug!

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

News: Dunes off Rosemary's Baby remake

BloodyDisgusting reports today that Platinum Dunes is officially OUT of Paramount Pictures' proposed remake of Rosemary's Baby (Brad Fuller's a very chatty guy lately, no?).

First Near Dark, now Rosemary's Baby - are Platinum Dunes actually developing a sense of 'artistic' integrity, or have they realised that the big bucks lie with their franchises?

It'll be interesting to see if Paramount continue with the project, and if so, how they go about it. Platinum Dunes are clearly a big name when it comes to big horror remakes, so will Paramount be less inclined to move forward without them? Time will tell.

Another thing I'm pondering - does this backing out of projects by Dunes mean they're becoming more inclined to working on original projects? Because that would be a welcome change.

Friday, 19 December 2008

News: Zombie to direct H2

A bit late on the uptake with this one (damn you, flu!), but this week it was announced, and very quickly followed by a 'poster', that Rob Zombie will be directing a sequel to his Halloween. According to Variety, production's due to start in March. I wonder if they're after a Halloween '09 release?

If this is a success, I wonder if Dimension and Zombie will go for a full-blown new franchise? It's unclear right now if 'H2' (what a horrible title) will directly remake Halloween 2, but it will pick up from the end of Halloween, just like the original.

No cast is confirmed as returning, even though BloodyDisgusting seems to be speculating that most of the main cast will be returning (are they just making up extra news?), which seems to imply we'll have more flashbacks into Michael's past if the likes of Sheri Moon are returning.

I didn't really enjoy the Halloween remake. At all. I'll be intruiged if the sequel will build upon the bits I didn't like in the 'original' (namely the backstory, to be honest), or if it'll surprise and be an improvement.

What did you think of the Halloween remake? Or is it a reimagining?

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Horror Remakes, 1998-present

Films listed in square brackets are sequels to remakes.

1998

Psycho (Gus van Sant)

1999

The Haunting (Jan de Bont)
House on Haunted Hill (William Malone)

2000

2001

Thir13een Ghosts (Steve Beck)

2002

The Ring (Gore Verbinski)

2003

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Marcus Nispel)
Willard (Glen Morgan)

2004

Dawn of the Dead (Zack Snyder)
The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu)
Toolbox Murders (Tobe Hooper)

2005

2001 Maniacs (Tim Sullivan)
The Amityville Horror (Andrew Douglas)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (David Lee Fisher)
Dark Water (Walter Salles)
The Fog (Rupert Wainwright)
House of Wax (Jaume Collet-Serra)
[The Ring 2 (Hideo Nakata)]

2006

Black Christmas (Glen Morgan)
[The Grudge 2 (Takashi Shimizu)]
The Hills Have Eyes (Alexandre Aja)
The Omen (John Moore)
Pulse (Jim Sonzero)
[The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Jonathan Liebesman)]
The Wicker Man (Neil LaBute)
When a Stranger Calls (Simon West)

2007

Halloween (Rob Zombie)
[The Hills Have Eyes 2 (Martin Weisz)]
The Hitcher (Dave Meyers)
[Return to House on Haunted Hill (Victor Garcia)]

2008

April Fools’ Day (Mitchell Altieri, Phil Flores)
[Day of the Dead (Steve Miner)]
The Eye (David Moreau, Xavier Palud)
One Missed Call (Eric Valette)
Prom Night (Nelson McCormick)
[Pulse 2: Afterlife (Joel Soisson)]
Quarantine (John E. Dowdle, Drew Dowdle)
Shutter (Masayuki Ochiai)

2009

Friday the 13th (Marcus Nispel)
[The Grudge 3 (Toby Wilkins)]
My Bloody Valentine (Patrick Lussier)
Sorority Row (Stewart Hendler)
The Uninvited (Charles Guard)
The Wolfman (Joe Johnston)

Forthcoming:

The Birds (Martin Campbell)
The Crazies (Breck Eisner)
The Last House on the Left (Dennis Iliadis)
Piranha (Marcus Nispel)
The Stepfather (Nelson McCormick)

Forthcoming (rumored):

Creature from the Black Lagoon (Breck Eisner)
The Fly (Todd Lincoln)
Poltergeist (Vadim Perelman)
Hellraiser (Pascal Laugier)
Child’s Play
The Evil Dead
Nightmare on Elm’s Street
Suspiria

If I've left any off this list or if you don't agree with any I've listed, drop me a comment and I'll amend or argue accordingly!

Friday, 12 December 2008

News: Elm Street on, Near Dark off.

No big surprise but it's not official that Platinum Dunes' next project will be the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street. Producer Brad Fuller has confirmed that they'll be looking for someone new to play Freddy, but hope that Robert Englund will make an appearance somewhere.

On the flip side to this, Platinum Dunes have also announced that their remake of Near Dark is no longer going to happen (at least not any time soon). According to Fuller this is because of the phenomenal success of Twilight, which features a similar, albeit much lighter and tween-friendly, plot.

This reasoning seems a little bizarre to me. Surely if the remake was touted as the 'adults only Twilight', it could draw in a teen crowd sneaking in off the back of Twilight's success? I suppose they can't rely on Near Dark to have the same name appeal as Leatherface, Jason or Freddy, and aren't willing to risk it just yet.

Not that I'm complaining, mind!

Friday, 5 December 2008

Trailer: Friday the 13th

The full trailer for Platinum Dunes' Friday the 13th remake has premiered, and can be seen HERE, over at BloodyDisgusting.com.

Now, I've not seen Friday the 13th. The big slasher franchises are something I need to get into still...Halloween is pretty much the only one I've seen. BD kindly posted the trailer to the original Friday the 13th, and from that I'd say the new trailer goes for the same feel only bigger and better, so to speak.

I think the trailer looks pretty good, aside from the title informing us that the film is 'Produced by Michael Bay'. How does that name sell a movie to people? Baffling. It does seem that Marcus Nispel is doing to this what he did to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - making it glossier and gorier.

So, if you know and/or love the original, what do you think of the trailer for the remake? And tell me - should I rush out and watch the original?

In other remake news: Universal might be remaking Creature from the Black Lagoon...I suppose it'll depend on how popular The Wolfman turns out!