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Horror Movie Remakes Round-Up

Updated April 8, 2014


'Godzilla' teaser movie poster.
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At any given time, there are no less than two dozen horror movie remakes in various stages of development, and if you think the remake train ends here, you haven't been watching too many Hollywood movies lately. But as for now, here's a rundown of what you can expect over the next couple of years.

American Psycho: In December 2011, Lionsgate announced that it was developing a remake of the cult fave serial killer movie. Noble Jones, was been tapped to write and make his feature film directorial debut on a "micro-budget" remake of American Psycho. There has been little movement since then, and word in September 2013 of am American Psycho TV show may put the movie in jeopardy.

An American Werewolf in London: In June 2009, it was announced that Dimension Films was developing a remake of the classic 1981 werewolf tale, although at the time, no writers, director or stars had been decided.

Angel Heart: In September 2008, the remake rights to the supernatural noir mystery were acquired by producers Michael De Luca, Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta, but no further progress has been reported.

Anguish: Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures announced in February 2009 that it will remake this 1987 English-language Spanish film with a unique movie-within-a-movie concept about a killer stalking moviegoers watching a horror movie.

Art of the Devil: At the end of April 2008, Cerenzie-Peters Productions (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) bought the remake rights to this hit franchise from Thailand. Although each of the three entries thus far has featured a differennt storyline, the remake will focus on the second film's plot about a teacher who exacts gruesome supernatural revenge on students who expose her infidelity and kill her lover. Expect a 2010 release.

At the End of the Spectra: It was reported in August 2007 that Nicole Kidman was on board to star in this remake of the Colombian film Al Final del Espectro, about an agoraphobic woman who isolates herself in her new apartment, only to discover that it might be haunted. Remake specialist producer Roy Lee was on board to produce, but there has been no discernible movement since then.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: In March 2008, it was announced that the creators of askaninja.com were writing a script for this remake of the low-budget 1978 horror-comedy, but no further movement has been reported.

Battle Royale: The remake of this cult fave from Japan about unsuspecting students dropped off on a deserted island and forced to compete in a "killer takes all" game was postponed indefinitely after the Virginia Tech tragedy.

The Birds: Platinum Dunes, the Michael Bay-led production company responsible for remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror plus the upcoming Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, is in pre-production on a big-budget redo of the Hitchcock classic. It was originally slated to star Naomi Watts, with Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) in talks to direct for a summer 2009 release, but now it's been pushed back to 2011, and Campbell has left the project.

The Blob: After remaking Halloween in 2007, director Rob Zombie announced in August 2009 that he was turning his attention to redoing the 1958 monster movie The Blob, but just as things were getting aligned at Dimension Films, Zombie walked away from the project. There's no official word on whether or not the project is dead, but it appears to be so.

Bride of Frankenstein: Following the announcements of remakes of classic Universal monster movies The Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein was tapped for a remake in June 2009. Neil Burger was in talks at the time to both write and direct.

The Brood: A remake of this David Cronenberg killer kid film was announced in December 2009, with Breck Eisner (The Crazies) attached to direct. He has since dropped out, and the project seems to be in limbo.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In May 2009, it was reported that a "relaunch" of the vampire comedy was being considered, but the project remains in its earliest stages.

Children of the Corn: As a made-for-TV remake of the 1984 Stephen King adaptation was preparing to air on SyFy in September 2009, a theatrical remake was announced by Dimension Films. No release date has been set, but Ehren Kruger (Scream 3, The Ring) has been tapped to write the script.

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things: In July 2012, Fangoria and Anchor Bay Entertainment announced they were teaming to remake the 1972 zombie movie about a band of thespians on a deserted island who awaken the dead with an occult ritual. Tom Savini is scheduled to direct.

Chopping Mall: In November 2011, director Robert Hall (Laid to Rest) purchased the remakes rights to this 1986 killer robot film, with plans to start filming in the spring of 2012. That has yet to happen.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon: This remake was originally scheduled to debut in late 2008, before the remake of another Universal classic, The Wolfman, hits screens in 2009, but it appears to have been delayed by the writers' strike and is now scheduled tentatively for 2011. Creature was to be directed by Breck Eisner, but he dropped out, and commercial director Carl Rinsch has been rumored to take his place. Bill Paxton reportedly was to be featured but may have dropped out due to the delay.

The Crow: In 2010, Mark Wahlberg was reportedly in talks to star in a remake of the 1994 supernatural comic book adaptation The Crow. In 2011, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) signed on to direct, and Bradley Cooper later was cast in the lead. In August 2011, Cooper left, however, and Fresnadillo left in October. In January 2012, F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) got on board to direct, and in 2013, Luke Evans was hired to star. Shooting is scheduled for 2014.

The Day of the Triffids: In September 2010, plans for a 3-D version of the 1962 killer plant film was announced by producer Michael Preger. The next month, Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures jumped on board to produce, with Raimi reportedly eager to direct.

Death Note: In January 2011, writer-director Shane Black signed on to helm a remake of the Japanese film Death Note, an adaptation of a Japanese comic about a mysterious notebook that causes death to anyone whose name is written in it.

Don't Look in the Basement: This low-budget 1973 cult film about patients in an insane running amok will get a similarly low-budget remake, announced in December 2009. Director Josh Vargas is attached to helm it.

Firestarter: Late in 2010, the Dino De Laurentiis Company was reportedly working on a remake of Stephen King's Firestarter, with the writer of Vacancy attached to pen the script, but there's been little movement since then.

Flatliners: In August 2011, Ben Ripley (Source Code) was hired to write a remake of the 1990 supernatural thriller. No cast or director has been named, and no production date has been set.

The Fly: In September 2009, reports swirled that David Cronenberg was in negotiations to remake his own remake of The Fly, although nothing has been finalized.

The Funhouse: In June 2009, Eli Roth announced plans to produce a remake of this '80s slasher about kids confronted by a mutant killer when they sneak into an amusement park after closing.

The Fury: At the end of April 2008, Fox announced that it had commissioned a script to be written for a remake of the 1978 Brian DePalma flick about a telekinetic man who's kidnapped by the government.

The Gate: A remake of the 1987 monster movie The Gate was confirmed in July 2009. It will reportedly be shot in 3-D and is to be directed by Alex Winter, or Bill from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. It's shooting in the summer of 2010, so it could see the light of day in 2011 -- probably direct to video, given a fairly low budget.

Godzilla: With a May 16, 2014 release date set, this version of the Japanese giant monster movie is directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and stars Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen.

Gremlinsin the spring of 2013, it was reported that Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were on board to produce a remake of this family-friendly fright flick. A year later, word was that it was still "moving quickly" at Warner Brothers, but with few details.

Hellraiser: A January 9, 2009, date was originally planned for the release of this dark Clive Barker tale of pain, pleasure and Pinhead, but that has been pushed back. A proposed script was reportedly rejected in October 2008, and Pascal Laugier, director of the French shocker Martyrs (itself in line for a remake), dropped out of the director's chair in the summer of 2009. In October 2011, a sequel, Hellraiser: Revelations was released, reportedly just so the studio can maintain the rights to the franchise in order to produce a larger-scale remake.

The Host: In March 2007, Universal purchased the rights to this Korean monster movie, and by November 2008, Gore Verbinski (The Ring) was on board...to produce. First-time director Fredrik Bond is helming the film.

I Saw What You Did: In May 2009, Dark Castle Entertainment announced that it was producing a remake of this '60s William Castle thriller. The company's first two films were Castle remakes, 1999's House on Haunted Hill and 2001's Thirteen Ghosts. Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, the team behind My Bloody Valentine 3D, will write, and Lussier will direct.

I Walked With a Zombie: Twisted Pictures, of Saw fame, made a deal in 2007 to remake several old RKO films, including I Walked With a Zombie. This would be the second remake of the movie, following 2002's Ritual. In March 2011, the working title became Plantation and Liv Tyler and Gary Oldman were rumored to be interested in starring.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Twisted Pictures, of Saw fame, made a deal in 2007 to remake several old RKO films, including Body Snatchers (for the umteenth time).

The Island of Dr. Moreau: In the fall of 2013, Warner Brothers hired the writers of Hemlock Grove to pen a new adaptation of this H.G. Wells novel.

It: In March 2009, it was reported that a remake of the made-for-TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel It was headed for the big screen. In 2012, arthouse director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) climbed aboard to both direct and co-write.

Jacob's Ladder: Plans for a remake of the trippy cult film Jacob's Ladder were announced in the summer of 2013, with the writer of The Midnight Meat Train on board.

Little Shop of Horrors: In April 2009, it was revealed that director Declan O'Brien had acquired the rights to remake the cult classic and was shopping the idea to studios. In May 2012, it was announced that Marc Platt (Broadway's Wicked) was producing, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt interested in starring.

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