The remakes may be slowing down a bit, but they are far from done. We of course have remakes of CARRIE and ROBOCOP coming up soon, but beyond that I don’t think we’ll be hurting for any remakes. First up is a remake of PATRICK, a remake of the 1978 Australian cult film. The original is about a comatose hospital patient who harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own. and word is this is already in the can and scheduled to be released in Australia this October (as of yet, there is no US distributor or release date). It will likely go straight to video in the US sometime next year. Sharni Vinson (YOU’RE NEXT), Rachel Griffiths (SIX FEET UNDER) and Charles Dance (GAME OF THRONES) star.
Also in the pipes is another remake of THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. To be honest, I’m not complaining about another remake of this one. I could fo gor getting the taste of the 1996 version outta my mouth. Remember the version with Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando?? Yesh!! This one isn’t too far along. Apparently Warner Brothers has hired the writers of HEMLOCK GROVE to pen the script, Come on guys, give us something good. Now that cloning and genetic manipulation is more and more a possibility, this remake could be really relevant.
Finally, and one I’m not absolutely pleased about, is a remake of David Cronenberg’s debut feature 1975 classic, SHIVERS (a.k.a., THEY CAME FROM WITHIN). This is the film that solidified Cronenberg as the master of body horror. Sure Cronenberg’s original feels a little dated and is very 1970’s-ish, but goddamn it’s a great flick!! SHIVERS is about a parasitic worm that turns the residents of an apartment complex into sex-crazed maniacs. SHIVERS is being remade with a relatively unknown director from Denmark, Rie Rasmussen, and a script from the writer of JESUS CHRIST VAMPIRE HUNTER, Ian Driscoll. No cast has been announced yet, but producers are aiming to start shooting in February. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this one turns out pretty kick ass. I like that the producers aren’t using your typical Hollywood script-crankers.
What do you think about these remakes? What do you wanna see remade?