At the age of 86, having directed 55 feature films and produced a whopping 385, Roger Corman is a bona fide filmmaking legend. Corman is best known for his work on low-budget B movies, making a name for himself on genre fare that generated a strong cult following. One of Corman’s most notable achievements was a series of eight adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe stories that were released between 1959 and 1964, most of which starred Vincent Price.
Now Corman is keen on revisiting that period of his career, as he’s set to remake all eight films for a whole new generation of horror fans. Hit the jump for more details.
Per THR, Roger Corman will produce low-budget remakes of eight Edgar Allen Poe stories: House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Premature Burial, Tales of Terror, The Raven, The Hunted Palace, The Masque of Red Death, and The Tomb of Ligeia. The first adaptation, House of Usher, is set to start production in 2013, followed by two films a year after that. The pics will be produced on budgets of $2 million to $2.5 million, and Corman is eager to take advantage of new technology that wasn’t available when he made his original films:
“Now being able to do them in 3D and with a lot of computer graphics, we can do things we never dreamed of doing before. Poe always worked with the unconscious mind, and there’s a lot of fantasy.”
The prolific producer now says the challenge is finding a suitable replacement for Vincent Price, and Corman hopes to cast “a fiftysomething actor known from TV” to fill that void. Corman’s original series of films are a lot of fun, and assuming they don’t fall victim to the latest horror film craze like found footage or torture porn, we could be in for an enticing run of genre fare with this string of remakes.
Watch the trailer for Corman’s House of Usher below.