MGM’s remake of the 1976 horror film The Town That Dreaded Sundown is moving forward, and some major players have boarded the project behind the scenes. We first learned that the remake was in development this past November, but now Heat Vision reports that Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy is teaming up with producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious) on the project. The original slasher film was based on five unsolved, grisly murders in 1946 Texarkana and became a cult hit.
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is in talks to direct the horror remake, which has a script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie remake, Glee). Gomez-Rejon has previously helmed a number of episodes of Glee and American Horror Story: Asylum, and is also a prolific second-unit director who most recently worked on Argo. This new Sundown is said to keep the original film’s cinema verite style with an added procedural element akin to Zodiac. Murphy also revealed that they’re doing a “weird meta thing with it,” whatever that means. Production is gearing up to begin this spring. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the original film.
The cast is really starting to shape up for Kimberley Peirce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) remake of the classic horror film, Carrie. The new adaptation of the Stephen King source novel already features Chloe Moretz in the title role with Julianne Moore playing Carrie’s conservative and controlling mother. Now, it looks like one of Carrie’s classmate tormenters are in the process of being cast, with Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) having recently joined. Judy Greer (13 Going on 30) is reportedly in talks to play the pivotal role of the girls’ gym teacher. It’s not known yet whether the Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Big Love) adaptation will follow Brian De Palma’s original to the letter or if some artistic license will be taken. Hit the jump for more info on the Carrie casting news. [Update: We've received word that Ivana Baquero is no longer in consideration for the role. Also, no casting decisions have yet been made for the role of the gym teacher.]
There is no way that Joseph Gordon-Levitt sleeps. In between running his own multimedia website, prepping his feature directorial debut, and starring in films from Christopher Nolan, Rian Johnson, and Steven Spielberg, the actor is now developing a remake of Little Shop of Horrors for Warner Bros. The 1960 Roger Corman movie was turned into an off-Broadway musical, which then led to another feature film adaptation in 1986 from director Frank Oz and starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. Hit the jump for more on the redo.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a playwright/screenwriter/comic-book writer, has been tapped to write a remake of 1976’s Carrie and has joined Fox’s musical series Glee as a writer and co-producer. Aguirre-Sacasa was most recently brought in to do script work on the plagued Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The retooled version of Spider-Man must be pretty damn great (At this point, if they can go one night without having people fall out of the sky, it’ll be deemed a vast improvement), because Aguirre-Sacasa has secured himself two fairly high-profile gigs. Until now, the writing staff of Glee has only been comprised of the three creators of the show, taking turns writing successive episodes for the past two seasons.
Deadline reports that MGM and Screen Gems’ remake of Carrie will be closer to Stephen King’s source material than the 1976 film, à la the Coen brothers’ remake of True Grit. Furthermore, Aguirre-Sacasa previously adapted King’s The Stand into a comic-book, so he’s got a bit of a feel for King’s stuff. He’s also got some experience in TV, as he was writer on HBO’s Big Love. Maybe some new blood on the Glee writing staff will pull the show out of the creative hell it’s been in all season. Or at least finally bring some much needed earnestness to the show. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Stephen King’s Carrie.