Horror movie reboots you didn't know were in the works
We often hear that Hollywood is out of ideas, that they would rather take the easy money of remaking a nostalgic property instead of sinking millions into an untried idea. On one hand, that's not entirely true — plenty of wholly original films continue to get released and make plenty of money. Not every remake has to be bad, though. Some are marked improvements over the original, others are able to reimagine things just enough to stay fresh and interesting. Today, we're taking a look at a genre that often does well with modern updates: horror. John Carpenter's The Thing, David Cronenberg's The Fly, even Frank Oz's movie-based-on-a-musical-based-on-a-movie Little Shop of Horrors… the history of the genre is full of brilliant reimaginings. There are a ton of horror remakes in various stages of development floating around out there. Some of them are right around the corner, and some of them might never see the light of day. Here are several upcoming horror reboots that we're pretty excited about. Check back often — we'll be updating our list as more reboots get revealed. We're cheating a bit with this one, as Blade is sort of a hybrid horror-action movie. It also seems likely that the Blade reboot will shy away from a substantial amount of the horrific, as it will be a part of the cash cow that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In its initial run on the big screen, Blade starred Wesley Snipes as the title character, and ran for three films from 1998 through 2004. Looking back, the trilogy was really the first successful film featuring a Marvel superhero, with sites like the A.V. Club crediting it for paving the way for the superhero blockbuster and the MCU. It's still going to be awhile until we see the Blade reboot get off the ground (there's no official release date, and it's not part of Marvel's 2020-2021 Phase 4 slate), but it's going to be nice to see Marvel's vampire hunter coming back out to play. One of the more well-known reboots on this list is Candyman. It's a bit more recognizable for a few reasons: for one, it's scheduled to release in mid-2020, so it isn't far away. The other big reason is that newly-anointed horror maestro Jordan Peele is attached to the film. The reboot stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Manta from Aquaman), and also features Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits), and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead). The original Candyman was released in 1992, and told the story of a spirit with a hook for a hand who invades our world seeking vengeance. It was itself based off a Clive Barker story called "The Forbidden," and two sequels followed later in the nineties. The original actor who played Candyman, Tony Todd, has also been cast in the reboot. For being such a product of the '90s, the original version of The Craft still holds up pretty well. The story of a group of high school girls exacting revenge through magical powers is a good one, and the central cast of Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, and Fairuza Balk go through awesome transformations as the film builds to its conclusion. One thing that bodes very well for The Craft reboot is how many people who were involved with the original film are also involved with the update. Douglas Wick, who produced the original, is back as a producer on the reboot, and the original film's director, Andrew Fleming, is also involved in a producer role. Interestingly enough, the "classic" version of The Fly is, itself, a remake. Most people think of the 1986 film led by Jeff Goldblum as the definitive version, but the original film actually came out in 1958 and starred horror legend Vincent Price. Despite radically different tones and levels of disturbing imagery, the two start from the same basic concept, and both the 1958 film and the 1986 one spawned sequels. Considering it's been over 30 years since Goldblum portrayed Dr. Seth Brundle, of course it's about time for a reboot. It will be interesting to see if they keep with the teleporter as the culprit, or if they switch things up in the third go around. Interestingly, Gremlins is coming back in 2021 — but not necessarily as you'd think. It's returning as a television show, rather than a movie, and it's also going to be animated. In 2018, director Chris Columbus told Metro that he was working on a reboot of the Gremlins franchise, but didn't go into too much detail. TV Line got a little more in-depth in early 2019, releasing information about the series. It will reportedly by a sort of origin story — the Gremlins show will be set in 1920s China and show how Mr. Wing (who is a ten-year-old in the show) came to possess the Mogwai named Gizmo. Together, they will encounter an assortment of spirits and creatures from Chinese myth and folklore. Japanese horror was all the rage in the early 2000s, and The Grudge was one of the central franchises fueling the genre. The new film is technically a sequel — the fourth in the American version of the franchise. However, Sony has confirmed that this new film will serve as somewhat of a soft reboot for the ghost story. Jeff Buhler, who wrote the Pet Sematary remake and The Midnight Meat Train, wrote the story, which was touched up by Nicholas Pesce, who will also direct. Pesce also wrote and directed the creepy film The Eyes of My Mother. The Grudge reboot stars Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Mandy) and releases January 3, 2020. Despite the fact that it was essentially riding on the coattails of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer actually became a pretty hot property in the late 1990s. The original film was a veritable who's who of heartthrob actors: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddy Prinze Jr. all did battle with "The Fisherman" in the campy slasher flick. Fans can rejoice: I Know What You Did Last Summer is returning, this time as an Amazon Prime series. I Know What You Did Last Summer told the story of a group of teens who run over someone with their car and dump the body in the ocean. The next year, the group starts receiving threats from someone who knows their secret, and they start getting murdered by a person in a raincoat carrying a hook. Night of the Comet is an oft-forgotten classic, and a reboot of the low-budget science fiction flick could do wonders for the story. Roxanne Benjamin, who started out as a producer on horror films like V/H/S and The Devil's Candy before moving into writing and directing, is attached to the project. Benjamin told Birth.Movies.Death that she has submitted her screenplay for the reboot, and that she hopes the studio will approach her to direct the movie if they decide to go ahead with it. Don't expect it anytime soon, however, as it's "still very early days." Wrong Turn is a surprisingly recent film to be receiving the remake treatment, well, that's how the business works these days. The original film came out in 2003 and spawned several sequels, with the most recent being 2014's Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort. Strangely, the reboot is being penned by Alan McElroy, who created the franchise to begin with. The original Wrong Turn followed a group of friends who get lost in rural West Virginia, and are terrorized by a cannibalistic family as they struggle to escape. According to Coming Soon, the reboot will focus on "a cross-country hiking expedition that puts a group of friends in the land of an inclusive society called The Foundation, described as people who have lived in the mountains since before the Civil War." Another reboot with some strange names attached to it is Saw. The original film was released in 2004, and quickly became a horror juggernaut. Despite a paltry budget of just over one million dollars, Saw made over $100 million worldwide and spawned a massive franchise. Director James Wan has gone on to become a huge star in the industry, and the latest sequel came out as recently as 2017. The original Saw series got more and more insane as the sequels piled up, but it originally focused on a serial killer who placed people in elaborate puzzles to see "how much they wanted to live." With Rock and Bousman's reboot, hopefully some of the magic will return to the franchise. Quick quiz: how many Hellraiser movies have there been? Answer: Ten! There are ten! And the most recent one, Hellraiser: Judgment, came out in 2018! That said, Spyglass Entertainment is trying to revitalize the franchise a bit with a reboot. Yes, the Lament Configuration is headed back to the big screen, bringing Pinhead and the rest of the Cenobites with it. David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) is attached to the reboot as a writer and producer. Clive Barker, who wrote the original story the series is based on and directed the first film in 1987, is also attached. Goyer is excited to be given a chance with the franchise. He told Deadline, "Having the chance to reimagine Pinhead and the Cenobites for a new audience is a nightmare-come-true." You can safely describe the 1990 film The Witches as "a movie that probably traumatized a lot of children." Based on a book by Roald Dahl, it starred Anjelica Houston and featured some impressive effects work from Jim Henson Productions. The Witches is being rebooted, and its release is scheduled for right around Halloween in 2020. Dahl's original book focuses on a group of terrifying witches and a boy who stumbles across their secrets. The author did not like the ending of the original film, and reportedly asked the filmmakers to remove his name from the film's marketing. The remake will reportedly be darker, thus sticking closer to Dahl's original tale. Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron are also attached to the film as producers, and you know those two can get real dark. What? A successful movie from another country? We can't let that stand, not in America! Of course Train to Busan is getting a western remake — the buzzworthy zombie film out of Korea is in development from James Wan and Gary Dauberman. There aren't a lot of details on the remake at this point in time, but it should be in good hands with Wan and Dauberman, two of the leaders in recent horror success stories. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Dauberman explained his approach to the source material: "I'm being very careful how we translate it over here. And really my rule is, Don't f**k it up!"