Another Hollywood reboot gets the green light
COME ON HOLLYWOOD! Seriously? Not being content with possibly remaking ‘The Exorcist‘. Not being happy with the upcoming reboot/sequel to ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘ and being unsatisfied with destroying some of the better horror movies ever made by remaking them as PG-13 rated turds (The Fog, Black Christmas, etc), now they have turned their attention to remaking the 1998 horror ‘Urban Legend‘. Now, the film wasn’t THAT good in the first place but it was a worthy slasher film which just happened to star the legendary Robert Englund and Brad Dourif in small roles and the future Oscar-winner Jared Leto. It was decent enough and passed the time away for those who saw it but it was essentially another teen slasher flick in the vein of ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer‘. It even did enough business to garner a sequel ‘Urban Legends: Final Cut‘ which did feature a couple of cameos from the stars of the original film (Rebecca Gayheart’s was a smile-inducing one). But the original film was hardly crying out to be remade.
Now, however, that’s what is coming to screens sometime in the future. The new version will be directed by writer/director Colin Minihan (What Keeps You Alive) and has announced Sydney Chandler and Katherine McNamara in the lead roles. The official synopsis of the new film is:
“The movie will center on a diverse cast of college students as they navigate a series of bizarre deaths that resemble urban legends linked to the darkest corners of social media”
The film will also delve into a topic that is pretty hot right now-Deepfake technology. Deepfake seems to be, for whatever reason, becoming more popular by the day and the new film will involve it during proceedings. The original film had the storyline of several murders taking place that tied in with the old urban legends that exist in people’s minds, the tales that one person hears, and then tells others while adding more details to until the story becomes something else entirely. The main character of Natalie (Alicia Witt) is tormented by the deaths of several of her friends including Michelle (Natasha Gregson Wagner) who is decapitated in her car, her roommate (Danielle Harris) who is strangled to death and has her wrists cut to look like a suicide and so on. The killer wears a scary costume throughout the film: A fur hooded Parker. (Seriously). As the death toll rises and the list of suspects gets smaller, Natalie must use her wits to stay alive while harboring her own secret linked to an urban legend. Joshua Jackson and Tara Reid played supporting roles in the film but its no spoiler to say neither reaches the end credits.
Now, IF the film keeps with the R rated style of the original, then it could quite possibly worthy of a watch. But and it is a big BUT, Hollywood seems intent on taking R rated horror and remaking them as PG-13 fodder instead. If the remake follows this pattern, then thanks but NO THANKS. The film is hardly needing a remake anyway but watering it down to family fare will be a death knell for the project to horror and slasher movie fans like myself. If this is the way the makers of the film want to go then I wish them luck. Because my money will not go to them in admission at the box office. And my cash will continue to stay in my wallet until Hollywood realizes that PG-13 remakes of horror movies are about as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!