December 13, 2008
Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is set to begin filming the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie beginning this Spring. The film is going to be produced by Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Meanwhile, their "Near Dark" remake is dead -- thanks to the success of "Twilight."
With the "Friday the 13th" remake set to hit screens from the same team in February -- and a sequel to that already in the works -- the early 2000s are starting to look more like the 1980s every day. Hopefully "Nightmare" will be more of a sequel/prequel type project -- not a remake.
But in addition to F13-2 and "Nightmare", Platinum Dunes does have one original film on production slate.
Scotty Kosar, who penned Dunes' "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake is writing an untitled supernatural thriller about satanic cults for the company. Dunes' Brad Fuller to Sci-Fi Wire the film is about "a college girl whose brother dies, and she goes to investigate his death and finds he was into some pretty freaky stuff. She wants to get to the bottom of it. And doing so, has to see some things that maybe she didn't want to see. Things that are unsettling."
It may be a bit ironic that "Twilight" has dashed Dunes' "Near Dark" remake for the time being, but the films are apparently too similar --what with them being about a vampire and human in love. Although I remember "Near Dark" being about a vampire and newly turned vampire being in love. But "Near Dark" really doesn't need a remake -- so why remake it?
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