Producer Roy Lee has made a name for himself in Hollywood with his successful remakes of Asian horror movies such as ‘The Ring’ and ‘The Grudge’. Now he is thinking of producing the reboot versions of his films as well as one for ‘Poltergeist.’
While on set for the high altitude thriller ‘7500’, in an interview with Collider Lee spoke about his excitement of making horror films and how he is actively looking for “new scares in horror movies.” As for ‘The Ring’ or ‘The Grudge’ reboot, Lee admits that it is still in the very early stages of development.
“We are looking to do a new version of ‘The Grudge’ but we haven’t decided on exactly what it will be. We’ve just put it out to the film community that we are hearing takes from writers on what they could bring to the table on what their thoughts are on a new version of ‘The Grudge.’ It’s the same thing with (‘The Ring’) where we’re hearing takes and actually having a script written just to see if it works in terms of trying to restart a Ring franchise… we hear different pitches from people who have their ideas and once somebody hears an idea that we really like, we potentially execute that.”
One of the projects Lee is most eager about, however, is a ‘Poltergeist’ reboot. “I’d say the one I’m most excited about updating is the Poltergeist reboot. That is probably something…hopefully next year that somebody will be able to accomplish.” Although his is not officially producing the movie, he evasively did state that he is in talks with MGM.
Once ‘7500’ finishes shooting, Lee will be working on the American version of the Japanese manga series ‘Old Boy’ by Nobuaki Minegishi. The movie will be directed by Spike Lee with the script adaptation written by Mark Protosevich (‘I am Legend’, ‘Thor’). ‘Old Boy’ is about a man who was kidnapped and placed in a nondescript room for years with no explanation of why he was taken or who kidnapped him. He is suddenly released from his prison has a limited time to find out answers to his questions.
What’s in store after ’Old Boy’ is anyone’s guess but if Lee has his way, it may be the reboots of the aforementioned movies. Hopefully, there is someone who can come up with a unique way to bring these movies back. After all, haven’t we already learned from the updated versions ‘Psycho’ and ‘Halloween?’