Production Company Platinum Dunes is moving away from the format that it used to kick things off. Following the astounding success of this weekend’s original movie ‘A Quiet Place’ directed by and starring John Krasinski, the company has announced that it will strictly produce original material and will no longer remake older horror movies, which was the idea that Platinum Dunes was built on.
In an interview with CinePOP, co-founder Brad Fuller, who produced ‘A Quiet Place’, said:
“We’ve rebooted enough. We’ve done all of our [rebooted] horror movies. We’re not going to be doing that anymore.”
Fellow co-founder Andrew Form added:
“For us, as a company, we’re always looking for original material. And the idea of finding something original was important for us. We made a film where there’s two to three minutes of talking in the movie, where sound is a full character, and it feels like audiences are really responding to those ingredients.”
Fuller and Form founded Platinum Dunes with the infamous Michael Bay in 2001. Their first movie was a remake of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ directed by Marcus Nispel released in 2003. In 2006, they followed that up with ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning’ helmed by Jonathan Liebesman. Other horror remakes from the company include ‘The Amityville Horror’, ‘The Hitcher’ and ‘Friday the 13th’. Platinum Dunes also revived the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ franchise with the 2014 reboot, which was followed by 2016’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’. Perhaps the most bizarre film on their slate is an upcoming ‘Dora the Explorer’ movie.
Platinum Dunes has also had several TV projects including ‘Black Sails’ and ‘The Last Ship’. They are producing a ‘Jack Ryan’ TV series for Amazon which will star Krasinski in the title role. He will also executive produce.
Among its original film hits were ‘Project Almanac’ and the ‘Ouija’ and ‘The Purge’ franchises. The latter two have been more successful than their remakes. Couple that with ‘A Quiet Place”s unpredicted financial success, AND the fact that it is critically acclaimed, it only makes sense for Platinum Dunes to want to focus more on similar projects.