Horror remakes are a dime a dozen. That’s really nothing new. Too often the dubious honor falls to genre classics like ‘Halloween’ or ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, but sometimes it’s a deeper cut. The latest film to embark on the road to a remake is just such a movie: ‘Arachnophobia’.
A horror/comedy released in 1990 and directed by producer (and longtime Spielberg associate) Frank Marshall, ‘Arachnophobia’ starred Jeff Daniels and John Goodman and tells the story of deadly Venezuelan spiders that are unwittingly introduced to a small California town. Once there, the spiders (of course) run amok and must be destroyed before they can spread.
The remake, as announced by Deadline, will be a co-production between Amblin Entertainment and James Wan’s production company, Atomic Monster. Wan, however, will only be serving as a producer on the film. As of this announcement, no writer or director is attached to the project, though according to Deadline a writer will be named “shortly.” Likewise, neither production company has thus far confirmed a release window.
The next Atomic Monster production that is scheduled to arrive in theaters is ‘The Nun’. Helmed by Corin Hardy (who recently exited the embattled remake of ‘The Crow‘), ‘The Nun’ is the next installment of the ‘Conjuring’ series. A prequel to the series proper, the film follows the 1952 investigation by Catholic authorities into the apparent suicide of a nun at a monastery in Romania. As for Wan himself, the director is finishing work on ‘Aquaman‘, his contribution to the DC Extended Universe, the future of which has remained in flux ever since the critical and commercial disappointment that accompanied ‘Justice League’ last year.
Be sure to check back with ScienceFiction.com for more information on ‘Arachnophobia’ and James Wan’s other upcoming projects as it becomes available!