Now Stephen King’s “Cujo” is being remade

April 13, 2013

This has been my mentally for quite a while now…  Expect every popular horror movie to be remade.  Hell, even some of the lesser known ones have been remade.  It’s like they have a list of old movies and throw a dart at the wall to see what they’ll remake next.  Here’s the latest news on the announced CUJO remake.

Lang Elliott, President & CEO of Sunn Classic Pictures, Inc., announced that Sunn plans to produce the remake of CUJO this year representing the 30th Anniversary since Sunn produced and distributed the original CUJO motion picture in 1983, based upon Stephen King’s novel. The 1983 version was highly successful at the worldwide box-office and, compared with today’s inflation and higher ticket prices, the box-office would be well over $225 million even without ancillary sales (i.e., DVD, cable, free television, pay-per-view, etc.).

That last sentence really sums up Hollywood approach to movies nowadays.  “This movie made a lot of money back in the day so if we make that movie again, we’ll automatically make the same amount of profits except MORE because of inflation”.  You know, because the exact same number of people who saw the original back in the day are going to be dying to see the same movie 30 years later.  Talk about wanting to reap all the rewards for being lazy.  It’s all about brand recognition now.  Oh wait, there’s a news story going on!  Sorry about my rant.

“Cujo is the story of a large, playful St. Bernard dog that is transformed into a hideous killing machine after being infected by rabies. Donna Trenton’s car is on the fritz, and she and her son take her ailing automobile to their mechanic. Upon their arrival, the car stalls and refuses to restart. The mechanic fails to appear so Donna searches for him. The transformed, maniacal Cujo reveals himself; he is highly agitated and very aggressive. Donna hardly recognizes this filthy, monstrous creature foaming at the mouth. Suddenly Cujo charges Donna, who barely makes it back into the car for protection. Trapped with her son and the windows rolled up, the sweltering heat begins to take its toll. Cujo’s powerful state of insanity and violence await.

Watch the sales trailer above that was taken to Berlin and the forthcoming Cannes market in May.

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