Exclusive: Tom Holland plots “BEAST WITHIN” remake


With a new, extras-packed Blu-ray of THE BEAST WITHIN just out in Japan (see story here), screenwriter Tom Holland has revealed to FANGORIA his plans to revisit the story in a fresh film version.

THE BEAST WITHIN, directed by Philippe Mora and very loosely based on the novel by Edward Levy, was Holland’s first produced feature screenplay, and some of what he wrote couldn’t be filmed for the 1982 release. That’s why “I am now preparing a remake,” he tells us. “Cicadas were a large part of the script I wrote; their 17-year transformation foreshadowed what was happening to Michael [the afflicted young hero played by Paul Clemens]. You couldn’t work with insects then, couldn’t capture what I wrote, but CGI now does make that possible.” He points out, however, that he would not want Michael’s climactic shapeshift into a monster to be done digitally. “Michael’s transformation should still be old-school, done in-camera. The lure of a remake is to finally be able to do what I originally wrote.” Look for more on the new BEAST WITHIN Blu-ray at this site tomorrow!

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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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