Remake Roulette: “LIFEFORCE”, “THE HOWLING” and More…


Let’s face it: as long as the film business includes the word “business” in its title, there will always be remakes. At this point, it’s not even worth it to get upset; after all, the original will always continue to exist, even in the shadow of a remake or reboot. So with that said, it’s time to address the newest round of remake announcements.

The first announcements comes from Chiller via Deadline, who have announced two new films to their programming in addition to their recently announced anthology series, SLASHERS. The first is Tobe Hooper’s beloved space vampire film, LIFEFORCE, which is being produced by Steve B. Harris (AMITYVILLE: THE RE-AWAKENING). Chiller’s remake is described as a “reimagining” of the 1985 horror classic, and follows a group of astronauts who encounter a derelict alien spacecraft hiding three perfect humanoids who are returned to Earth only to unleash a terrible plague upon the planet.

The second remake from Chiller is that of the V/H/S segment “Amateur Night”, which will be adapted into a feature film for the horror network. The newly titled SIREN follows a bachelor party where the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator and wind up in a fight for their lives, and will be produced by original director David Bruckner as well as original producers Brad Miska and Gary Binkow. You can look for those titles later this year.

The third remake announcement comes courtesy of Emaji Entertainment, who will be remaking Dee Snider’s STRANGELAND with Snider coming back as executive producer for the film. Entitled STRANGELAND: DISCIPLE, the remake will further explore “Captain Howdy” on the prowl as he explores an increasingly pervasive presence on social media. The fourth and final announcement also comes from Emaji, who have purchased remake rights to Joe Dante’s THE HOWLING and are planning on rebooting the franchise as a whole. We’ll keep you readers posted once more information comes to light…

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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