I absolutely could care less about remakes. To this writer a good movie is a good movie, and the same goes for one that’s bad. Being a remake or reboot has nothing to do with it. There’ proof all through history, including John Carpenter’s The Thing and Gore Verbinski’s The Ring.
Some remakes feel like a cheap cash-grab, while other have so much potential it’s criminal to not attempt a reboot. Such the case with Vincenzo Natali’s masterful 1997 indie Cube, which follows six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics who are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.
Lionsgate had been developing a modern take on the film, titled Cubed, with Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts writing and hot up-and-comer Saman Kesh (watch “Controller”) attached to direct. Now, it appears that the duo can’t escape development hell.
“I have been involved with it,” Spaihts told AITH. “I think it’s resting right now as we look for a new creative direction, but we still are inspired by the vision of that original, independent, high-concept film. With any luck, we’ll still bring a new iteration of that story to light.”
When asked if Kesh was still attached to the project, he said:
“To be honest, I’ll have to check. I don’t know.”
Update: Bloody Disgusting caught up with Kesh who shared this statement:
“Cube has potential to be a great re-Invisioned film. Spaihts and I have been working hard on our vision of a reboot for the last year and a half.
“Unfortunately, the cogs of studios sometimes don’t move at the pace we’d all like. As for now, it looks to be some time before we’ll see a reboot.”
Vincenzo Natali’s film festival hit that spawned two sequels (Cube: Hypercube and Cube Zero). Roy Lee (Cabin Fever, The Ring) is producing the remake.