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‘Cubed’ Can’t Escape Development Hell


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.



  • Michael Gevins

    Some movies deserve sequels, some movies explore those extra possibilities in sequels. This series of movies has done it to death, good riddance.

  • zombie84_41

    hope we never get it they prob fuck it up

    • Nefferson Taveira

      Hypercube already did that.

      • zombie84_41

        lol ya it did

  • My main issue with the original series is that you never actually got any resolution because they never finally explained what was happening and why. It’s a neat trick for one movie, but trying the same trick 3 times was a bit much…

    • Matt

      This is one of those sequels that I could take it or leave it. If it never happens I wouldn’t be heartbroken. If they make another one, I’d be fine with that too. But if they do make another one, I agree with you, the purpose behind the whole thing would be nice to know. (Then end the series there.)

  • Marcin R

    “a modern take on the film,” WTF all of the sudden 1997 is ancient history?? how about a new bloody idea, yous know like Cube did in 1997 … enough with Saw 13, Fast Furious 17 etc etc…

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