MGM has drafted Texas Chainsaw Massacre scribe Scott Kosar to write the remake of The Amityville Horror, entitled Amityville, a co-production of the Lion and Dimension Films. Michael Bay and his partners are still working on a “Chainsaw Massacre” prequel, though he didn’t know if Kosar would be the writer. Read on for full details!
Variety writes, “MGM has drafted “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” scribe Scott Kosar to write the remake of “The Amityville Horror,” a co-production of the Lion and Dimension Films.
Platinum Dunes trio Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are steering the redo. They will produce with Radar’s Ted Field.
MGM, which owned the rights to the original 1979 haunted house hit, is taking the creative lead on the project, after the studio and Dimension buried the hatchet in a deal that ended a competition to mount films on the same subject. Dimension, in turn, is creatively steering “True Believers,” a horror pic MGM hatched with Cheyenne Enterprises that marks the American directing debut of Japanese horrormeister Hideo Nakata (“The Ring”).
“Our version of ‘The Amityville Horror’ will be based squarely on the original film that covered the 28 days that one family spent in this famous house,” Bay said. “It is not a slasher film and is certainly more cerebral than ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ but we found Scott to be very good at knowing signature moments from an original film, and how to change it enough to feel fresh.”
Bay said they are zeroing in on a director for the remake, expecting to be in production by May or June.
Bay and his Platinum partners are getting around to plotting a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel, though he didn’t know if Kosar would be the writer.”