I guess the Weinstein Company’s way of erasing public doubt is to announce a bunch of projects that we all know will NEVER happen. In an article about The Road (arriving in theaters October 16), it was revealed that Weinstein has tapped Ehren Kruger (The Skeleton Key, The Ring) to adapt Stephen King short story Children of the Corn, which tells the story of a boy preacher who persuades the children in a Nebraska town to kill all the adults. “Corn” was previously made into a feature in 1984 by New World Pictures, with a TV remake airing on SyFy soon. See what they had to say about the original below.
“We felt the New World film was a missed opportunity,” said Weinstein. “If you read the short story, it’s got such a strong feeling to it and there’s this religious overtone to it as well. Ehren wants to hit it hard. It’s popular in Hollywood to say you re-envisioning a project but a lot of the time they’re just carbon copying the original. We are bringing something new to the story.”
The fact of the matter is, they’ve been trying to make this, Scanners and Hellraiser for years now, and I highly doubt any of these will come into fruition, especially after the public humiliation about their financial woes. Halloween tanks and they’re rushing to make a sequel and another horror film, while pushing The Road as a cannibalistic horror tale? What gives? That’s just the charm of the Weinstein brothers I guess.