Robert Hall‘s Dry County Entertainment is hanging out at a Chopping Mall, acquiring the remake rights to the ’80s horror title that I literally just watched this past weekend (what are the odds?!)
Hall and producing partner Kevin Bocarde will produce and write. Hall, best known for helming Laid to Rest and it’s sequel, is also coming on to direct, with lensing to begin in spring.
The original Chopping Mall was produced by Roger Corman and his wife Julie. It centered around a group of teenagers who become trapped in a shopping mall with killer robots. Killer robots in a mall, what’s not to like?
Bocarde said the new movie won’t be a straight remake. “It will retain the basic concept of young people trapped in a mall; however, the story will have a darker, supernatural spin,” he explained. Hall noted that he had started in show business at Corman’s studio. “This is an exciting way to pay homage and honor Roger while also expanding the original film’s premise,” he said.
Recent remakes of Corman’s films include the Jason Statham starrer Death Race, last year’s Piranha and the upcoming Piranha 3D.