Apparently Dimension Films’ Black Christmas did more than just disappoint fans — it got other studios thinking about holiday films they could remake. Today it was announced that Santa Clause is coming to your house, so you better be nice because this Santa will kill you. Moviehole scored news that Sony is remaking Silent Night, Deadly Night, with Joe Harris (The Tripper) in talks to pen the script. Read on for some big details.Moviehole.net writes:
Santa had a glass to the door at the Sony Screen Gems office just before Christmas, and along with a ride on his most buck-crazy reindeer, whispered in my ear what he heard the suits discussing.
A remake of “Silent Night, Deadly Night”.
Yep, the next old horror classic to get the revamp treatment is the 80s Killer Santa jaunt, which you’ll recall told of a kid, after his parents are murdered, who goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage were he was abused by the Mother Superior.
The championing producers are David Foster (“The Thing”) and Ryan Heppe. SG’s Nick Phillips and Scott Strauss are also onboard.
You’ll recall that the original was quite a controversial film. Angry parents, not happy to see Santa Claus depicted as an axe murderer, picketed the film to the point where “Silent Night” took a dive at the box office and the film was shelved for another year where it saw new light in an uncut video form.
Joe Harris, of “The Tripper” fame, is in talks to write the remake, which “will not be a remake of the original picture, but a total reimagining using the basic concept as a platform for a new franchise. Extreme attention has been placed on putting together a top-notch, terrifying screenplay as most films in this sub-genre (including the recently released “Black Christmas”) have little to no story and very weak scares. The intent is to create a dark and scary film that falls more in line (in terms of tone) with modern released such as “Saw” and “The Descent.””
I’m a little skeptical that Sony will deliver a balls-to-the-wall remake of the film considering they’ve bored us with The Fog and When a Stranger Calls — PG-13 seems to be in their blood. Either way, Santa kicking some ass? Who wouldn’t want to see that again?