Bob Clark, producer of numerous Cronenberg films and director of the classic Porky’s, will produce his own remake of Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, which he will write and direct once again. The original followed six friends who dig up a corpse named Orville. They use it in a satanic ritual to make the dead rise from their graves. Read on for the full story…
MONTREAL — Los Angeles-based director-producer Bob Clark and Toronto producer Victor Solnicki have pacted to produce a slate of films with budgets ranging from $10 million to $40 million.
The slate will include a remake of “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things,” the 1973 Canuck zombie horror pic that was Clark’s debut as a writer-director.
He has penned the new script and will helm the $12 million-budgeted pic. It will be a Canada-U.K. co-production with London-based Hamish Gibson co-producing. Pic will shoot in September in British Columbia.
The Solnicki/Clark slate also includes “From Here to Infirmity,” a comedy penned by Jeff Schechter and set to shoot in 2006. Budget will be $25 million.
The non-exclusive pact allows Solnicki and Clark to develop projects separately. Clark will direct the comedy “There Goes the Neighborhood” this summer, a pic not part of the pact, through his shingle Film Classic Prods.
Meanwhile, 2929 Prods. will re-make “Black Christmas,” the 1974 Canuck horror thriller that was directed by Clark and produced by Solnicki’s company. James Wong and Glen Morgan (“Final Destination”) will produce with Morgan writing and directing. Solnicki is also a producer.
Clark directed “Porky’s,” still the top-grossing Canuck pic of all time. Solnicki’s credits as a producer include early Cronenberg pics “The Brood,” “Scanners” and “Videodrome,” and “Such A Long Journey” from 1998.