Killer robots are just too silly these days, says the director.
The villains of Jim Wynorski’s 1986 cult classic Chopping Mall are of course high-tech security robots that go on a killing spree inside of a shopping mall, dubbed “Killbots.” In fact, Killbots was the original title of the film. But there’s a Chopping Mall remake in the works, and the director says the script does *not* feature killbots.
Chatting with Nightmare Toys last week, Robert Hall (Laid to Rest) provided an update on his Chopping Mall remake, detailing the massive deviation from the original.
“My version of CHOPPING MALL that I wrote is totally supernatural,” Hall told the show. “It’s more The Fog set in an abandoned mall than it is robots. Instead of killer robots, they are these mannequins that are possessed by the souls of dead slaves that worked at the plantation that the mall was built over.”
“Sorry guys… purists,” he added. “I have a different take. Which [Roger Corman] really, really liked. Do need to get that underway.”
Hall also noted that he’s not 100% sure if he’s still got the remake rights to Chopping Mall, but that he’s really hoping to soon get his planned remake off the ground. In the recent past, budgetary issues have prevented the cameras from rolling, he says.