Partially inspired by the success of Halloween this year, producer Gary Sales is hoping to get a modern remake of 1981’s Madman off the ground, wherein a psychotic slasher by the name of Madman Marz went on a killing spree at a summer camp. After hearing about his plans, we reached out to Sales for a quick chat, and he gave us the skinny on what’s going on.
Sales, who co-created Madman alongside the late Joe Giannone, has written a script for the remake, he told us, which “springs from the original campfire tale DNA of the ’80s slasher.”
“The Madman remake script is written. I’m in the process, through my agent and my industry contacts, of getting it into the hands of studios, production companies and financiers who see the incredible value and potential of Madman as an Icon of Fright and a horror brand that could last another 38 years,” Sales explained.
He continued, “Madman has a very loyal audience over these many years and we’ve picked up a lot of new audience since the advent of Blu-ray, streaming and the net, so I’m casting a net to bring Madman to everyone around the world that loves horror today. Our fans run from Peoria to Perth and New York to Germany, Sweden and Pakistan. And that includes Quentin Tarantino, who’s always been a champion and great fan of the picture. It was his proramming it at the Alamo Draft House Midnite shows that kept us alive coming into the 21st century.”
As for the approach of the script, Sales touched upon that a little bit in our chat.
“It still opens with its iconic campfire. But there’ll be a new Max telling the tale,” Sales divulged. “And it’s going to be a more interactive tale. Meaning, some of the victims have a chance. There’ll be something to root for. And lastly, without giving away too much… Even before it’s become so popular, I’d been re-writing Madman with a female lead who has to find her courage in the midst of the murder and mayhem of that terrible night.”