In 1982 Fright Night and Child’s Play director Tom Holland got his start when his screenplay for The Beast Within was put into production.
Directed by Philippe Mora, the film followed a teenager that is experiencing growing pains of a most shocking kind in this all-too-real story of a human-into monster transformation.
Fangoria caught up with Holland, who reveals that he’s currently developing a remake because some of what he wrote couldn’t be filmed for the 1982 release.
That’s why “I am now preparing a remake,” he tells the site. “Cicadas were a large part of the script I wrote; their 17-year transformation foreshadowed what was happening to Michael [the afflicted young hero played by Paul Clemens]. You couldn’t work with insects then, couldn’t capture what I wrote, but CGI now does make that possible.”
He points out, however, that he would not want Michael’s climactic shapeshift into a monster to be done digitally. “Michael’s transformation should still be old-school, done in-camera. The lure of a remake is to finally be able to do what I originally wrote.”
In the original, 18-year-old Michael MacCleary (the progeny of an unholy union between his mother and a swamp beast) is on the verge of becoming a man. And as the inherited evil in his blood gnaws at his soul, Michael must return to the swamp to uncover the terrifying identity of his father: before his nasty natural tendencies force him to feed on the locals!
Holland’s 10 O’Clock People has been in development for years now. His Twisted Tales hit video this year, and his last feature was the 1996 Thinner.