Back in 1983, Sunn Classic Pictures produced and distributed the original "Cujo" film, which is based on a novel by Stephen King. And now, the company has announced that it's planning to remake the movie and begin filming sometime this year.
"Sunn plans to produce the remake of 'Cujo' this year, representing the 30th Anniversary since Sunn produced and distributed the original 'Cujo,'" said the company. "The 1983 version was highly successful at the worldwide box-office and, compared with today's inflation and higher ticket prices, the box-office would be well over $225 million even without ancillary sales (DVD, cable, free television, pay-per-view, etc.)."
"Cujo" is the story of a large, playful dog that is transformed into a hideous killing machine after being infected by rabies.
Sunn also released a sales video that's meant to attract investors and potential distributors. Check it out below.
it can work and even much better then the original which suffered from poor special effects and some weak acting though Dean Stockwell stole every scene he was in,David Morse was great as well.
with today's advance in CGI use it shouldn't cost a lot of money to remake it - just a good casting (please find some better child then that horrible actress from the original)and a good director.
The original was epic.I love that kind of mystery stories - that's why I loved 'Lost' at least till the last crappy season.
minkowskiwrites: on April 13th, 2013 at 6:29:02 PM
Cool. Maybe they'll remake Pet Semetary next, because I can never get enough of crass remakes of old, average Stephen King movies.
I mean, just think: otherwise we wouhorrible ld have to suffer a great remake of IT, or The Stand, or a film adaptation of From a Buick 8. And who might they bring in to direct? That hack Frank Darabont? NOOOOO! I want Tobe Hooper doing all MY King remakes!
f*ck you, Hollywood. f*ck you straight to hell.
minkowskiwrites: on April 13th, 2013 at 6:32:48 PM
*sigh* f*cking c*cksucking trackpad.
Otherwise we would have to suffer...horrible hack.
I f*cking despise laptops and tablet computers.
Champ1432writes: on April 13th, 2013 at 7:04:32 PM
All the Stephen King stories they could remake, and they choose this one? Definitely wouldn't be my first choice. Are that many people going to be interested in a story about an angry dog?
Then again, what am I saying? It's not like all the other King movies won't be remade as well within the next decade, some maybe twice. Thank you, Hollywood.
I love most King films. They're awful but I enjoy the b-movie feel (I like Salem's Lot and Dreamcatcher).
So I'm game for King remakes. EXCEPT Carrie. The de Palma one is great. This upcoming one looks awful (considering Chloe doesn't look like an outcast - Sissy WAS an outcast).
GREAT. Now they'll use a pitbull to further fuel the irrational stance people have against them.
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 12:32:49 AM
@zeroguy: yeah I hear ya, but unless they remake all the sh*tty Stephen King movies into GOOD flicks, they just need to leave it all alone and go make some good adaptations of the films I mentioned. IT is at the top of my list.
@Mink. Way off-topic, but you should check out the first two episodes for HANNIBAL. It mainly focuses on the Will Graham character. I thought it was going to be a hackneyed, run-of-the-mill schlock, but I found it to be quite good.
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 12:49:28 AM
"Now they'll use a pitbull to further fuel the irrational stance people have against them"
I'm sure anyone's hatred of Pittbull is well justified, Avirex.
I agree with Tanman. THE SHINING is my favorite King adaptation, even though it, to my understanding, veered away from King significantly.
DREAMCATCHER has to be one of the worst films ever.
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 1:08:12 AM
@Cress: haven't seen Hannibal. Heard it was just a remake of Red Dragon. I'll tell you though, they hired the right guy for Lecter; Mikkelsen has the look. Should have gone with with someone else for the lead though because I don't see that lightweight Dancy carrying the series. Petersen could have done it, in another life.
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 1:09:06 AM
Tanman is smoking the sh*t.
Shawshank is the best King adaptation, hands down.
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 1:13:56 AM
"DREAMCATCHER has to be one of the worst films ever."
The book is no prize, either.
Needful Things needs a proper cinematic adaptation, because Leland Gaunt is pure malevolence.
The Will Graham character and Dancy's portrayal are what have me hooked. As long as you're not a slave to MANHUNTER or William Peterson's take on Graham, this should work for you. The interplay between Mikkelson and Dancy is interesting; the production design and direction are very good as well. It's the most interesting show I've seen in quite some time.
I always liked the aspect of the title character being able to perceive other dimensions and beings. A straight adaptation wouldn't work. A lot of the mythology/Dark Tower jargon would need to be left out in order to make it work as a film. But if they kept the skeleton of it--man with insomnia begins to see into other dimensions and those that are up to no good--it could work.
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 1:46:41 AM
Minkowski, you had suggested James Wan as a possible director for IT, but he'd be just about perfect for "From a Buick 8". He'd surely be able to do a good job with it while completing it for less than $20 million (sh*t, according to Wikipedia, Insidious had a budget of only $1.5 million). And then, follow the Evil Dead remake model: release it in March or April just before the summer blockbusters roll in, promote the hell out of it while emphasizing Stephen King's name being attached to it (just like Sam Raimi's name was promoted for Evil Dead), and it has a real chance of being a hit. Hell, Wan himself has become a pretty decent name brand in his own right; that would also help with the box office take.
f*ck, who are we kidding? They'll just remake Christine.
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 2:16:20 AM
And I'll f*cking kill them, too!
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 2:20:25 AM
@Razor: From a Buick 8 has been in development hell for years now. They don't WANT to make it. It's not "economically viable" and teenagers don't want to see it. No gory murders, not really unless you count Curtis Wilcox's roadside death, no Eli Roth decapitations, no sex (big mistake!) and most of the cast would be played by adults. Oh noes!
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 2:22:12 AM
@Avirex: who doesn't hate that ugly little taco-eating f*cker? Seriously? He's the Latino Kanye West.
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 2:29:37 AM
"IIRC, there's nothing in "From a Buick 8" that should drive the budget over $20 million."
Look man, in all honesty, maybe 200k for the CG. Use some practical effects. George Lucas simulated an entire universe using Styrofoam and crayons, I think they could do an alien, a big fish, a thumb-bat and some clips of a primeval world without hitting Dark of the Moon
s budget. Hire some hungry actors. On set location in Pennsylvania. Get a tax credit. Boom. Might not be the best movie ever made, but it would be faithful to material and wouldn't cost sh*t.
minkowskiwrites: on April 14th, 2013 at 2:30:40 AM
So I was a little wrong. lol. 42 made some money, more than I thought but so far not nearly a strong enough initial showing to make what other people thought it would make, plus the predominate audience is, was well over 25, just as I and other people predicted.
Exactly cress! Lol And mink Shawshank is an easy second for me lol
Christine sucked, The mist was awesome, Cats eye was dumb, Didn't care for Salems lot, Liked dream catcher, Pet Cemetary was good but the sequel sucked, Sometimes they come back was just f*cking dumb, IT was great, That one with Johnny Depp was alright lol
I'd like for Someone to make a film adaption of 'The Talisman' already, That story sounds amazing. And the next Stephen king FILM is 'a good marriage' which is near complete last time I checked, I've got the story and will read before the films out, It's only like 80 pages lol
And the next TV series is going to Under The Doom which is set to have its premier In what? A month? Lol Can't wait.