An old karloff flick is next up on the remake drive...
Years ago, RKO was one of the huge Hollywood studios. It isn't anymore, but as part of the company's revitalization, they're re-doing a lot of the company's library. Recently, a deal was made for a Body Snatcher remake, and now they're getting creepy again by modernizing the old Boris Karloff film, Isle of the Dead. They don't have a director on the project yet, but they have tapped screenwriters Brian Horiuchi and newcomer Matt Lazarus to pen the remake. According to The Hollywood Reporter, RKO CEO Ted Hartley says: "Val Lewton made his name by taking the horror genre to a new place. Brian and Matt have the same kind of genre-bending sensibilities that will give this classic tale the perfect blend of contemporary themes and timeless scares."
Well, I guess if you're making a remake, it's a big plus that the original is over 60 years old. It's a bit better than the remakes that come only 10-20 years after the first. Now, the original film from 1945 is about a Greek commander (Karloff) on an island where a terrible plague erupts. He quarantines the island, and the people on it succumb to the plague and die. However, some start to wonder if a vampire is the actual cause of the death. To make things more modern, RKO is going to move the setting over to a viral outbreak in Afghanistan. Personally, I'd really love to see them go a step further and have it be about the SARS craziness -- vamps preying mainly on sick and old people, not young, hot things. THAT is something we haven't seen before.
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