Horror Movie Remakes Round-Up

Updated May 31, 2015

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At any given time, there are no less than two dozen horror movie remakes in various stages of development, and if you think the remake train ends here, you haven't been watching too many Hollywood movies lately. But as for now, here's a rundown of what you can expect over the next couple of years.

American Psycho: In December 2011, Lionsgate announced that it was developing a remake of the cult fave serial killer movie.

Noble Jones, was been tapped to write and make his feature film directorial debut on a "micro-budget" remake of American Psycho. There has been little movement since then, and word in September 2013 of am American Psycho TV show may put the movie in jeopardy.

An American Werewolf in London: In June 2009, it was announced that Dimension Films was developing a remake of the classic 1981 werewolf tale, although at the time, no writers, director or stars had been decided.

Angel Heart: In September 2008, the remake rights to the supernatural noir mystery were acquired by producers Michael De Luca, Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta, but no further progress has been reported.

Anguish: Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures announced in February 2009 that it will remake this 1987 English-language Spanish film with a unique movie-within-a-movie concept about a killer stalking moviegoers watching a horror movie.

Art of the Devil: At the end of April 2008, Cerenzie-Peters Productions (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) bought the remake rights to this hit franchise from Thailand. Although each of the three entries thus far has featured a differennt storyline, the remake will focus on the second film's plot about a teacher who exacts gruesome supernatural revenge on students who expose her infidelity and kill her lover.

Expect a 2010 release.

At the End of the Spectra: It was reported in August 2007 that Nicole Kidman was on board to star in this remake of the Colombian film Al Final del Espectro, about an agoraphobic woman who isolates herself in her new apartment, only to discover that it might be haunted. Remake specialist producer Roy Lee was on board to produce, but there has been no discernible movement since then.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: In March 2008, it was announced that the creators of askaninja.com were writing a script for this remake of the low-budget 1978 horror-comedy, but no further movement has been reported.

Battle Royale: The remake of this cult fave from Japan about unsuspecting students dropped off on a deserted island and forced to compete in a "killer takes all" game was postponed indefinitely after the Virginia Tech tragedy.

The Birds: Platinum Dunes, the Michael Bay-led production company responsible for remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror plus the upcoming Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, is in pre-production on a big-budget redo of the Hitchcock classic. It was originally slated to star Naomi Watts, with Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) in talks to direct for a summer 2009 release, but now it's been pushed back to 2011, and Campbell has left the project.

The Blob: After remaking Halloween in 2007, director Rob Zombie announced in August 2009 that he was turning his attention to redoing the 1958 monster movie The Blob, but just as things were getting aligned at Dimension Films, Zombie walked away from the project. There's no official word on whether or not the project is dead, but it appears to be so.

Bride of Frankenstein: Following the announcements of remakes of classic Universal monster movies The Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein was tapped for a remake in June 2009. Neil Burger was in talks at the time to both write and direct.

The Brood: A remake of this David Cronenberg killer kid film was announced in December 2009, with Breck Eisner (The Crazies) attached to direct. He has since dropped out, and the project seems to be in limbo.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In May 2009, it was reported that a "relaunch" of the vampire comedy was being considered, but the project remains in its earliest stages.

Cabin Fever: In April 2014, there were reports that instead of a third sequel to Eli Roth's breakthrough film, there would be a remake -- presumably without Roth's involvement. Cassian Elwes and Evan Astrowsky were named as producers, but there's been little word on progress since then.

Children of the Corn: As a made-for-TV remake of the 1984 Stephen King adaptation was preparing to air on SyFy in September 2009, a theatrical remake was announced by Dimension Films. No release date has been set, but Ehren Kruger (Scream 3, The Ring) has been tapped to write the script.

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things: In July 2012, Fangoria and Anchor Bay Entertainment announced they were teaming to remake the 1972 zombie movie about a band of thespians on a deserted island who awaken the dead with an occult ritual. Tom Savini is scheduled to direct.

Chopping Mall: In November 2011, director Robert Hall (Laid to Rest) purchased the remakes rights to this 1986 killer robot film, with plans to start filming in the spring of 2012. That has yet to happen.

The Craft: A remake of this '90s fare about teen witches in a private high school was announced in May 2015, with Honeymoon filmmaker Leigh Janiak on board to write and direct.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon: This remake was originally scheduled to debut in late 2008, before the remake of another Universal classic, The Wolfman, hits screens in 2009, but it appears to have been delayed by the writers' strike and is now scheduled tentatively for 2011.

Creature was to be directed by Breck Eisner, but he dropped out, and commercial director Carl Rinsch has been rumored to take his place. Bill Paxton reportedly was to be featured but may have dropped out due to the delay.

The Crow: In 2010, Mark Wahlberg was reportedly in talks to star in a remake of the 1994 supernatural comic book adaptation The Crow. In 2011, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) signed on to direct, and Bradley Cooper later was cast in the lead. In August 2011, Cooper left, however, and Fresnadillo left in October. In January 2012, F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) got on board to direct, and in 2013, Luke Evans was hired to star. Shooting is scheduled for 2014.

The Day of the Triffids: In September 2010, plans for a 3-D version of the 1962 killer plant film was announced by producer Michael Preger. The next month, Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures jumped on board to produce, with Raimi reportedly eager to direct.

Death Game: Eli Roth has finished helming a remake of this 1977 psychedelic thriller about a married man who is tormented by two young women he allows into his house. Called Knock Knock, the remake stars Keanu Reeves and premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it sold to Lionsgate.

Death Note: In January 2011, writer-director Shane Black signed on to helm a remake of the Japanese film Death Note, an adaptation of a Japanese comic about a mysterious notebook that causes death to anyone whose name is written in it.

Deathdream: In 2010, a remake of Bob Clark's Deathdream -- about a dead soldier who inexplicably returns home -- was in the works with Grace's Paul Solet in line to direct, but things appear dead at this point.

At the very least, plans to call the remake Zero Dark Thirty will have to change, given the Kathryn Bigelow film beat it to the punch.

Don't Look in the Basement: This low-budget 1973 cult film about patients in an insane running amok will get a similarly low-budget remake, announced in December 2009. Director Josh Vargas is attached to helm it.

The Entity: In April 2015, plans for a remake of the 1983 demonic presence movie were announced, with the talent behind on board: James Wan producing and writers Chad and Carey Hayes penning the script.

Firestarter: Late in 2010, the Dino De Laurentiis Company was reportedly working on a remake of Stephen King's Firestarter, with the writer of Vacancy attached to pen the script, but there's been little movement since then.

Flatliners: In August 2011, Ben Ripley (Source Code) was hired to write a remake of the 1990 supernatural thriller. No cast or director has been named, and no production date has been set.

The Fly: In September 2009, reports swirled that David Cronenberg was in negotiations to remake his own remake of The Fly, although nothing has been finalized.

Friday the 13th: The 13th film in the Friday the 13th franchise was originally a sequel slated for 2010, a year after the 2009 reboot, but reportedly due to studio wrangling, that date came and went without incident. Thanks to a deal between Paramount and Warner Brothers in 2013, however, plans were rejuvenated, this time as yet another reboot. David Bruckner, who co-directed The Signal, boarded the project in the spring of 2014. Plans for a March 13, 2015 release were pushed back to November 13, 2015 and then to May 13, 2016.

The Funhouse: In June 2009, Eli Roth announced plans to produce a remake of this '80s slasher about kids confronted by a mutant killer when they sneak into an amusement park after closing.

The Fury: At the end of April 2008, Fox announced that it had commissioned a script to be written for a remake of the 1978 Brian DePalma flick about a telekinetic man who's kidnapped by the government.

The Gate: A remake of the 1987 monster movie The Gate was confirmed in July 2009. It will reportedly be shot in 3-D and is to be directed by Alex Winter, or Bill from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. It's shooting in the summer of 2010, so it could see the light of day in 2011 -- probably direct to video, given a fairly low budget.

Ghostbusters: After years of rumors of a second Ghostbusters sequel with the original cast, the horror-comedy franchise moved on in 2014 after the death of star Harold Ramis with the announcement that the franchise would be "reboot" with an all-female cast. In January 2015, the cast was confirmed to include Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and current Saturday Night Live members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, with a release date of July 22, 2016.

Gremlinsin the spring of 2013, it was reported that Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were on board to produce a remake of this family-friendly fright flick. A year later, word was that it was still "moving quickly" at Warner Brothers, but with few details.

The Grudge: In March 2014, it was reported that Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, which brought us the three entries in the American series, is producing a reboot. Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) is writing the script.

Halloween: After plans for Halloween 3D with director Patrick Lussier () fell through, things have moved pretty slowly on a new Halloween movie. The latest news is that Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, writers of the Feast and Collector movies, as well as the final four Saw films, have been hired to write what is being called a "recalibration" rather than a remake or reboot.

Hellraiser: A January 9, 2009, date was originally planned for the release of this dark Clive Barker tale of pain, pleasure and Pinhead, but that has been pushed back. A proposed script was reportedly rejected in October 2008, and Pascal Laugier, director of the French shocker Martyrs (itself in line for a remake), dropped out of the director's chair in the summer of 2009. In October 2011, a sequel, Hellraiser: Revelations was released, reportedly just so the studio can maintain the rights to the franchise in order to produce a larger-scale remake.

Hidden in the Woods: An American remake of this low-budget 2012 Chilean thriller about abused siblings living in the middle of the woods whose father runs afoul of a deranged drug kingpin was completed in 2014 with original director Patricio Valladares behind the camera and Michael Biehn and William Forsythe in front of it. It is still awaiting distribution.

The Host: In March 2007, Universal purchased the rights to this Korean monster movie, and by November 2008, Gore Verbinski (The Ring) was on board...to produce. First-time director Fredrik Bond is helming the film.

Housebound: In February 2015, New Line Cinema purchased the remake rights to the New Zealand horror-comedy . Original writer-director Gerard Johnstone will produce but won't write or direct the remake, which follows a young woman on house arrest in her childhood home who begins to sense a presence in the house.

I Know What You Did Last Summer: In September 2014, it was revealed that  writer-director Mike Flanagan was on board to write -- not necessarily direct -- a reboot of the slasher franchise, with an eye for a 2016 release.

I Saw the Devil: In September 2014,  director Adam Wingard and writing partner Simon Barrett signed on to a remake of the Korean thriller I Saw the Devil, a cat-and-mouse game between a secret agent and the serial killer who murdered his fiancee. There's no information on a release date yet, but this seems to be the duo's primary focus right now.

I Saw What You Did: In May 2009, Dark Castle Entertainment announced that it was producing a remake of this '60s William Castle thriller. The company's first two films were Castle remakes, 1999's House on Haunted Hill and 2001's Thirteen Ghosts. Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, the team behind My Bloody Valentine 3D, will write, and Lussier will direct.

I Walked With a Zombie: Twisted Pictures, of Saw fame, made a deal in 2007 to remake several old RKO films, including I Walked With a Zombie. This would be the second remake of the movie, following 2002's Ritual. In March 2011, the working title became Plantation and Liv Tyler and Gary Oldman were rumored to be interested in starring.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Twisted Pictures, of Saw fame, made a deal in 2007 to remake several old RKO films, including Body Snatchers (for the umteenth time).

The Island of Dr. Moreau: In the fall of 2013, Warner Brothers hired the writers of Hemlock Grove to pen a new adaptation of this H.G. Wells novel.

It: In March 2009, it was reported that a remake of the made-for-TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel It was headed for the big screen. In 2012, arthouse director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) climbed aboard to both direct and co-write.

Jacob's Ladder: Plans for a remake of the trippy cult film  were announced in the summer of 2013, with the writer of The Midnight Meat Train on board.

Lifeforce: In May 2015, the Chiller cable TV channel announced a "reimagining" of Tobe Hooper's 1985 film about astronauts who unwittingly bring alien vampires to Earth, whichwas to air on the channel late that year.

Little Shop of Horrors: In April 2009, it was revealed that director Declan O'Brien had acquired the rights to remake the cult classic and was shopping the idea to studios.

In May 2012, it was announced that Marc Platt (Broadway's Wicked) was producing, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt interested in starring.

Martyrs: In December 2008, it was revealed that Dimension was negotiating the rights to remake the infamously brutal French film Martyrs, about an abused woman who seeks revenge on her former captors and ends up with more than she bargained for. In November 2010, 's Daniel Stamm signed on to direct but later dropped out. In February 2015, it was revealed that the remake had been shot secretly by Kevin and Michael Goetz () and was currently in post-production. Bailey Noble and Troian Bellisario star.

Monster Squad: In March 2010, Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company announced plans to remake this family-friendly horror-comedy about a group of boys who battle classic monsters like Dracula, the Wolf Man and Gill-Man. Rob Cohen was reportedly in contention to direct.

Motel Hell: Originally scheduled by to hit theaters in October 2007, this remake of the camp flick about cannibalistic hotel owners was scrapped by MGM, and the rights were sold to Twisted Pictures in February 2008. It now appears to be in "Development Hell."

The Mummy: In the spring of 2012, a "dark, scary" reboot of The Mummy was announced, with a script penned by Jon Spaihts ().

In September of that year, Len Wiseman (Underworld) signed on to direct but later dropped out. 's Andrés Muschietti is rumored to step in as director, with the team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek reboot) producing.

Near Dark: This cult favorite vampire movie was to be remade by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes, but in December 2008, plans were called off.

The Orphanage: In August 2009, it was announced that Guillermo del Toro had co-written an American remake of the Spanish haunted house pic and planned to produce it, as he did with the original. Larry Fessenden () was tabbed to direct, but he later dropped out. No release date has been set.

Pet Sematary: Rumors of George Clooney starring in another adaptation of the Stephen King novel (following the 1989 film) swirled in 2009 but never panned out. In March 2010, Matthew Greenberg was hired to re-write the script, but it wasn't until the fall of 2013 that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was tabbed to direct, breathing life into the long-gestating project. 

Re-Animator: In February 2009, it was announced that producers Ray Haboush and Brian Yuzna were developing a remake, but in April 2012, Sam Raimi stepped in as producer, with David Lindsay-Abaire set to pen the script.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: MTV announced in July 2008 that it was producing a remake of the cult hit musical horror film, with a target date of Halloween 2009. It's not clear yet if it will air on MTV or if it will be an MTV Films production for theatrical release.

Room 205: Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures announced in February 2009 that it will remake this 2007 Danish haunted college dorm tale, which was part of the 2008 Ghost House Underground series of DVDs. The remake was penned by Stephen Susco, writer of and the first two Grudge films, and was to be titled The Dorm, but those plans have stalled. In the meantime, a German remake called 205: Room of Fear was released internationally in 2011 but has yet to be available in the US.

Rosemary's Baby: Platinum Dunes announced in March 2008 that it was pursuing Rosemary's Baby for a remake, but in December, it called off those plans.

The Sentinel: In the spring of 2014, mega-producer Jason Blum jumped on board a remake of the 1977 movie The Sentinel -- about a woman who moves into an apartment building that may be a gateway to Hell -- for Universal Pictures. Things are still in the early stages at this point.

Shivers: In September 2013, a remake of David Cronenberg's low-budget debut about a parasite that turns hosts in a high-rise apartment building into violent sex maniacs was announced, with shooting targeted for February 2014. Danish filmmaker Rie Rasmussen was hired to direct, but casting had yet to begin.

Sleepaway Camp: In the fall of 2013, producer David Katz acquired the rights to remake the '80s slasher "to reboot the Sleepaway Camp mythos in a modern setting."

The Stand: Like It, what was previously a Stephen King TV miniseries is turning into a feature film. In the case of the apocalyptic epic The Stand, it's actually set to become four films, an ambitious plan that in November 2014 had The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone writing and directing and Matthew McConaughey starring as devilish villain Randall Flagg.

The Substitute: In October 2009, it was announced that director Sam Raimi's Ghost House label was starting a "family-friendly" horror offshoot called Spooky Pictures, whose first project would be a remake of the Danish film The Substitute (which was part of the original slate of Ghost House Underground DVDs), about a group of students who suspect that their teacher is an alien. No time table was announced.

Suspiria: In March 2008, director David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) confirmed that he's written the script, although there's no word on when production would begin. In August 2008, Green reiterated that he's working on the film, and a rumor spread that Natalie Portman was on board as the star. In March 2011, Green stated that Portman was interested but that they both decided to go in other directions. He also stated that he hoped Suspiria would be his next film. As of April 2012, the remake was scheduled to film in the fall of 2012 but has since been put on hold.

The Swarm: In November 2010, it was announced that Irwin Allen's notoriously bad 1978 killer bee movie was being remade, with commercial director Ash Bolland attached to direct and Paranormal Activity and The Ring producers on board.

They Live: In December 2008, it was announced that Universal and Strike Entertainment (the duo working on a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing) was in negotiations to acquire the rights to this Carpenter sci fi/horror film in order to craft a remake, with Carpenter as executive producer. In January 2009, Matthijs Van Heijningen was named as the director, and a writer was assigned.

Timecrimes: The acclaimed Spanish time travel thriller is in development as an American remake, with rumors of David Cronenberg's involvement as director swirling, although no concrete announcement has yet been made. In January 2008, United Artists bought the remake rights, and in April 2008, Timothy Sexton (Children of Men) was named as the writer, but no news has come since then.

Troll HunterIn September 2013, it was announced that Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) was on board to direct a remake of the Norwegian found footage film . Production is scheduled to begin in early 2014, with Chris Columbus producing.

Van Helsing: In May 2012, Tom Cruise was attached to star in a "reboot" of the 2004 action-horror hybrid Van Helsing, teaming with the writing/producing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek reboot). The trio's schedule has yet to allow time for any real progress, however.

Videodrome: In April 2009, Universal announced plans to remake David Cronenberg's Videodrome as "a large-scale sci-fi action thriller." No date was set, but Ehren Kruger was named as the writer. Since then, commercial director Adam Berg was added to the project, but there's no word on when production will start.

With a Friend Like Harry: In July 2013, a remake of the 2000 French thriller about a menacing stranger worming his way into a family's life, was announced. Kimberly Peirce, who directed the Carrie remake, is in line to helm the film from a script being written by Wentworth Miller ().