Director Andy Fickman on RKO Remakes

Andy Fickman talks remakesAs you may recall, RKO announced a deal with Twisted Pictures earlier last year, and as a result there has been a lot of chatter amongst the two companies about horror remakes. ComingSoon published an interview with director Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain), who will be producing I Walked with a Zombie for RKO and Twisted Pictures, about some of them.

From the interview:

“I loved I Walked with a Zombie,” he told the site. “I remember catching it on a big screen at some revival house. I thought it was one of the most beautiful horror films in terms of the looks with shadows. Of all of them, Body Snatcher will probably be the one that I’ll direct and I thought that it was great in terms of the medical community today, and there was a lot of stories that were in the press.

“Bedlam was also another one that I remember Boris Karloff and how creepy the world was,” Fickman continues. “Then we took one of the RKO movies that had not been from the Val Lewton library, which was Five Came Back, an old Lucille Ball movie, and it’s more of an action-drama. We came up with a spin that really worked within the confines of what this horror world was. Yeah, these were movies that I loved because, like Cat People, which was also part of that library, they were coming in the ‘40s after Universal really laid the groundwork with all the creature features, with Frankenstein and Dracula and The Wolf Man and Mummy and all of that. RKO didn’t have as much money and so they really had to go for the classic smoke and mirrors. We’ll do it shadows, we’ll do it with fog, we’ll do it with lights, and people like Robert Wise, one of my favorite directors, cut his chops on those movies. Yeah, I looked at it as a great challenge. They’re not titles that even sometimes the strongest cinephiles that I speak to are vaguely familiar with one or two of those, usually Cat People, they’re like, ‘Oh, okay, I know that.’”

I Walked With a Zombie will be directed by Adam Marcus. Hit the above link for the full interview, and keep it locked right here as more develops.

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  • Gus Bjork

    It will be interesting if they stay with the Lewton formula. At heart each is a romance, three scenes of implied violence and one explicit.

  • FilmCritic3000

    Uh, “I Walked With A Zombie” was already remade as “Tales From The Crypt Presents Ritual” (not an official “Tales from the Crypt” movie; those bookended Crypt Keeper segments stitched on were *awful*).

    • Uncle Creepy

      Indeed it was. And it was pretty crappy too.

  • The Butcher

    QUOTE “They’re not titles that even sometimes the strongest cinephiles that I speak to are vaguely familiar with one or two of those, usually Cat People, they’re like, ‘Oh, okay, I know that.”

    Give me a fucking break. People who wouldn’t know the better part of the Lewton titles from RKO are NOT cinemaphiles by any stretch. Walking the border between horror and noir, Lewton’s work was revolutionary and has always been highly revered among film lovers. Sorry, and not to sound like an elitist, but if you aren’t familiar with I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, BEDLAM, ISLE OF THE DEAD, etc from the production canon of Mr. Val Lewton and his cohort Jaques Tournier (Lewton produced, Tournier directed most of the time) you can in no way be held up and called a cinemaphile. We’re not talking “genre fan” here, we’re talking “cinemaphile”.

    Mandatory knowledge of other greats like Antonioni, Altman, Kubrick, Robert Evans, etc is also required if you are going to call yourself a “cinemaphile”.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I am in the middle of watching “The Bicycle Thief”…thanks.

    • DavidFullam

      Agreed. Someone also needs to tell this guy that Five Came Back is certainly much more than “an old Lucille Ball movie.” No offense intended to Mrs. Ball.