If you’ve seen Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, then you already know how insane the pairing of Nicolas Cage and filmmaker Werner Herzog proved to be. That madness probably won’t compare with what the duo have in store for us when they reteam later this year for a remake of Dr. Giggles.
Manny Coto’s 1992 slasher comedy Dr. Giggles cast Darkman villain Larry Drake as Doctor Evan Rendell, a deranged doc that murders his victims with an arsenal of exaggerated medical equipment while quipping bad medical puns and earning his nickname “Dr. Giggles” with a loony high-pitched laugh. The movie was something of a box office dud but has since garnered a small cult following.
Count Nicolas Cage amongst members of the Dr. Giggles fanbase. Cage shared his fondness for the film with director Werner Herzog during shooting of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and the two cooked up a wild idea for a remake that will take the psycho surgeon “beyond the typical teen slasher genre“, tells a source at Millenium Films, producers of both that and this remake, tentatively titled Dr. Giggles: Prescription for Terror.
Our source further adds, “They intend to bring the same sensibility to this project they brought to Bad Lieutenant. A crazy character study about a mentally unstable doctor that finally loses his grip on sanity and becomes a giggling serial killer. If you think you’ve seen Cage play crazy before, just wait until you see what he and (Herzog) have in store.”
Contacting Cage through his Twitter account for comment on the story, the only response he was willing to give was “April Fool’s!”
In response to a follow-up question asking him if he really is serious about going through with a planned sequel to Ghost Rider, Cage Twittered back: “That one is not just a bad joke.”
Are you sure about that, Mr. Cage?
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