We’ve been sitting on this news for a while now, but the cat is now officially out of the bag: Slay bells will ring once again as Automaton Transfusion director Steven C. Miller takes the directorial reins of a remake of Charles E. Sellier, Jr.’s ’80’s slasher Santa flick Silent Night, Deadly Night.
To be produced by Richard Saperstein (The Mist), Brian Witten (Chernobyl Diaries) and Shara Kay (The Barrens), the Silent Night, Deadly Night retool is set to go before cameras next month in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with Malcolm McDowell starring as Sheriff Cooper, a small-town hero ready for some big-time action. Miller will direct from a script by exec producer Jayson Rothwell. Anchor Bay has picked up North American distribution rights to the project that will unspool this holiday season.
Released to much controversy in 1984 due to its ad campaign which depicted an axe-wielding Santa Claus, the original film was summarily pulled from theaters two weeks after its release following angry picketers, only to discover a new life upon its subsequent release to VHS a year later. The original revolved around a teenager who embarks on a killing spree dressed as Saint Nick following the murder of his parents and abuse suffered by the hands of the orphanage’s Mother Superior in which he’s forced to live. There’s no word yet on how closely the remake will follow this narrative, although rest assured there will undoubtedly be a homicidal Kris Kringle at its center.
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