The Hollywood Reporter
During the 1950s and 1960s filmmaker Roger Corman created several classic horror films based upon the work of 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe. When it comes to the macabre, few do it better than Poe, and Corman captured that perfectly. Now Roger is getting ready to start anew.
According to THR at age 86(!) Roger Corman is remaking eight of his classic films based on the works of Poe – House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Premature Burial, Tales of Terror, The Raven, The Haunted Palace, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Tomb of Ligeia.
This time Corman will produce but not direct the films, with the first to shoot in 2013, followed by two a year after that on budgets of $2 million to $2.5 million (the originals were shot for $250,000 to $350,000, not adjusting for inflation, on 15-day schedules).
The new productions will be self-financed by Corman’s New Horizons Productions, which will give the films at least a short domestic theatrical release and offer international rights at the American Film Market.
“Now being able to do them in 3D and with a lot of computer graphics, we can do things we never dreamed of doing before,” he says.
But that won’t include more violence.
“Poe always worked with the unconscious mind, and there’s a lot of fantasy,” he explains.
Corman, honored at the first Governors Awards in 2009, says his biggest concern is replacing his legendary leading man Vincent Price, who died in 1993. Corman hopes to find a fiftysomething actor known from TV who, he says, can bring the same level of “sensitivity and neuroticism that Vincent was able to bring.”
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