During a recent interview with producer Jason Blum, we got some info on another film on his already full slate, the remake of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, with “American Horror Story”‘s Ryan Murphy. Read on for details.
When asked what prompted Blum to want to get involved in the project, the producer had this to say…
“Well, Ryan Murphy found the movie and brought it to me and said he wanted to do it so I didn’t find it necessarily. I think he’s an amazing creative force, especially with ‘American Horror Story.’ I think he thinks about horror in a very unique way, and so when he pitched it to me, I really wanted to work with him on it. But I didn’t know the movie well.”
Blum continues, “So that’s what got me interested in the project at first. And so the whole point of why my business exists and why I’m such a fanatic about making movies for not a lot of money is that you have to keep doing different stuff. The same relationship I have with The Purge I have with The Town that Dreaded Sundown. That’s the fun thing about when you don’t have a $20 million movie, which is a typical studio budget, or a $180 million tent pole movie to create- you can try new stuff. It might work, it might not work but we can always try things. This is a weird movie to remake, but I love doing weird things.”
“American Horror Story” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct the remake of the 1976 Charles B. Pierce horror classic with Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum producing. Addison Timlin, Travis Tope, Veronica Cartwright, Gary Cole, and Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project) star.
In the flick Timlin plays Jami, a girl who survives a copycat massacre at the film’s annual tribute screening and sets out to solve the mystery of who’s recreating the unsolved Sackhead murders, using clues from her own past. Travis Tope plays a classmate who befriends Timlin’s character and decides to make a documentary about the search for the killer. Cole is a deputy who is doggedly pursuing the killer, and Leonard will play the deputy assigned to protect Jami and her grandmother (Cartwright) who is raising her after her parents die in a car accident.
The original movie was based on five unsolved murders attributed to the Phantom Killer during three months in 1946 in and around the city of Texarkana on the border between Texas and Arkansas. Pierce shot large parts of the movie in and around Texarkana with extras recruited from local residents.
Look for more on this one as it comes.
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