It seems as though Stephen King’s name is everywhere at the moment. Much has been made of the immensely talented author’s upcoming sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, but then there are all of the TV and film adaptations of his works that are scheduled for the near future. A TV series based on his lengthy page turner Under The Dome is in development, then there’s the upcoming remake of Carrie that’s due out this year, as well as the recently announced prequel to The Shining, The Overlook Hotel, that will be written by Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara.
As if all of that wasn’t enough now it seems as though a new take on King’s killer dog tale Cujo could be in the works.
More detail below.
Sunn Classic Pictures has announced that they are planning to remake Cujo later this year, with 2013 marking the thirty year anniversary since the original 1983 film debuted, which Sunn also produced and distributed. The original film was a huge box-office hit which, when taking into account inflation and higher ticket prices, would have grossed approximately $225 million today (excluding ancillary sales such as DVD, cable, free television, pay-per-view, etc.).
“Cujo is the story of a large, playful St. Bernard dog that is transformed into a hideous killing machine after being infected by rabies. Donna Trenton’s car is on the fritz, and she and her son take her ailing automobile to their mechanic. Upon their arrival, the car stalls and refuses to restart. The mechanic fails to appear so Donna searches for him. The transformed, maniacal Cujo reveals himself; he is highly agitated and very aggressive. Donna hardly recognizes this filthy, monstrous creature foaming at the mouth. Suddenly Cujo charges Donna, who barely makes it back into the car for protection. Trapped with her son and the windows rolled up, the sweltering heat begins to take its toll. Cujo’s powerful state of insanity and violence await.”
Here’s a sales trailer for the remake:
The original Cujo was directed by Lewis Teague and starred Dee Wallace and Danny Pintauro.
No casting details have been released for the remake just as yet.
Although while this news is certainly intriguing, I won’t believe this remake is on the way until we see some more concrete evidence. Sunn Pictures haven’t produced anything since 1987, so it doesn’t even appear as though the studio is even active. With that said a Cujo remake could be good if it does happen, but only as long as it doesn’t feature a CGI St. Bernard.
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