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Adam Marcus To Walk With A Zombie
Director set for remake of RKO classic

16 March 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Adam Marcus, director of the underrated, if erroneously titled, Friday The 13th sequel, Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, is finally making a return to horror after over fifteen years away.

The 40 year-old director has signed on to direct the remake of RKO’s cult classic, I Walked With A Zombie.

Directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Val Lewton in 1943, the original was a creepy, eerie affair that isn’t a typical zombie film, at least, not in the way that we understand the term now. There are no flesh-eating ghouls here – just a dark and macabre tale involving a Caribbean island, voodoo, and a patient stricken by an apparent illness which seems to involve zombie-like symptoms.

The original was also only 69 minutes long, so there’s plenty of room for Marcus’ remake to expand, and hopefully, improve upon what’s gone before.

Indeed, he’s already begun, retooling the premise so that it now revolves around a private tutor who stumbles upon a terrifying secret while working at the New Orleans home of a wealthy businessman. The relocation to New Orleans instantly brings the likes of Angel Heart to mind, so this could be a very serious, atmospheric affair.

Marcus co-wrote the script with Debra Sullivan, his writing partner on last year’s Conspiracy. RKO’s Ted Hartley will produce, along with Twisted’s Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Carl Mazzocone. Andy Fickman, the Race To Witch Mountain director who can’t stay out of the news today, will executive produce.
 


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Moving it to New Orleans
is more likely to result in a Skeleton Key rubbish horror than a 'serious, atmospheric affair'. More

Posted by bonniee at 14:07 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I walked with a zombie the first time.....
The original was also only 69 minutes long, so there's plenty of room for Marcus' remake to expand, and hopefully, improve upon what's gone before.p; I'd love to have heard more of the areas of the original from Tourneur/Lewton that could be made better by someone who made a Friday the 13th sequel and shows 2 other amazingly forgettable pieces of kak on his CV. More

Posted by elab49 at 14:08 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

I walked with a zombie the first time.....
Why the hell would i want to walk with them again? Think about it, the original movie was of its time, hell even H.P. Lovecraft had created the new ZOMBIE, zombies that eat people with his story HERBERT WEST RE-ANIMATOR, and then GEORGE A.ROMERO creted the modern cinematic zombie, romeros ghouls rewrote the rules, Romeros zombies were no longer poor plantation slaves they were a whole new society, Romeros ghouls are the definitive zombie, lets face it the running ones are f**king stupid, they wi More

Posted by Horrorguru at 13:58 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

As Eddie in Early Doors would possibly* comment :
"Unnecessary, Ken" Doesn't need to be re-made, re-imagined, re-booted or anything else beginning with re. If a re-make of 'night/curse** of the demon' is announced, i'm starting up a posse (does anyone know where I can get pitch-forks and burning torches wholesale?) *After going on about temporary traffic lights, a dead tortoise and the dog who found the stolen world cup (Pickles) **depending on your persuasion, title wise. More

Posted by jayphex at 12:57 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

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