Alex Winter is Remaking Stephen Dorff's The Gate?!
by Alex Billington
February 12, 2009
What the hell is this? Pun definitely intended. According to the Twitter for the very unreliable Production Weekly (via SlashFilm), the 1987 creature feature The Gate is being remade. Great, another remake we can forget about, right? Well, according to PW, Alex Winter is directing this in 3D - the very same Alex Winter that starred as Bill S. Preston, Esq. in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Now you might start to understand why I'm wondering what this is? Believe it or not, Winters has actually directed a few things before this, including a thriller called Fever from 1999 and a few of the Ben 10 movies on the Cartoon Network.
The Gate, directed by Hungarian filmmaker Tibor Takács and starring Stephen Dorff, is about three kids who accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in their backyard. I guess you could say it's kind of a cult classic now, but apparently it was pretty scary when it came out in 1987. Honestly, this sounds like the right kind of movie for a remake, but I'm just not sure about this Winters guy. Sure, he kicked some ass as Bill, but can he really direct? And are we sure this isn't some sort of straight-to-DVD or made-for-TV kind of kids movie? I hope it's not, but at this point, we don't know much.