Alex Winter's The Gate Remake Secures German Funding
Another day, another remake. But this is one I'm actually looking forward to seeing. Way back in February we wrote about a remake of Stephen Dorff's 1987 creature feature The Gate that was going to be directed by one Bill S. Preston, Esquire, aka Alex Winter. At the time this was only in the early development stages, however, Bloody Disgusting has confirmed that H20 Motion Pictures, the production company behind this remake, has received the funding it needs to get this into production this year. Multiple German investors have given them roughly $3.1 million to make this Germany's first 3D live action film. Anyone excited?
The Gate, directed by Hungarian filmmaker Tibor Takács and starring Stephen Dorff, was 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. After starring in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Winter directed Freaked and the indie thriller Fever. Shooting on this remake will start this summer at a studio in Cologne, Germany. The visual effects will be handled by Pixomondo, whose recent work includes Roland Emmerich's 2012 and James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin.
As I said at the start, I'm actually looking forward to this, beyond the fact that it's being directed by Bill from Bill & Ted. It's got a modestly small budget and a great little concept, which is just about everything it needs to become a badass remake. Although as always I'm worried about the 3D. We'll be following this closely!