Another Weinstein Reboot: Stephen King's Children of the Corn
by Brandon Lee Tenney
September 8, 2009
Another day, another remake. According to Variety and the still-surviving Weinstein Company, Stephen King's classic short story Children of the Corn is set to be re-imagined and brought to the screen yet again. Previously seen in the 1984 film, directed by Fritz Kiersch, the book tells the story of a boy preacher who persuades the children in a small Nebraska town to kill all of the adults. Tapped to transform King's prose to script is Ehren Kruger, who is unfortunately co-responsible for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen most recently. Yikes, I know. More horror reboots? Couldn't this classic just stay a classic forever?
"We felt the [original] film was a missed opportunity," said Bob Weinstein. "If you read the short story, it's got such a strong feeling to it and there's this religious overtone to it as well. Ehren wants to hit it hard. It's popular in Hollywood to say you [are] re-envisioning a project, but a lot of the time they're just carbon copying the original. We are bringing something new to the story."
I'm not sure if I really want Ehren Kruger to bring anything to this story at all. Let's just run down Kruger's past credits, shall we? As aforementioned, his most recent credit is the atrocity that was Transformers 2, before that Blood and Chocolate (Don't remember that? It's okay, no one else does either!), before that The Brothers Grimm, The Skeleton Key, The Ring 1 & 2, and Scream 3. If psychology has taught us anything, it's that the best predictor of the future is the past. And, to be honest, Kruger's past isn't pointing toward a particularly bright future for what is a very good, very creepy Stephen King classic, and a classic original horror film in its own right. So there you have it. Am I being overly harsh? Or, well, not harsh enough?