Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Remaking Roger Corman's X
by Alex Billington
March 11, 2009
Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, best known as the guy who directed 28 Weeks Later, has been hired by MGM to develop a remake of Roger Corman's 1963 horror film X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes. The original starred Ray Milland as a scientist who is close to achieving a breakthrough in x-ray vision technology when his funding is cut off. Desperate to show results, the doc applies the eye drops to himself eventually loses control over his growing powers. It's not exactly one of Corman's greats, but it is certainly one of his classics, and I'm actually very excited to see Fresnadillo rework for modern times.
Of course, the first recent horror movie about eyes that comes to mind is Jessica Alba's The Eye, but I don't think this will be anything like that. The Eye was a remake of a Chinese horror movie, not a Roger Corman classic. Fresnadillo is searching for a writer for this new project, and will develop it and direct it when ready. Fresnadillo had directed a film called Intacto before 28 Weeks Later, but he hasn't taken any jobs since that came out in May of 2007. It'll be good to see him return because I actually think he has a distinct style that worked well in 28 Weeks Later and I'm interested in seeing him continue to develop his directing.