Former Fox & New Line Executive Planning 'Sleepaway Camp' Reboot
by Ethan Anderton
November 1, 2013
It's the day after Halloween, but there's still some horror news showing up today. First of all, for anyone who is a fan of the 1983 slasher film Sleepaway Camp, Shout Factory will be releasing the original uncut version of the film on Blu-Ray for the first time next spring. And hot on the heels of that announcement, Deadline has word that Jeff Katz, a former executive of 20th Century Fox and New Line, has optioned the remake rights to the film from writer/director-turned-lawyer Robert Hiltzik, producer Michele Tatosian, and actress Felissa Rose. As expected, the horror story will be updated to take place in a modern setting.
Katz wants to turn the reboot into "a new film series that echoes its legacy and the psychosexual elements that made the first pic such a memorable cult favorite." The original horror film spawned three sequels from other filmmakers while Hiltzik held onto the remake rights for years. However, the filmmaker decided to direct Return to Sleepaway Camp in 2003, a sequel that ignored the other films and continued the story after the first film. However, it took five years for the visual effects to be completed, and the film was given an unceremonious direct-to-video release by Magnolia in 2008. Now it sounds like Hiltzik has trusted in somebody to remake the original film and start yet another horror remake series. Sound good?