'Oculus' Director Remaking 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' Now
This year, co-writer and director Mike Flanagan delivered one of the better and more captivating original horror films in recent memory with Oculus, a truly mind-bending little flick. And his reward is getting sucked into the Hollywood remake machine as Deadline reports Sony Pictures has hired Flanagan to write and produce a remake of the 1997 teen slasher hit I Know What You Did Last Summer. Flanagan is co-writing with his Oculus writing partner Jeff Howard, based on the 1973 book by Lois Duncan. The studio is looking to fast-track the film through development and have it in theaters by 2016. More below!
It's hard to believe it's been 17 years since the original film came out (which spawned a hastily put together and inferior sequel the following year. The film was made at the height of popularity of young stars like Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar, which just goes to show you how times have changed. But they haven't changed enough to avoid regurgitating the same horror titles every other decade (sometimes even more frequently). Maybe they'll change up the story enough to make it work, but a killer stalking teens who covered up a fatal car accident can only be so interesting. But with Neal Moritz coming back to produce a remake of the franchise he started, it'll probably just be a cash grab.