'Oculus' Director Remaking 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' Now

September 15, 2014
Source: Deadline

I Know What You Did Last Summer

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.

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    I hope they get Gellar/Prince Jr. to do something in this one. Maybe be teachers or something.
  • NathanDewey
    Make a new slasher.
    • OfficialJab
      They're usually all the same anyway. The Collector was very good though. Laid to Rest and its sequel were all right too.
  • Stephen Ritchie
    Hello Hollywood, if you are reading this it is just a small list of films I would like you to remake that you haven't remade yet. The list follows as; Jaws Platoon Fight Club The Godfather Apocalypse Now Taxi Driver Trainspotting Donnie Darko and The Matrix Please remake these films Hollywood, we as movie fans would gladly appreciate a remake of these classics. Thank you.
    • OfficialJab
      I could get on board with Donnie Darko, and maybe Apocalypse Now. Much as I don't like how he's suggested for everything, Nolan might be a good fit for either. I'm afraid Apocalypse Now would just be a cgi-fest though.
      • Matthew South
        I wouldn't mind seeing Apocalypse Now as it was intended, without Marlon Brando's massive...ego mucking it up.
    • ragethorn
      Donnie Darko rules.
    • avconsumer2
      Can't tell if sarcastic or serious.
    • Ricardo_PT
      I heard they were planning on remaking Donnie Darko with Zac Effron as the lead, split into two films and shot a la Blair Witch Project. Sounds great!
  • SkyNet300
    Lol why not I suppose. Slashers are dumb anyway.
  • avconsumer2
    What a coincidence! I'm doing a screenplay for "I Know What Movie Not To See Next Summer!"
  • Bill
    Ignoring Oculus wasn't very good... why reboot something yet again that wasn't very good in the first place.
  • Ricardo_PT
    "one of the better and more captivating original horror films in recent memory with Oculus, a truly mind-bending little flick". What?! I thought Oculus was mediocre at best. Lame acting, lame story, lame scares. The only thing mind-blending was the editing, that was, imo, all over the place and damaged the final product. You could see the ending miles away as well.
  • Jeff Prioleau




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