Look, we've told you before, Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
27th Apr 05
Bob Clark is a bit of a hero of ours here, beginning with the low-budget gem Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (CSPWDT) which he co-wrote with his star, Alan Ormsby. The two then moved on to make the mightily fine Dead of Night (aka Deathdream - see our review here) before Bob Clark went his separate way and made the ultimate Halloween-inspiring slasher movie Black Christmas (see our Zombie Club here).
Taking a break from all things horror, Clark then went on to direct the classic Porky's and not-quite-so classic Porky's 2, but has since fallen (Fudge-a-mania and The Karate Dog anyone?), so it's great news to hear that the Los Angeles-based director-producer has now teamed up with Toronto producer Victor Solnicki to produce a slate of films with budgets ranging from $10-40 million.
Most interestingly, the slate will include a remake of Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things the 1972 Canuck zombie horror pic that was Clark's debut as a writer-director. The first film was about a group of actors led, by Alan Ormsby, who go to graveyard on remote island to act out necromantic ritual by digging up a corpse named Orville. The ritual works, and soon the dead are walking about and chowing down on human flesh.
Clark has penned the new script and will helm the $12 million-budgeted pic. It will be a Canada-U.K. co-production with London-based Hamish Gibson co-producing, and will hopefully start shooting in September in British Columbia.
Meanwhile, 2929 Prods. are currently remaking Black Christmas, the 1974 Canuck horror thriller that was directed by Clark and produced by Solnicki's company. James Wong and Glen Morgan (Final Destination) are producing with Morgan writing and directing. Solnicki (who also produced many of Cronenberg's earlier efforts including Scanners and Videodrome) is also a producer.