'Cujo' To Be Remade Sometime This Year
Stephen King seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity of late. Not that he was ever unpopular, really, but with the upcoming Carrie remake, the Under the Dome miniseries on its way, talks of a Shining prequel, and the release of his own Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, it feels like the late 80s/early 90s, when King adaptations were everywhere.
Well, add another remake onto the pile of projects: Bloody Disgusting reports that Cujo, King's 1981 novel and subsequent film adaptation, will receive the CGI rabid dog treatment sometime this year (I'm just assuming that bit about the CGI, but I'm probably right). 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the film.
Lang Elliot, President & CEO of Sunn Classic Pictures, Inc., the same company that produced the original 1983 film, announced the remake in a press release. Not surprisingly, the talk was less about story, more about dollars:
The 1983 version was highly successful at the worldwide box-office and, compared with today’s inflation and higher ticket prices, the box-office would be well over $225 million even without ancillary sales (i.e., DVD, cable, free television, pay-per-view, etc.).
In other words, $unn Classic Pictures wants to get real paid.
King writes at length about Cujo in his fantastic guide On Writing, revealing that he barely remembers creating the book, as he wrote it during his binge drinking and cocaine days.
Cujo is, admittedly, not my favorite novel in the King oeuvre, but I disliked the 1983 movie even more, so there is potential to improve upon both here. Yet at the same time, CGI dog. Probably bad CGI dog at that. I could be wrong, but...
What does everyone else think?
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