The 1997 teen slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer is getting a remake.
Deadline reports that Sony have hired Oculus writer-director Mike Flanagan and his writing partner Jeff Howard to script a remake of the horror that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Johnny Galecki and Anne Heche.
The original film was written by Kevin Williamson based on the book by Lois Duncan, and directed by Jim Gillespie. Flanagan confirmed on Twitter that he is not currently attached to direct or produce this new movie.
Before we get too “Oh God, why?!?” with this remake news, let’s look at the bright side. The original film is far from a stone-cold classic. In fact, it’s often pointed to as one of the points when studio horror became all about casting young TV stars for bloodless, scare-less snoozefests. In terms of fun, I Know What You Did Last Summer sits well below Urban Legend on that particular totem pole, and it’s certainly a long way away from getting anywhere close to Scream in terms of quality.
So on the plus side, Flanagan and Nichols wrote Oculus, which is great, and they could do something great with the story of four teens who commit a hit-and-run and are stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in a raincoat.
Then again, why?
As we wrestle with our conflicting feelings about this, let’s remind ourselves that it definitely won’t be as bad as I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, which starred Jack Black and his dreadlocks.
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