The Driller Killer getting a Platinum Dunes reboot

A new version is in the works

Platinum Dunes have greenlit a remake of Abel Ferrara's 1979 horror classic, The Driller Killer.

The original gained cult notoriety when it was given 'video nasty' status. It wasn't released uncut in the UK until 2002, and a Brit remake was mooted a few years ago.

A new generation of moviegoers will now miss out on the original's delirious thrills, thanks to the plan to return the action to art college, to look at the formative years of Reno, the psychopath with a penchant for hand-tools (played by director Ferrara in the original).

Aiming squarely at a younger audience, the film will focus on artistic misfit Reno's struggles to fit in with the cool cliques.

The film's been allocated a reasonable budget, which will probably afford it a glossy music-video sheen.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Nightmare on Elm Street reboots proved that too much backstory is poison for scares, and Driller Killer 2.0 seems to have even less reverence for its source than those earlier efforts.

Mark us down as concerned.

Which teen hunk du jour do you think they'll cast as Reno? What the hell are they going to remake next? Your comments please...

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    • Bennyj75

      Apr 1st 2011, 11:49

      April Fool.......?

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Apr 1st 2011, 11:57

      Yeah, click on the link to the horror movie post. Surely someone could have thought of an April fool people would have actually cared about like they've cancelled production of the spiderman film or Brendan Fraser is going to be the next batman. They would have annoyed people. This is just meh.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Apr 1st 2011, 12:00

      Or maybe it's a double bluff and this is a genuine article. Still meh.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Apr 1st 2011, 14:10

      The sad thing is, you know it's just a matter of time before this isn't a joke. Oh, and Brendan Fraser as Batman? If you've seen Gods And Monsters or The Passion Of Darkly Noon, you'll know that isn't necessarily such a terrible idea...

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Apr 1st 2011, 16:52

      Not seen either of them. Only ever seen Fraser in his trashy crowd pleasers. I've heard Gods and Monsters shows a bit more chops than I've seen.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Apr 1st 2011, 18:13

      Yeah, both good films with strong performances. I don't why he doesn't try a bit harder more often, because he's actually a good actor.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Apr 1st 2011, 19:13

      Apparently there has actually been a remake/return of Driller Killer in the pipeline since 2007. But seriously, a remake couldn't do anything to ruin an already mediocre film.

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