We first learned that the remake of the 1976 horror film The Town That Dreaded Sundown was in development at MGM this past November. Now comes word through Heat Vision that Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy is teaming up with producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity franchise) on the project.
Furthermore, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon who directed five episodes of American Horror Story: Asylum is in talks to direct the horror remake, which has a script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie remake, Glee). Gomez-Rejon has previously also helmed a number of episodes of Glee as well as he was a second unit director on Argo.
Murphy revealed that they’re doing a ‘weird meta thing with it’ that it will be a modern day take on the story:
The movie I was the most freaked out by as a child was this movie that no one ever saw called The Town That Dreaded Sundown… I had just started to babysit my brother, and the ads for that movie would come on and I’d get freaked out. I went to (Blum) with this and MGM was gracious enough to let us do it with them. So we’re doing a modern-day version remake, weird meta thing with (it).
Moreover, Heat Vision claims:
MGM is aiming to produce the remake on a low budget and keep the original’s cinema verite style. The remake is said to have horror-movie tones and elements of a procedural in the vein of David Fincher’s Zodiac.
The original 1976 film, directed by and co-starring Charles B. Pierce, was a docudrama about a mass murderer who terrorized the communities of Texarkana in the spring of 1946 and was never caught.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown remake is scheduled to film this spring.