James Wan may have dipped his toe into blockbuster territory with movies like Furious 7 and Aquaman, but he is still best known as a horror director. He is now putting his name behind a lot of genre films as a producer and, for better or worse, some of those projects are remakes. The good news is that he seems to be choosing remakes where the original can be improved upon in some way. A few months ago we heard that he was setting up a new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers and now he’s also developing a remake of the 1990 film Arachnophobia. Hit the jump for more info.
According to Deadline, James Wan’s Atomic Monster production company and Amblin Entertainment are teaming up for a new version of Arachnophobia. The original film was directed by Frank Marshall and starred John Goodman and Jeff Daniels, taking in $53 million back in 1990. It has since been mostly forgotten, which arguably makes it ripe for a remake.
The original was more of a horror-comedy but it is unclear if they are planning to maintain the same tone. No writer or director is currently attached although James Wan will not direct himself. Frank Marshall will also executive produce. Are you interested in seeing a new version of Arachnophobia?