It seems like a day can't go by without news coming out of another remake being in the works. Today it's Roger Corman's (the man who gave us such B-movies as Death Race 2000 and The Little Shop of Horrors, amongst many others) 1960s flick X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes that's being remade.
Well, at least they're doing a bit of digging into movie history as opposed to just remaking the first thing they lay their eyes on...
Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) has struck a deal with MGM to make a film based on Corman's '60s flick - it will be produced by Mandeville Film partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman along with Enqirue Lopez Lavigne, and will be executive produced by Lou Arkoff.
For those of you who don't know, here is the synopsis of the original:
Ray Milland stars as a scientist who is near a breakthrough in X-ray vision technology when his funding is cut off. Desperate to show results, the doc applies eye drops that eventually cause him to lose control over his growing powers.
Fresnadillo hasn't directed a film since 28 Weeks Later which was a couple of years ago now, but is in Hollywood this week meeting with writers for X (as is the presumed title for the time being).
I have to be totally honest and say that I hadn't heard of the original 1963 film before I read this news. But going by the synopsis it's certainly a unique story that, because of the possible futuristic directions they could with the whole x-ray angle, combined with the obvious horror aspect, could shape up to be something pretty cool.
Screen Rant will have it's eye on this one and will keep you up-to-date on its progress through the development stages.
By any chance are there any B-movie lovers out there who have seen the original? And if so is a remake warranted?
Sources: ComingSoon.net and Variety