Remember The Frighteners? Yeah, it looks as though it may get a reboot soon, though maybe not as you’d expect.
The 1996 horror comedy film starring Michael J. Fox apparently has been picked up by Charlize Theron (Bombshell, Fast & Furious 8, Max Max: Fury Road) and her production company Denver and Delilah Productions, and could instead be a TV series.
According to Bloody Disgusting, the new take in The Frighteners is “stripped of humour”, which might put off some fans of the eccentricity of the original movie, which was directed by Peter Jackson. However, this potential new tone is in line with the company’s resume of grounded films including the likes of Mindhunter and Atomic Blonde.
The Frighteners follows the story of Frank Bannister, an architect-turned ghost hunter who has the unique ability to communicate with the dead, and sets out to save the spirits of his town from being consumed by the Grim Reaper. The movie opened in theatres in 1996, and though it became a cult hit among horror fans, ultimately flopped at the box office, grossing only US$29.3 million worldwide.
Whether this potential revival of The Frighteners is true remains to be seen.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.