Andy Fickman is teaming with Roseblood Movie Company and Twisted Pictures to develop four remakes from RKO's horror heyday, including three that were produced by Val Lewton. Fickman will direct at least one of the films, according to Variety.
Roseblood is the horror/thriller division of RKO Pictures, and Twisted is the horror division of Evolution Entertainment, financiers and producers of the Saw series. The companies will co-finance the films.
The remake properties are the Jacques Tourneur-directed I Walked With a Zombie (1943); the Robert Wise-directed Bela Lugosi-Boris Karloff starrer The Body Snatcher (1945); the Mark Robson-directed Karloff starrer Bedlam (1946); and the John Farrow-directed Lucille Ball-John Carradine starrer Five Came Back (1939).
The first three pics were produced by Lewton when he ran the horror division of the original RKO. Lewton co-wrote both Bedlam and The Body Snatcher under the pseudonym Carlos Keith.
"After Frankenstein and the Wolfman came Lewton and RKO, and what they lacked in budgets they made up for with atmosphere, imagination and great directors making horror with psychological flair," Fickman told Daily Variety. "It was on the heels of WWII, when Nazi Germany showed that the scariest enemy might be the person who looked like your next door neighbor. It didn't have to be some creature."