Cujo, the 1983 horror classic, is getting the remake treatment from Sunn Classic Pictures, with the new title C.U.J.O., which stands for Canine Unit Joint Operations. DJ Perry is set to star, with Lang Elliott, the head of Sunn Classic Pictures, set to direct. No story details were given at this time, but a press release discovered by Film School Rejects reveals that the screenplay by an unspecified writer is complete and development is under way.
The original movie is based on Stephen King's 1981 novel of the same name, which centers on a massive St. Bernard dog that contracts rabies and unleashes a reign of terror on an unsuspecting small town. Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Christopher Stone and Ed Lauter starred in the original, which took in $21 million at the box office from a $5 million budget. It isn't known what character DJ Perry will play, or if there are plans to bring back any of the original movie's stars for supporting role.
The use of the acronym in the title alone indicates that this movie remake will deviate heavily from Stephen King's story, hinting that there could be several different versions of these rabid dogs, but we're not quite sure at this time. It also isn't known when production may begin, or if any major studio such as Warner Bros., which distributed the original horror-thriller, or Lionsgate, which put out the Blu-ray release, will be involved. If not, it's possible that this reboot will go straight to video. What do you think about this reboot?