Insiders at Sony has given Moviehole the word on the next horror remake the company is planning : Silent Night, Deadly Night. Here is what the website has to say about the production of this film:
The next old horror classic to get the revamp treatment is the 80s Killer Santa jaunt, which you'll recall told of a kid, after his parents are murdered, who goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage were he was abused by the Mother Superior. (An idea for the redo: Kid dresses up as Killer Santa with a plan to bring home the head of Tim Allen).
The championing producers are David Foster (The Thing) and Ryan Heppe. SG's Nick Phillips and Scott Strauss are also onboard.
You'll recall that the original was quite a controversial film. Angry parents, not happy to see Santa Claus depicted as an axe murderer, picketed the film to the point where "Silent Night" took a dive at the box office and the film was shelved for another year where it saw new light in an uncut video form.
Says our insider, it'll "not be a remake of the original picture, but a total reimagining using the basic concept as a platform for a new franchise. Extreme attention has been placed on putting together a top-notch, terrifying screenplay as most films in this sub-genre (including the recently released Black Christmas) have little to no story and very weak scares. The intent is to create a dark and scary film that falls more in line (in terms of tone) with modern released such as Saw and The Descent."