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With a second revisiting of PIRANHA coming soon and the
reinvented DEATH RACE having become a franchise, another Roger Corman cult fave
is on the way to being remade: the 1986 killer-robot flick CHOPPING MALL (pictured). Only,
this version will be done without the robots.
Variety reports that filmmaker/FX
artist Robert Hall’s Dry County Entertainment picked up the rights to MALL, with
the LAID TO REST creator set to direct from a script he’ll write with Kevin
Bocarde; the two will also produce. Bocarde, who also produced and co-scripted Hall’s
recent CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2 and executive-produced the original, tells
the trade that a different threat will pursue the new movie’s young protagonists:
“It will retain the basic concept of young people trapped in a mall; however,
the story will have a darker, supernatural spin.” Adds Hall, who first broke
into the biz doing special makeup and creatures for Corman’s Concorde Pictures,
“This is an exciting way to pay homage and honor Roger while also expanding the
original film’s premise.”
The original CHOPPING MALL was directed by Jim Wynorski and
co-starred RE-ANIMATOR’s Barbara Crampton; the actress shares a few words about
that film in an extensive interview in Fango #310, on sale in January.
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