Seems nothing is sacred as Joe Dante’s much loved werewolf horror, The Howling, is getting remade. Emaji Entertainment made the announcement yesterday, along with news of a remake of another old horror, 1998’s Strangeland. The official word has all the details you need.
The Press Release:
Emaji, Inc., announced today that its entertainment division, Emaji Entertainment, has acquired the rights to reboot The Howling, the 1981 horror classic that to date has seen eight films released that have been based in part of the three novels written by Gary Brander. This is the first film production for the recently formed Emaji Entertainment, which is a division of Emaji, Inc. Emaji Entertainment plans to produce The Howling as the first in a series of films based upon well known film properties.
Additional details on the production and distribution of The Howling will be released as the film moves through the pre-production process.
The Howling was a 1981 werewolf-themed horror film directed by Joe Dante, who also directed Gremlins. Made for $1.5 million, the movie went on to gross $18 million in its initial theatrical release. Between 1985 and 2011 there were seven more Howling related films produced in the franchise, including Howling II in 1985, Howling III in 1987, Howling IV in 1988, Howling V in 1989, Howling VI in 1991, Howling: New Moon Rising in 1995, and The Howling: Reborn in 2011.
Emaji also announced today that Emaji Entertainment has acquired the rights to reboot Dee Snider’s StrangeLand, the 1998 horror film written by and starring Snider, the frontman of heavy metal giant Twisted Sister.
Dee Snider’s portrayal of Carlton Hendricks, aka Captain Howdy, in the original film created a character that has become a cult horror legend. Emaji Entertainment will accompany the singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor back into the dark underground world of ritualistic body modification where victims are lured via an ever pervasive world of social media.
The 1998 soundtrack included an incredible array of bands – System of a Down, Sevendust, Soulfly, Slipknot, Kid Rock, Coal Chamber, Twisted Sister, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson, and Pantera – handpicked by Snider. “Music was intrinsic to me in the first one. We really tried to create the ultimate heavy soundtrack. Music will be important to me again for this film,” adds Snider.
The project has the working title StrangeLand: Disciple and is the second film production announced by the company based on a well established horror property.
Additional details will be released as the film moves through production and towards release.