Most people at the age of 86 would be planning their retirement, but not b-movie legend Roger Corman! If anything he has announced plans which could see him busier than ever. The prolific producer, writer, director and actor has said that he plans to remake some of his classic Edgar Allan Poe movies with the hope of giving them a new lease of life with today’s improved special effects technology, and also the gimmick of 3D.
Corman told The Hollywood Reporter:
“Now being able to do them in 3D and with a lot of computer graphics, we can do things we never dreamed of doing before.”
The last film Corman directed was Frankenstein Unbound in 1990, and while the films he plans to remake were all directed by himself, he says he will only be producing these eight remakes. Corman’s New Horizon’s Productions will produce the remakes, and the plan is to release two a year starting with the first film in 2013. Each film will have a budget of $2-2.5 million, and once all completed, Corman will be 91 years old and will have produced a staggering 410 films!
Corman is looking to revisit House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Premature Burial, Tales of Terror, The Raven, The Haunted Palace, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Tomb of Ligeia.
He is currently looking for a Vincent Price type actor to star in his new films, and is looking to TV for a fifty-something performer with Price’s level of “sensitivity and neuroticism.”