After the press screening of the finale of American Horror Story: Asylum, show creator Ryan Murphy answered a few questions about the planned third season, and got fans all excited about what is to come. However, during that Q&A he also announced some even more exciting news about a film he will be producing this year.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown was a menacing and chilling horror film that came out in 1976. Directed by Charles B. Pierce, the film was loosely based on the true story of a Texas serial killer known as The Phantom Killer. Ryan Murphy said the film freaked him out when he was a kid: “I was just starting to babysit my brother, and the ads for that would come on and I would get freaked out.”
Now it has been announced that Murphy is re-teaming with producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) to produce the remake for MGM. “I went to (Blum) with this and MGM was gracious enough to let us do it with them. So we’re doing a modern-day version remake, weird meta thing with (it)”, Murphy said.
Now, while the producers are reason enough to be excited, the director is also a very good reason to mark this film on your must-see list. Director of a number of episodes of American Horror Story (including the finale), and also second unit director on Ben Affleck’s Argo, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is in talks to make The Town That Dreaded Sundown his feature film debut.
Not only that, but Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, writer of this years Carrie remake, has already written the script!
Synopsis for the original film:
Set in the late 40’s the residents of Texarkana, Texas are left terrorized by a mysterious hooded killer who is stalking victims during the evening and leaving the local police at a loss.