We live in a time of reboots. If you listen to our podcast then you will understand just how much we LOVE reboots.
Deadline reports that Oculus co-writer/director Mike Flanagan and partner Jeff Howard are adapting the 1997 hit I Know What You Did Last Summer for Sony.
The first film starred familiar faces such as Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Anne Heche. It was about four teens who find themselves in danger of being slashed by a murderous fisherman with a hook a year after their car hits a stranger whose body they dump in the sea. The film produced two sequels and even became an ironic catchphrase for a while. The film itself was based loosely on a 1973 novel with inspiration from the urban legend of “The Hook.” That movie came along after the success of the 1996 movie ‘Scream’ which brought back the slasher genre to a new generation.
You want to know why a reboot is being made? Because it would be fairly inexpensive to make and have the possibility of it being a hit. The first I Know What You Did Last Summer made over $125 million on a modest budget, the franchise eventually became a direct-to-DVD series by 2006. It has been 10 years since the last I Know What You Did Last Summer. Now many today’s young audiences will now experience a new series. (if you want to experience it – just go back and watch the original) Oculus was made for less than $15 million and generated more than $40 million – this seems to be the pattern for recent horror/slasher films.
So would you want to see it? Or do think the fisherman with the hook should gut it?