Under the Dome Author Stephen King’s Cujo Getting Remade!
As if there is not enough Stephen King adaptation action going on with the Under the Dome TV series on CBS, new season of Haven, the Carrie remake, the adaptation of Cell finally going into production, and the potential The Shining prequel, we now have official (or at least as official as it gets) confirmation that a remake of the 1983 “classic” adaptation of Cujo is going before cameras sometime in 2013.
Here is the Press Release For the Upcoming Remake of Cujo by Under the Dome Author Stephen King and Sales Trailer
Lang Elliott, President & CEO of Sunn Classic Pictures, Inc., announced that Sunn plans to produce the remake of “CUJO” this year representing the 30th Anniversary since Sunn produced and distributed the original “CUJO” motion picture in 1983, based upon Stephen King’s novel. The 1983 version was highly successful at the worldwide box-office and, compared with today’s inflation and higher ticket prices, the box-office would be well over $225 million even without ancillary sales (i.e., DVD, cable, free television, pay-per-view, etc.).
“CUJO” is the story of a large, playful St. Bernard dog that is transformed into a hideous killing machine after being infected by rabies. Donna Trenton’s car is on the fritz, and she and her son take her ailing automobile to their mechanic. Upon their arrival, the car stalls and refuses to restart. The mechanic fails to appear so Donna searches for him. The transformed, maniacal “CUJO” reveals himself; he is highly agitated and very aggressive. Donna hardly recognizes this filthy, monstrous creature foaming at the mouth. Suddenly “CUJO” charges Donna, who barely makes it back into the car for protection. Trapped with her son and the windows rolled up, the sweltering heat begins to take its toll. “CUJO’s” powerful state of insanity and violence await.
I, personally, do not see why they are bothering. Cujo has always been a well-known SK novel and the film does have a place in pop culture history. I see that the original made a lot of money from a mere $8 million budget (a lot more when adjusted for inflation than I was ever expecting), but the story itself has become more and more of a footnote of SK‘s career, despite winning some book awards at the time. I did like Dee Wallace in it, but that’s about it. Unlike Carrie, I see no social relevance nor pulsating reason to put this story in a 21st century context other than to cash in on the current wave of SK adaptations and also the fact that it is the original’s 30th anniversary. I still remember seeing the wave of Cujo rip-offs like Man’s Best Friend and Bingo (well, the latter was meant to be a comedy, but was so much more than that). I will not be surprised if this remake (which apparently does not have anyone attached to it yet) goes straight to Redbox or even lasts in theaters for a week at best. I am sure any episode of Under the Dome will wipe the floor with anything they try to come up with this. But Under the Dome actually has a reason to be realized today. Cujo is a story about a nice dog that gets rabies and causes a family to hide in a car. They did it fine the first time. I bet they would even try to CGI the dog. I just do not see the point. I am kind of surprised that SK has not denounced this idea like he basically did with The Shining prequel. Hope they make a lot of money so maybe they can make a decent Blu-Ray edition for the original, but that is about it. This has business arrangement written all over it.