Looks like we'll be adding the 80s slasher Silent Night, Deadly Night to the long list of horror reboots. Just hopefully we'll be adding it to the list of better horror remakes/reboots like Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th, and The Crazies as opposed to the likes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pet Sematary or Poltergeist.
As reported by Deadline, Orwo Studios and Black Hangar Studios have acquired the remake rights to the now cult classic Silent Night, Deadly Night. The original film's producers Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead of Wonderwheel Entertainment have also signed on with plans to have the film complete and released sometime in 2022.
“We are thrilled to be working with the original producers as well as Orwo and Black Hangar and are committed to honoring nostalgia for the original while offering surprises for new audiences to discover and embrace.” - Producer Anthony Masi, MasiMedia
The project was brought to Orwo by producer Anthony Masi of MasiMedia. Schneid, Whitehead, and Masi will produce along with Jake Seal, Terry Bird, and Jamie R. Thompson of Orwo Studios/Black Hangar. Orwo Studios is financing and representing world sales rights.
Wonderwheel Entertainment issued the following statement following the news.
“The continued desire for horror content and the ongoing success of the genre meant it was the perfect time to be able to offer up this chilling revival of the iconic title.”
No word in regards to story or any other cast or crew for the project as of yet. However I don't think this will be met with nowhere near as much controversy and uproar as the original was when it released in 1984.
The original ads that ran for the film were quickly pulled off of TV due to the depiction of Santa Claus as an axe wielding mass murderer, which then in turn lead to mass protests when the film released. The release was actually picketed and protested by angry parents who were not happy to see such a depiction; the film was then pulled from cinemas within two weeks of its release. Box office figures plummeted after it was pulled and the film was shelved for another year. Shame really as it released the same weekend as Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street and briefly out-grossed it before it was pulled.
Luckily the film has gone on to become a cult classic and fan favourite amongst horror fans. Here's hoping they can give us horror fans something we can really enjoy with this reboot!