Sony’s Platinum Dunes is now developing a Christmas-themed horror film.
As reported by Deadline, Sony picked up the pitch from screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. This new project is currently untitled, but this is still some exciting news.
The story line of the pitch is still under wraps, but it is known to have been described as in the same tone of I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream. A film having the meta approach that Scream used, but incorporating the holiday horror element would definitely be interesting.
Melton and Dunstan have written quite a few films together. They were responsible for the Feast films, as well as Saw IV, V, VI, 3D: The Final Chapter, as well as the The Collector and its sequel. It’s clear looking at the pair’s credits that they are both well-versed in the horror genre. It is interesting how violent many of these films are. Will this new film be restricted to tone it down? In the past, Platinum Dunes did plenty of remakes of classics and took chances on unknown directors to make them. R ratings were no big deal, then. On the other hand, A Quiet Place achieved major success with its PG-13 rating. It was able to bring in $331.7 million worldwide on a $17 million dollar budget.
The project was brought to Sony by A Quiet Place executive producer, Aaron Janus. David Beaubaire will produce under a new banner.
Christmas horror is something that has its classics, but there’s always room for more. The original Black Christmas and films like Gremlins instantly come to mind. And the more modern fare; Krampus, Rare Exports, Better Watch Out and Red Christmas. Could this film join them as a holiday staple for horror fans?
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