Steven Soderbergh returned from semi-retirement earlier this month with the release of “Logan Lucky” in cinemas and already has multiple other projects on the way including HBO’s “Mosaic” and the iPhone-filmed “Unsane”.
Now, in a new interview with Little White Lies, Soderbergh has revealed that at one point last year he really wanted to remake Ishiro Honda’s classic 1963 Japanese horror film “Matango” and it actually came close to happening:
“I wanted to remake that. [But] I couldn’t come to terms with the studio… it was a movie I saw as a kid and it scared the shit out of me. I wanted to remake it but I couldn’t figure out a deal with Toho, so it didn’t happen.”
The original film involves a group of castaways stranded on a remote island, who fall under the spell of the narcotic-like mushrooms that grow there – resulting in these people becoming mutated beings. It was never released theatrically in the United States.