“Saw” producers Twisted Pictures and the Roseblood Movie Company, the horror/thriller division of RKO Pictures, are teaming for remakes or four RKO horror classics from the 30’s and 40’s reports Variety.
Andy Fickman will direct at least one of the films which include:
Five Came Back (1939): Lucille Ball and John Carradine star in the John Farrow-directed feature about a flight to South America which crash lands in the jungle. As the pilots rush to fix the plane, they realise it can only carry five of the twelve passengers back, and time is running out as head hunters get closer.
I Walked With a Zombie (1943): The Jacques Tourneur-directed story of a young Canadian nurse who comes to the West Indies to care for the seemingly paralysed wife of a plantation manager. The nurse becomes resolute to cure her, even if she needs to use a voodoo ceremony.
The Body Snatcher (1945): Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starred in this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of a surgeon who hires a cabman to dig up graves to provide him with fresh corpses for dissection. The cabman soon turns to murder to get new corpses for the doctor. Robert Wise (“The Sound of Music,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still”) directed.
Bedlam (1946): Boris Karloff and Anna Lee starred in this Mark Robson-directed adaptation of William Hogarth’s “A Rake’s Progress”. Set in an insane asylum, an artistocrat’s protege seeks to reform the conditions at the mad house, much to the chagrin of the apothecary general.
RKO chairman Ted Hartley is producing the remakes with Mark Burg, Oren Koules and Carl Mazzocone.