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The Kevin Corrigan-starring, blackly comedic horror film SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE recently splattered on-line with a strong trailer (see it here) that showcases some very amusing moments—not surprising given that none other than John Landis was an executive producer. Landis discussed SOME GUY a bit when speaking to Fango earlier this week; head below to see what he had to say!
“It’s kind of giving me too much credit,” Landis laughs. “What happened on that film was [writer] Ryan Levin brought me the SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE script, and I was very taken with it. I spent two days with him going over the screenplay, and then they asked me to direct it. I had just gotten BURKE & HARE, so I was about to leave for London and I said, ‘Sorry, I can’t.’ They said, ‘Can you help us, then? Can we use your name?’ And they did; they used my name and based on that, they were able to raise a very small amount of money, and I went away to England and came back to see a movie.
“I watched the first cut, which was too long like all first cuts, and then they finished it and I’m quite pleased with it,” he continues. “It’s out there. It’s a very quirky little comedic slasher movie.”
Fango also asked about the long-rumored remake of AMERICAN WEREWOLF, which the director doesn’t have any updates on—but did have this to say: “I have no idea what’s happening. We optioned the rights to Dimension and I think the option is almost up very soon, so I don’t know what’s happening. People gave me a lot of grief for that. They said, ‘How could you do that?’ but what they didn’t understand is that for me, it’s a no-lose situation. If they make the film and it’s a tremendous success, I’ll make a lot of money, and if they make the film and it stinks, then I look like a genius. And the thing is, there have always been remakes and sequels. MALTESE FALCON’s a remake, A STAR IS BORN is a remake and I can point to two wonderful examples of great reimaginings of movies. One is John Carpenter’s THE THING, where the original version is a great film and John made another great film, and David Cronenberg’s THE FLY, where the original’s a silly film, it’s fun, and David’s is a great film. It can happen. There’s an old expression I’ll misquote: ‘You keep your expectations very low, and then you’re rarely disappointed and often pleasantly surprised.’
If Landis is right about the WEREWOLF situation, and knowing Dimension’s distaste for letting their rights expire, we may just hear more about the new version sooner rather than later…
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