Exclusive: Sean S. Cunningham talks “HOUSE” reboot—with a sex changeMovies/TV,News Adam Lee Price
The 1986 horror/comedy hit HOUSE, staring William Katt and directed and produced respectively by FRIDAY THE 13TH veterans Steve Miner and Sean S. Cunningham, is about to get a reboot. FANGORIA got the exclusive details from Cunningham himself.
Speaking to us, appropriately enough, this past Friday the 13th after accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York City Horror Film Festival, genre veteran Cunningham discussed the future for a little movie that turned into a cult favorite and spawned three sequels. When asked if he would ever consider revisiting HOUSE, Cunningham responds, “I’m doing it right now. We are deeply in development. We worked on [a new] HOUSE about four or five years ago and determined that the structure of [the original] is extremely strong, and that just remaking it in modern times wasn’t going to improve it, and wasn’t going to change it. It would have to be rethought, and there had to be a really good reason to do it.
“Recently, we came up with—and it sounds so obvious—what if we made a gender switch, so that it’s not a man in the house?” Cunningham continues. “Although they’re not involved, imagine HOUSE starring Kristen Wiig or Melissa McCarthy. It wouldn’t be either one of them…well, it could; I mean, that’s a dream. But suddenly we realized, oh wait, then everything would have to adjust. And also, if we did it that way, it would bring back the fun that HOUSE had. So that’s the direction I’m committed to going in. I would love to make that movie, and I hope to be able to keep all the elements of the personal story from the Bill Katt version and still have it be fun.” Keep your eyes here for more on the new HOUSE!