Larry Cohen, the ambitious writer/director behind such cult classics as Black Caesar, It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, and The Stuff, passed away over the weekend at the age of 77. Cohen’s friend and spokesman, Shade Rupe, confirmed to the Associated Press that Cohen died on Saturday in Los Angeles, where he was surrounded by friends and loved ones. Cohen began his directing career with such blaxploitation classics as Bone and Hell Up in Harlem before moving on to productions involving everything from killer babies to a city-dwelling dragon. He also wrote the Maniac Cop movies and transitioned into crafting mainstream screenplays later in his career, including the Colin Farrell vehicle, Phone Booth, and Cellular.
While remake news is always destined to trigger mixed reactions due to fan investment in the original production, this particular project has a lot going for it. Comic book writer turned screenwriter Ed Brubaker (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Batman: Black and White, an episode of Westworld) has written the script along with Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive, Neon Demons). Lustig will return to the production, serving as a creative producer, along with Refn. John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) is set to direct the project. read more