Urban Legend–the ’90s slasher film that gave birth to two sequels–is the latest horror movie to get the reboot treatment, with casting beginning in earnest.
Screen Gems, the studio behind the remake, this week announced that three young actors–Katherine McNamara, Sydney Chandler and Keith Powers–are being seriously considered for the film, as reported by Collider.
Chandler reportedly will be cast as the movie’s protagonist, but there’s no word yet about the possible roles for McNamara and Powers. For Chandler, this would be her first major role in a feature film. McNamara–probably best known for her work on The CW’s Arrow–will appear next in the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand on CBS All Access. Powers has appeared in Straight Outta Compton and What/If.
Colin Minihan–who wrote and directed What Keeps You Alive–is on board to handle the screenplay and helm the feature. Mike Medavoy and Benjamin Anderson will produce the reboot, with Eric Paquette and Michael Bitar overseeing the film for Screen Gems.
The reboot reportedly will follow the basic storyline of the 1998 original (with an update for current conditions) as it follows a group of college students as they “navigate a series of bizarre deaths that resemble urban legends linked to the darkest corners of social media,” according to the official synopsis.
The original Urban Legend–directed by Jamie Blanks and written by Silvio Horta–starred Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart and Tara Reid. Despite lukewarm reviews, the film did well at the box office, grossing $72.5 million worldwide on a $14-million budget.
There is no word yet about the production schedule or release date for the new Urban Legend at this early stage, so keep reading Horror News Network for all updates as they come down the pike.