The remake of Children of the Corn–a film that purports to be a more faithful adaptation of the Stephen King short story–aims to show horror fans a “bloody” good time.
The film–which wrapped filming in Australia back in June (despite the inherent problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic)–this week was rated R by the Motion Picture Association for “violence and bloody images,” as reported by JoBlo.com.
The remake–written and directed by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium)–will not draw overmuch from the original 1984 Children of the Corn, according to producer Lucas Foster. In fact, Foster said earlier this year that the remake has “almost nothing to do” with the original. “We went back to the story,” he added, “and free-associated from there.”
Maybe that’s a good thing. An accurate cinematic take on a Stephen King story is an admirable goal. According to the filmmakers, this adaptation will show events “leading up to–and including–the massacre of the adults in a small town in Nebraska by their children” following the adults’ ruining of the corn crop. The film stars Elena Kampouris, Kate Moyer, Callan Mulvey, and Bruce Spence.
King’s 1977 short story of the same name–first published in Penthouse and then reprinted as part of the 1978 Night Shift collection–follows a couple who wind up in an abandoned Nebraska town inhabited by a cult of murderous children who worship a demon that lives in the nearby cornfields.
The movie franchise–which included nine sequels–started with the 1984 original that starred Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton. There was even a TV version of the film that aired on the Syfy Channel in September 2009.
This latest adaptation of Children of the Corn is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2021, so keep reading Horror News Network for more details on the remake and an exact release date.