Remake Of ‘Children Of The Corn’ Earns R Rating

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.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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