by: Mac Maclamore
Universal Pictures has turned to their in-house low-budget maven Jason Blum to steer their planned remake of the 1977 film THE SENTINEL back on track. The original, which was based on the book of the same name from author Jeffrey Konvitz, centers on a young woman who moves into a NYC apartment, only to discover that it may be the gateway to hell. The original film, which was directed by Michael Winner was set to be remade by Universal back in 2003, but the studio struggled to find a way to get the project out of development hell. Enter Blumhouse Productions with a lengthy resume full of low-budget/high-return horrors, and I think Universal finally found a pairing they like for this one.
Blum, who will produce alongside Kevin Misher and his Misher Films, just this week announced that his planned “Jem and the Holograms” film which is being cast by fans and directed by Jon Chu will actually begin filming in 3 weeks. Blum has become one of the most prolific, low-risk/high-reward producers in Hollywood in the past decade, churning out hit after hit that inevitably lead to an endless stream of franchises. With “Paranormal Activity”, “Insidious” and “The Purge” already making the leap to franchise, one has to wonder when Blum has time to sleep.
This project is currently out to writer/directors.