If you’re a horror fan then you’re in luck, as Christopher Landon is writing and directing an Arachnophobia remake – perhaps not so lucky if you’re terrified of spiders.
The 47-year-old filmmaker – who has directed horror hits such as Happy Death Day – is attached to helm a remake of the 1990 flick that starred Jeff Daniels and John Goodman.
James Wan and Michael Clear are producing the movie for Amblin Partners while original director Frank Marshall is involved in the new film as an executive producer.
The original horror comedy centred on a small town in the United States that is terrorised by a colony of deadly South American spiders that are accidentally brought into the country – our skin is crawling just reading that.
Christopher took to Twitter after the news was confirmed and revealed that he too has a fear of spiders, so who knows whether he’ll actually be able to sit through the film at the premiere.
He tweeted: ‘I’m either the most qualified or the absolute worst person for this job since I am DEATHLY AFRAID OF SPIDERS. So excited to work with Amblin and James Wan (sic)’.
His post received a mixed response, with some fans thrilled by the remake while others thought one film was more than enough – as it still gives them nightmares.
‘This is a superb appointment. Excited to see how this develops!’, one fan replied.
Another said: ‘Congratulations, but I am arachnophobic so will obviously have to wait and watch it at home where I can pause and pace the room!’
‘Arachnophobia is the reason I check the lamp shade EVERY TIME before putting my hand anywhere near it,’ one person tweeted.
Echoing their fears, another replied: ‘It’s the reason I won’t eat from an already opened box of snacks. Why I’m fearful of popcorn in bowls. The lamp, the backs of toilets. Movie screwed me up.’
Whatever your thoughts on the idea of a remake, there’s every chance it’ll be successful after the original flick grossed $53.21million (£42m) against a $22million (£17.6m) budget.
Landon previously directed the slasher movie Freaky – which stars Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton and focuses on a serial killer who switches bodies with a teenage girl – but suggested that sequel was unlikely to be made as he doesn’t have an idea for another movie.
He said: ‘In terms of a sequel to Freaky, you know, I don’t think it’s ever gonna happen, because I honestly don’t know if the studio has an appetite for a sequel.
‘I think they’re quite comfortable with it being a standalone movie, and to be honest, I am too, because we didn’t really have an idea for a sequel.’
Christopher also suggested that his priority is making a third film in the Jessica Rothe led franchise Happy Death Day, so it sounds like he’s booked and busy.
The filmmaker has already ‘written an idea’ – not a full script – but knew what he ‘wanted it to be’.
‘It was a trilogy for me, so it’s a bummer that I haven’t had the opportunity yet to make that movie and I know Jessica Rothe really wants to do it,’ he added.