Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Platinum Dunes Gets "Stupid"

Halloween is about to get a little stupid.

Hot off the success of their Friday the 13th reboot, Platinum Dunes recently snapped up the rights to yet another horror classic. Partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have been set by Touchstone to create a new franchise based on the 1991 film Ernest Scared Stupid.

Commercial director PES has been tapped to helm project about lovable dunce Ernest P. Worrell (made famous by the late Jim Varney) who mistakenly awakens an ancient evil and must save his town's children from a soul sucking troll named Trantor. No casting choices have been made yet, but rumors have placed Chace Crawford and Drake Bell on a short list to put on the denim vest.

"We aren't creating a literal adaptation," Fuller commented,"We're mostly concerned with preserving the iconography, while giving the franchise a complete face lift."

Production is slated for late-Spring 2012, with a Halloween release date.

Dunes currently has projects slated through 2013, including reboots of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Rosemary's Baby, and The Birds.

PES is repped by Czar in the US and Independent in the UK.

When asked what drew Platinum Dunes to the project, Form replied, "Well, we'd optioned everything else available. Why the fuck not?"


JBenoitFilm said...

Is this serious?

I have no real comment. I feel shamed by my profession right now.

ChillwithWill said...

Actually, I just wanted to see if I could write in Variety's vernacular. To my knowledge, Platinum Dunes has not actually optioned "Ernest Scared Stupid,' but I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they did.