Dunes Dipping Toes Into 'Original' Territory

March 26, 2008

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ShockTillYouDrop has learned that Michael Bay's recidivist horror studio, Platinum Dunes--currently planning remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Rosemary's Baby, and Friday the 13th--finally has an original project in the works. Dunes and Paramount are teaming and searching for a director for Michael Hildalgo's The Butcherhouse Chronicles script--an adaptation of his play of the same name. Shock calls it "a welcome change of pace for Dunes (veering into original properties)", but I'm not quite sure how original it is after hearing the plot:

Four teenagers explore a supposedly haunted house and uncover their small town's horrible secret.

This brings about an interesting question: is a film still original if it has the same plot of 90% of horror movies ever made, just a different title? Is Fazoli's an original blend of Italian food and fast service, or a sloppy, tasteless remake of Olive Garden? Ponder these questions as I put together my pitch for "quiet masked man terrorizes peaceful suburban community."

Paramount, Platinum Team for Butcherhouse [ShockTillYouDrop]

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