Lionsgate Entertainment is returning to the world of Cube, the sci-fi horror Real World about seven strangers... picked to live in a cube... that was filled with smaller, trapped cubes... to find out what happens when people stop being polite... and start blaming each other for being in a terrible cube matrix.
THR reports that Saman Kesh, a young director who caught some attention with the short film Controller (embedded below), will make his feature debut on the project. Jon Spaihts, best known for having written a well-regarded Prometheus draft that would later be made worse by Damon Lindelof, has been hired for the screenplay.
The remake will be retitled Cubed--to be more reminiscent of little bits of ham, assumedly--but that's not the only change already planned. While the story will once again see seven strangers trapped in a giant, shifting mass of rooms, this take will apparently focus more on "artificial intelligence, humanity and the birth of a new 'digital' race." The cube, it's... ALIVE is almost certainly going to be a prominent line in the trailer.
As far as remakes go, Cube is actually not such a bad candidate. Directed by Vincenzo Natali, the 1997 cult film came out with an intriguing premise and wildly impressive visuals for its budget, but it ultimately missed the mark (Natali would later pull a similar move but come much nearer with Splice). This remake could be a way to improve upon the concept in ways the sequel, Cube 2: Hypercube, did only with its awesome title. Or, if nothing else, at least maybe the franchise can reach further with its powerful allegory, letting a few more people know: going with your new roommates to Ikea is a terrible idea.