By MICHAEL GINGOLD
A new killer Santa will be bringing the Christmas fear next year.
Orwo Studios and Black Hanger Studios have announced their acquisition of remake rights to SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, with original producers Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead coming back on board as well. Anthony Masi of MasiMedia is also producing along with Jake Seal, Terry Bird and Jamie R. Thompson of Orwo Studios/Black Hangar, which also backed the upcoming JEEPERS CREEPERS: REBORN. “We are thrilled to be working with the original producers as well as Orwo and Black Hangar,” Masi says, “and are committed to honoring nostalgia for the original while offering surprises for new audiences to discover and embrace.”
“The continued desire for horror content and the ongoing success of the genre meant it was the perfect time to be able to offer up this chilling revival of the iconic title,” add Schneid and Whitehead. SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, which caused a scandal upon its initial release in 1984 with its story of a disturbed young man who dresses in a Santa suit to go on a Yuletide rampage of murder, previously had a loose reboot with 2012’s SILENT NIGHT. The writer, director and cast for this latest update have yet to be confirmed.