Jacques Tourneur's 1957 satanic horror film Night of the Demon
was adapted from M. R. James' Casting the Runes
. Since then, the ghost-story scribe's tale has been dramatized in multiple forms, and it's about to get another remake. Gremlins
director Joe Dante is teaming up with Simon Pegg for a new twist on James' classic. The Playlist
shared a synopsis from the film's website
"When up-and-coming actor Jake Harrington inexplicably hurls himself in front of an oncoming subway train, celebrity gossip blogger Mark Dunning smells a story in Harrington's connection to self-help guru Simon Karswell. What Dunning isn't prepared for is the secret behind Karswell's motivational-speaker success: a command of dark occult forces that reveals his following to be more cult than therapy."
Writer David Tully will pen the screenplay that features Pegg in the part of Jake. James was known for setting his supernatural stories in contemporary, realistic settings, which makes it easily adaptable fodder for a modern occult thriller. The team promise to offer "a veritable greatest hits of James's classic nightmares." We hope to see a nice streak of dark humor from pros Dante and Pegg, too. The director's creepy cult of werewolves in The Howling inspired some incredible special effects during the transformation sequences, so we're hoping to see more of the same if the Great Beast does indeed appear in the upcoming movie.
Those interested can watch Night of the Demon below in its entirety.