Here's some cool news from Comic Con for horror fans – Chris Columbus is preparing to launch a new horror anthology film based on stories culled from classic issues of Creepy.
Columbus revealed that his 1492 production imprint is prepping the new four-story anthology at the convention yesterday. The move to horror seems like a bit of a departure for Columbus, who is perhaps best known for his work on the Harry Potter series and the Home Alone films.
The filmmaker will personally direct one of the four installments in the new feature and will oversee the other three. No word yet on who might helm those tales of terror (or even what the tales will be…), but the project still has us intrigued. Does Columbus go with established horror filmmakers to round out his feature or does he go in an entirely different direction? Only time will tell.
Creepy was a revered and long-running horror magazine famous for featuring artwork from talents such as Frank Frazetta, Bernie Wrightson, and Al Williamson. If you grew up between 1964 and 1983 and you loved horror, odds are you owned issues of Creepy.
The filmmaker gushed about his love for the comic, stating, “I am thrilled to be immersed once again in the world of Creepy and Eerie. They featured some of the most important comic book artists of the time and were incredibly influential in my desire to become a filmmaker. It is really exciting to have the opportunity to bring these unique tales to the screen and share them with today's audiences."
Columbus hasn’t announced any sort of timetable for this project, and it could be awhile before there’s any significant movement. The filmmaker announced plans to write and direct a feature based on John Grisham’s novel Calico Joe back in June – and it seems like that project will take precedence for the time being.
We’ll keep an eye on this one and share more details as they emerge. In the meantime, let us know what other directors you’d like to see involved with this project.