In a surprise announcement, Blumhouse Productions reveals it’s doing a remake of Black Christmas that will be released just in time for the holidays.
The original Black Christmas is surely about to get lots of renewed attention, as Blumhouse announced today that it’s preparing a remake of the film. Even better, the new Black Christmas will hit theaters on Friday, December 13, 2019, just in time for the holiday season. Sophia Takal (V/H/S) will direct the project, and also co-wrote the script alongside April Wolfe. Imogen Poots (Green Room, the Fright Night remake) leads the cast. Check out the official synopsis below, followed by the poster.
Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. One by one, sorority girls on campus are being killed by an unknown stalker. But the killer is about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t willing to become hapless victims as they mount a fight to the finish.
The 1974 original, from screenwriter Roy Moore and director Bob Clark, centered on a group of sorority girls who are stalked by a stranger on Christmas break. Blumhouse and Universal reportedly started looking for Halloween franchises to build on following the commercial and critical success of last year’s Halloween. The original Black Christmas earned $4 million on a $650,000 budget and spawned an army of imitators. Considering one of the earliest slasher films, Black Christmas is often cited as an influence on the original Halloween. The original starred Superman: The Movie‘s Margot Kidder, A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s John Saxon, and Olivia Hussey of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet.
A 2006 remake of Black Christmas was directed by X-Files and The Twilight Zoneexecutive producer Glen Morgan. It starred Arrow‘s Katie Cassidy alongside Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Michelle Trachtenberg and Mary Elizabeth Winstead of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Takal previously worked with Blumhouse TV on New Year, New You earlier this year for Hulu’s Into the Dark anthology series. Fans have also noted that this is the rare case of a female writer/director team taking on a horror movie full of female leads.
Black Christmas will be making its way to theaters on December 13.