See No Evil: Screen Gems to Develop the Remake

See No Evil  Film details

Title: See No Evil

Director: Richard Fleischer (original)

Writer: Brian Clemens (original screenplay), Mike Scannell (remake)

Release Date: TBA


“See No Evil” is up for a remake. The dark Mystery-Thriller first released in 1971. Richard Fleischer directed the film based on the script and written by Brian Clemens. The reboot will be written by Mike Scannell. Bryan Bertino (“The Strangers”, “Mockingbird”) is set to produce alongside Adrienne Biddle (“Mockingbird”) of Unbroken Pictures. Clint Culepepper, President of Screen Gems and Scott Strauss of EVP Production will oversee the project. The director of the adaptation is still yet to be announced.

“See No Evil” (1971) Synopsis

“Sarah is a blind girl who has returned to her home, a country manor in which all of the occupants are dead. She unknowingly sleeps overnight, among a houseful of corpses, arising the next morning to quietly creep out of bed, in order not to awaken the other members of the household.” Richard Fleischer See No EvilBeing that the original “See No Evil” is four decades old, the idea of a remake isn’t exactly a horrible idea. I think the real question is: Why a remake? The amount of frequent, countless remakes of old movies are something of concern, and, when you take to social media sites, it’s not something that the majority of audiences, especially fans, are raving about.

I follow quite a few horror groups and pages on Facebook, and I can honestly say, by observation, that when news (rather factual or rumor) spreads about a remake or another installment, not too many people are thrilled. One case in point is the latest installment in the “Saw” franchise. I mean, I think we’ve had enough of this franchise once Jigsaw finally dropped dead in the 3rd installment (pun intended). He was the key character that kept the franchise alive. Now that he’s no longer with us, it seems more like an endless ghost chase.

“Ghost chase” is the term I use to describe “never-ending” cinematic franchises. When directors and producers keep taking a stab at an already dead franchise, in attempts to bring it back to life, only to end up overkilling it. This can be in the forms of constant installments, or constant remakes and reboots.

Back to my initial thought of the original “See No Evil” being four decades old: ideally, a remake or a reboot isn’t so bad. BUT, that’s only if the creative team (the director, producers, writers) approaches it correctly. Sometimes, it’s best to stick with the original plot and storyline and just build around it. Restoration! There is a concept the creative team could use. Instead of a remake, they could simply restore the original 1971 film. The same technique Disney use when they re-release their own movies every several years. The 30th Anniversary of Beauty and the Beast. Digitally Restored and Remastered.” Nowadays, what directors try to do is conjure up a whole new plot and storyline, and that’s what makes them fail, sometimes epically and tragically.

Let’s talk about overkilling franchises, shall we? I lose count on how many franchises that started off good, end up ruined due to being overkilled. “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, I’ve already touched on “Saw”,  just to name a few great examples. And, let’s not even get started on the foreign films that have been modernized and  Americanized by American directors. That’s a whole new section and discussion in itself.

For the most part, remakes are not necessary. This is one thought that directors should get in their heads and let sink in. I’m not for or against a remake in the case of “See No  Evil”. I feel that being over 40 years old, an update is in order. On the same token, I’m concerned that the adaptation will tragically fail in every aspect because the creative team will do everything to kill it. But, as they say, let’s not assume anything so soon. One thing I’m all about is giving something a fair shot to prove me either right or wrong. We will just have to wait for the release of the “See No Evil” adaptation.



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