There’s a lot of talk and conflicting reports circulating about the upcoming Re-Animator film, so let us clear a few things up for you. Currently in development, Re-Animator: Evolution is a fresh adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s macabre tale, although as the film’s writer/director Serge Levin recently told That’s Not Current, his script did not start out as such. He does say though, that the film will tread closer to the source material, despite only being worked into an adaptation due to his original story’s similarities to it.
“Yes, [it’s] legit and more true to the original material of HP Lovecraft,” he told the site. “My original story, Antihuman, was more science-driven and had nothing to do with zombies…It just so happened that my original concept overlapped [with] the HP Lovecraft Re-Animator, and we decided to adapt my initial script.”
Levin reworked the script with Johnathon Schaech, who is better known for his work in front of the camera and starred in 2008’s Prom Night remake and Quarantine. Schaech will also headline the cast, starring as Dr. Herbert West; a daunting prospect surely, given Jeffrey Combs’ iconic embodiment of the role. Schaech would no doubt wish us to put Combs out of our heads though, as Re-Animator: Evolution is most definitely not a part of the franchise established by Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna, and the pair have (at time of writing) no involvement in the project.
The new adaptation will be far more sci-fi-heavy, eschewing the splatstick approach of the 1985 film and its sequels, and bringing it closer to Lovecraft’s story (titled Herbert West – Reanimator). Alongside horror up-and-comer Schaech comes some solid horror pedigree in the forms of Lin Shaye (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Insidious, Critters, Dead End etc, etc) and Brad Dourif (Child’s Play, Blue Velvet, Rob Zombie’s Halloween), who have both signed on to star.
You can very much expect more as we get it.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)