Another day, another remake. Variety reports that Dry County Entertainment has acquired the rights to Roger Corman’s 1980s film Chopping Mall. Dry County Entertainment is the company of special effects artist and director Robert Hall, whose company Almost Human created prosthetics and makeup effects for shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Angel and the endoskeletons for the sadly short-lived Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Hall will direct the Chopping Mall remake and share writing and producing tasks with his partner Kevin Bocarde.
The 1986 horror flick by Corman was about a group of teenagers who get trapped in a mall overnight with a group of murderous security robots. It featured the completely awesome (and not at all cheesy) tagline: “Chopping Mall – Where they slash their prices – and their customers!” Bocarde says the new movie will retain the “young people trapped in a mall” aspect but add a “darker, supernatural spin.” Hall says this approach is an “an exciting way to pay homage and honor Roger while also expanding the original film’s premise.”
Hall has a strong connection to Corman, having graduated from the Roger Corman School of Film and done special effects and 2nd unit work on a number of Corman films. His “homage” or remake of Chopping Mall joins several other remakes of Corman’s work in recent years, including Piranha 3D and Jason Statham’s Death Race. Corman is also the subject of a new documentary hitting theaters in December, Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.