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09-11-2004, 02:17 PM
After reading the interview with David Ellis (FINAL DESTINATION 2, CELLULAR) I happened to notice that a minute detail of Cohen's latest script in the working is titled MESSAGE DELETED. The plot is summed up as being about a "Killer answering machine." I wish I had more information, but that's all that I can find and since it is Larry Cohen, it's worth talking about.

I find this news odd especially since he was supposedly working on a remake of IT'S ALIVE so that he could tackle new issues that relate to the subject matter. He was also interested in changing locations for the events to use different, interesting locations.

I'm a big fan of Cohen, so this is the best news I've heard in a very long time. For those not informed upon his independent work, he wrote the script for PHONE BOOTH and developed the story for CELLULAR. Another script of his CAPTIVITY is set to be released as a film in 2005.

09-11-2004, 06:45 PM
Cohen's latest work seems gimmicky (a phone booth, a cell phone, an answering machine), but I'm glad that he's found mainstream success. Surely he has enough boodle now to rev up the retooling of It's Alive (not that it needs retooling).

09-11-2004, 10:36 PM
Originally posted by Gluttony

I find this news odd especially since he was supposedly working on a remake of IT'S ALIVE so that he could tackle new issues that relate to the subject matter.

Actually, that doesn`t sound like a bad idea. There`s lots of new ground to cover (abortion, stem cell research, etc).

P.S. - I had no idea Cohen was responsible for "Phone Booth" and "Cellular". I haven`t seen either movie, but it sorta sounds like he`s mining the same territory over and over (this new movie should be titled "Answering Machine").

Hey, maybe it`s some kind of weird trilogy!

09-12-2004, 03:58 AM
Phone Booth was basically written in the sixties for Alfred Hitchcock; however, no studio wanted it (nor Special Effects which Cohen later directed himself). Lately, he has been doing a lot of isolated thrillers, but the ideas are good and he knows how to write a story around them. I don't mind.

Message Deleted has very little coverage on it as of yet, but assuming that it is going to be just like his last three scripts (Phone Booth, Cellular, and Captivity) is rather unlikely. I'm not sure how he would keep all the characters secluded in the same spot with a killer answering machine.

How exactly the machine kills is another detail that has yet to be leaked to the masses. It could be a sort of cursed machine, killer electricity, supernatural... or it could be like The Twonky and have it strangle people with it's plug-in cord (right...).

As for the It's Alive! remake, that is exactly what he wanted to do (according to Creature-corner.com when the news broke) he wanted to tackle different issues that are hot topics today and hopefully he'll hit the market at the right time to be lucrative.

Despite this change, I am really excited for his scripts that have been selling like hot cakes (more like porn magazines actually) and this new film sounds wonderful. Plus, next month you can have your killer baby fix with the DVDs of the It's Alive! trilogy.

Obviously, I haven't been this excited for a movie since... since... uh, probably The Twonky.