Children of the Corn: Stephen King remake has been acquired by Shudder

The remake of the classic Stephen King horror film from Kurt Wimmer finds a home at Shudder and RLJE Films which releases in March.

Last Updated on February 8, 2023

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While streaming services war with each other, one that’s hanging out in the background and pleasing genre fans is Shudder. The horror site is a haven for fans of terrifying content. Recently, director Kurt Wimmer wrapped filming on a remake of Stephen King’s famous story-turned-movie, Children of the Corn. Deadline has learned that Shudder and RLJE Films has picked up the movie for their exclusive distribution.

The synopsis reads,
“Based upon the short story by the horror author, and adapted by Wimmer, Children of the Corn follows a 12 year old girl in Nebraska who is possessed by a spirit in a dying cornfield. She recruits the other children in her small town to go on a bloody rampage and kill all the adults and anyone else who opposes her. A bright high schooler who won’t go along with the plan is the town’s only hope of survival.”

The film stars Elena Kampouris (Before I Fall), Kate Moyer (Station Eleven), Callan Mulvey (The Gray Man) and Bruce Spence (The Road Warrior). Wimmer is a veteran of high concept sci-fi films such as Equilibrium and Ultraviolet, and has written screenplays for such films as the Point Break remake, the Total Recall remake and Law Abiding Citizen. The new adaptation is executive produced by award-winning digital production house Digital Domain, and produced by Lucas Foster (Morbius), Doug Barry (FML), and John Baldecchi (Point Break). The film’s digital visual effects were all produced in-house by Digital Domain.

“We’re thrilled to work with Kurt Wimmer and bring his vision of this classic Stephen King story to new audiences,” states Mark Ward, who is the Chief of Acquisitions Officer at RLJE. Ward and Besty Rodgers from RLJE Films sealed the deal with both Lucas Foster and Daniel Seah, CEO of Digital Domain, on behalf of the makers of the film.

Stephen King adaptations have had a long-standing reputation of being hit or miss. It usually comes down to the filmmaker. With adaptations like The Shining and The Shawshank Redemption, the movies turn out to be different monsters from their source material thanks to the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Frank Darabont behind them. Others like It and It Chapter 2 fare well while most have been unmitigated disasters.

Children of the Corn invades theaters on March 3 then will stream on March 21.

Source: Deadline

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