It has been over a year since we first reported that identical twin filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska had signed on to helm a remake of the 1977 David Cronenberg film Rabid. But today brings a series of updates on the project. In an interview with The Horror Channel, the ladies spoke about their ambitions for their upcoming remake of Cronenberg’s body horror flick, Rabid. The ladies admitted that they aren’t normally drawn to remakes but reassured that their approach will have something to say and will offer a different perspective.
Normally, I’m not a huge fan of remakes,” Sylvia Soska told THC. “But that’s if they don’t have anything new to bring to the story. We have a unique perspective just because of who we are to tell the story from Rose’s eyes as well as make a commentary on the increasingly rabid world that we live in. Also, we’ve been dying to get back into body horror. Ten years into David’s filmmaking career, he remade The Fly and it brought him to this new level. This is ten years into our career and this will be our first film that gets a wide theatrical release, so it feels like a good pairing. We just have to make sure we don’t let down our country, our fanbase, and our hero. No pressure.”
Somerville House Releasing, Paul Lalonde, and Michael Walker will produce both a feature film and a television series based on the Cronenberg-helmed body horror flick.
The Twins told Variety, “The work of David Cronenberg is legendary and Rabid is much more than just a horror movie. The real message of his film is powerful, and even more pivotal as we look at the world around us today. It’s an honor to be involved in this love letter to his original, which we handle with the same respect as Paul Schrader’s Cat People, Alexandre Aja’s The Hills Have Eyes, and John Carpenter’s The Thing.”
Filming was expected to being last summer but has evidently been delayed. A release date has not yet been determined. But rest assured that we will keep you informed as we learn more.
The original features adult film star Marilyn Chambers in the lead role. Chambers plays Rose, a young woman who goes under the knife for plastic surgery after being disfigured in a motorcycle accident. When she wakes up from the procedure, she is equipped with a bee-like stinger that she begins using to feed on the blood of humans. Her actions eventually cause problems of epidemic proportions when her victims turn into zombie-like creatures.