Another one bites the dust…

Continuing the trend of remaking beloved movies, Hollywood has set its sights on Canadian cult sci-fi horror Cube. Lionsgate – the studio who brought us the hugely successful Hunger Games and Saw franchises – is behind this one with Ray Lee and Jon Spaihts (co-writer of the much maligned Prometheus) producing, the critically acclaimed director of the short film Controller, Saman Kesh, is being eyed for directing duties and Philip Gawthorne is writing the script based on Kesh’s original take on the concept (watch his amazing Controller short here).

Retitled Cubed, the new version will still retain the premise of seven strangers, each with very different personalities and backgrounds, waking up in a mysterious puzzle-like cube with various rooms interlocked with one another, each presenting their own dangerous possibilities. The group then has to work out why they’re there and how to escape. Sort of like Saw but with maths. The remake is being described as a, “sci-fi survival thriller about artificial intelligence, humanity and the birth of a new “digital” race.” Sounds ambitious!

The original Cube – directed by Vincenzo Nitali, who would later go on to direct creature sci-fi Splice and several episodes of Hannibal – has garnered a strong cult following since its release back n 1997 and spawned a rather lacklustre sequel entitled Cube 2: Hypercube and a prequel Cube Zero. So it’s already something of a franchise but, despite the first one being less than 20 years old, they’re feeling the need to start over. It’s a very neat concept and while it will be hard to top the ingenious original, I’m still curious to see if they can make it as special this time around.

Do you think a Cube remake is a good idea?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter