Considered one of the masters of horror, Larry Cohen wrote and directed a little horror film (amongst several) called It’s Alive (1974), which then gave birth to a couple of sequels.
The creature feature centered on a couple whose infant child is a mutant monster that kills people when it’s scared, with makeup and puppet effects from the legendary Rick Baker himself. In a recent interview with Indiewire, Cohen revealed that a certain Guardians of the Galaxy helmer wanted to remake the film and that he regrets not giving him the rights:
“James Gunn is a fan and a friend. He wanted to make a remake of It’s Alive actually but he couldn’t raise enough money to buy the rights. I’m sorry today I didn’t give them to him. But he’s beyond that now.”
Talking about remakes, Nicolas Winding Refn is set to produce a remake of Cohen’s 1988 horror film Maniac Cop, which starred Bruce Campbell. Cohen had some interesting things to say when he was asked about the project:
“I don’t know that it’s being remade. There’s been a lot of talk about it, but as far as I’m concerned, they don’t have the money. I don’t like remakes. It tires me out to see that they keep announcing this and that picture is being remade. I say, Why? It was a good movie. Why can’t you come up with some original idea? Why can’t you come up with something clever and new and different? Why does everything have to be a sequel or a remake or a comic book?”
There you have it. What do you think about Larry Cohen’s views on remakes (and sequels and comic book movies)? Would you have loved to have seen a James Gunn remake of It’s Alive?