It's not surprising at all that a remake of Cujo, the 1983 horror film adapted from Stephen King's novel of the same name, is on the way. Horror remakes are legion, and the Stephen King library is still a popular and profitable well from which to draw. So, if the news was simply "someone's remaking Cujo," everyone would likely shrug, sigh and move on. According to a new report, though, this particular remake (or "reboot," as the producers are calling it) might be heading for something very different.
Film School Rejects reports that a press release from the reboot's producers -- issued apparently to announce the casting of actor D.J. Perry (Ghost Town: The Movie) -- has revealed that the flick has a new, very odd title. The word Cujo is still there, but it's broken up into an acronym: C.U.J.O. The full title is C.U.J.O.: Canine Unit Joint Operations.
Now, as you may recall, the original Cujo is about a rabid dog that attacks a mother and her son when they bring their car to Cujo's owner for repairs. The meat of the horror stems from the mother and child, trapped in a stalled, hot car, trying to survive while a monster stalks them outside. This title, if indeed it is the final one, seems to have nothing to do with the plot of the original story, so what's going on here? Is this an attempt to create some kind of monster dog unit that can be spun off into sequels? Is Cujo going to be a police dog of some kind? Is it even a horror story anymore?
We have no idea at the moment, but at least this makes the reboot a little more interesting. We'll keep checking for more news, if only to see how bonkers this idea gets.
(Via Film School Rejects)