Hollywood Rec remake
First person footage is back with a vengeance as [Rec], the Spanish zombie horror film, is about to be remade by Hollywood. The film was made this year and is due for a Spanish release on October the 23rd.
The Last Broadcast and The Blair Witch Project were perhaps a little ahead of their game in the horror genre, as it's just now that we're seeing a number of horror films taking off with hand held video footage, even J.J. Abrams and George Romero are doing it.
I find the remake machine quite strange in Hollywood. Some decisions are inspired, some confusing, and most just plain transparent. At the end of it all it's about the money, and so Roy Lee, the Hollywood-foreign remake king, must see something profitable in it.
Rec is the story of a television reporter and her cameraman who head to a small fire in the centre of town. As they start filming the firemen who are trying to rescue an elderly woman from the blaze, screams fill the air and the camera turns on something that no one expected to film.
That's the blurb for the Spanish original directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. According to Variety through Jo Blo, Roy Lee will be moving the story to L.A. and it will be filmed by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle who made the recent The Poughkeepsie Tapes, a film I've been hearing a few snippets about but not yet seen, and one which carries that hand held footage feel to it.