‘Arachnophobia’ remake in the works with James Wan producing



arachnophobia-movieSpiders will always remain creepy, so a remake of Arachnophobia is evergreen.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and James Wan’s Atomic Monster are teaming up on a remake of 1990’s horror-comedy “Arachnophobia.”

The film, the eight-legged PG-horror-comedy from 1990, which was unveiled on Monday, is at the early stages with no director, actors, or writers attached.

It will be interesting to see the new approach they will take to the remake. Will they keep the horror-comedy vibe or will they go straight horror?

The original was directed by Frank Marshall in his directorial debut, and starred Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Harley Jane Kozak, and Julian Sands.

It was the first movie released by Disney’s Hollywood Pictures label, and was produced by Amblin and Tamgled Wed Prods.

“Arachnophobia,” named after the fear of spiders and other arachnids such as scorpions, made use of Avondale spiders from New Zealand, which were picked due to their large size and harmless nature.

The film centered on a newly discovered Venezuelan spider being transported in a crate with a dead body to a small American town and producing a new species of deadly spiders, which embarked on a killing spree on the town’s residents. It’s up to a couple of doctors with the help of an insect exterminator to annihilate these eight legged freaks before they take over the entire town.

It grossed a respectable $53 million at the box office, and though it cost a healthy $30 million to make, it grossed a further $30 million through video rental.