FANGORIA RADIO spoke to genre veteran Wes Craven not long ago, and the filmmaker gave us an update on his LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake, which he revealed Rogue Pictures will begin shooting in South Africa (recent home to his production of THE BREED, as well as Neil Marshall’s Rogue project DOOMSDAY) in January. Craven noted that Greek director Dennis (HARDCORE) Illiadis is “very talented,” and when asked why his recent spate of remakes and sequels to remakes (!) have utilized foreign-born directors like THE HILLS HAVE EYES’ Alexandre Aja, HILLS II’s Martin Weisz and now LAST HOUSE’s Illiadis, he cited budgetary concerns: “They are not DGA directors, so we don’t have to make the films under DGA guidelines. Productions become more expensive when you have to add on assistant directors, 2nd assistant directors, etc.”
In terms of directorial gigs, Craven is mulling an offer to helm an episode of Mick Garris’ FEAR ITSELF (currently in jeopardy because of the writers’ strike) and has also written an untitled thriller that he wants to direct, which Craven calls “very unusual and personal. It’s the first movie that I will direct that I’ve also written since [1994’s] NEW NIGHTMARE.” More details to come.