TOOLBOX MURDERS REMAKE
Film Jerk has announced that Tobe Hooper will be directing a remake of the famous Toolbox Murders...Here is what he had to say...
'I try my best to not editorialize when it comes to news stories on this site, but every once in a while, I cannot help but rant away. When I see someone like Tobe Hooper, who can be an inventive filmmaker when he wants to be, not only pissed away what could have been a fine career, but continues to make horrendous career choices. Twenty plus years past his last decent film, Hooper has decided it is better to work on second rate TV shows and direct to video clunkers like Crocodile than to try to mount a serious comeback. To this, the director, who recently celebrated his sixtieth birthday, has decided his next project will be a remake of the 1978 campfest The Toolbox Murders.
The original, once banned in Britain for its violent content, featured Cameron Mitchell as a ski-mask wearing psychotic who went around killing the residents of an apartment complex with the contents of his toobox. In Hooper?s remake, produced by Tony Didio, who also produced the original film, a married couple has just moved from the suburbs into an old Hollywood landmark, the Lusman Building, after the husband accepts a new job at a major advertising film. But their new dwelling houses dark secrets, and the renovation with the building?s structure brings those evils out into the open. The wife discovers the mystery and attempts to face down the supernatural evil that thrives within the Lusman.
The wife, Nell Burrows, is a teacher but has yet to land a job since the move. Separated from her friends and family, Nell is uncomfortable in her new setting and unused to living in a crowded apartment building. Likable and intelligent, she does the best she can to adjust to a new situation. But the Lusman Building is filled with odd characters and odd happenings. Soon, Nell comes to believe that something strange is going on at the Lusman, but when she investigates, she discovers more than she bargained for.
Her husband, Steven, is excited about his new job at an advertising agency. Though he's crazy about Nell, he's so busy working that he doesn't really recognize her loneliness in this new setting. He becomes increasingly frustrated with her preoccupation with the building and her irrational fears. But when Nell disappears, Steven discovers that her fears were well founded.
Byron McLieb, the manager of the Lusman Building, is a happy fellow, and perhaps a little too eager to help out his makeshift family of tenants. Always the salesman, Byron refuses to acknowledge that something bad might be happening at the Lusman.
Other tenants in the building include Julia, an attractive thirtysomething woman who has recently lost 57 pounds and is searching for her soul mate online, Austin, a fifteen year computer expert who spies on his neighbors with the help of some cleverly placed webcams, Chas, an old man who's lived in the Lusman Building since the 1940s and knows more than anyone about the building's dangerous secrets, and a variety of characters who can easily be described as ?Los Angeles types? with descriptions like ?a hipster devoted to all things retro, outfitted in Buddy Holly glasses and a 50s cowboy shirt? or ?a feng shui consultant who carries herself with the aura of a Zen master? and ?a bohemian hipster with a Courtney Love personality.?'
Shooting begins in Los Angeles on June 2. No distributor is currently attached to the project.
Courtesy of Film Jerk