Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, whose script Feast was produced for the third season of Matt Damon’s and Ben Affleck’s reality series Project Greenlight, have been hired to write a remake of the 1959 Vincent Price horror pic The Tingler. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo will completely rewrite a script that Greg Pace penned for Columbia Pictures during its earlier attempts to bring the project to the screen.
In the original William Castle film, Price plays a scientist who discovers a creature that lives on people’s spinal chords and thrives on fear. Like most Castle pics, the film contained a number of gimmicks. Moviegoers were encouraged to scream since that was the only thing that could control the title monster. Castle also had theater seats equipped with large joy buzzers to give audience members a jolt at key moments.
All the scares in the remake will likely remain on the screen in the form of CG effects, but premiere audiences might expect a little Castle-like showmanship. The redo is being produced by Neal Moritz through his Sony-based company Original Film. Elizabeth Cantillon and Doug Belgrad are overseeing production for Sony Pictures.
Miramax offshoot Dimension Films gave Feast a limited theatrical run this past Halloween before releasing it on home video just three weeks later. Since winning Project Greenlight, Melton and Dunstan have been hired to write the fifth installment in the Highlander series for Dimension, and successfully pitched the studio a horror film titled Midnight Man, which Dunstan will direct. The writing team also has a teen horror pilot titled The Vineyard set up with Fox Broadcasting Co.