Wrong Turn Reboot Movie in the Works with Original Writer

Horror film franchise Wrong Turn is the latest property to get the reboot treatment.

A Wrong Turn reboot movie is in the works. – Whether or not moviegoers were clamoring for such a thing remains to be seen.

Regardless, Deadline reports that the Fox-distributed Wrong Turn slasher series is coming back to the forefront, thanks to original company Constantin Films, which has tapped franchise creator Alan B. McElroy (The Vampire Diaries, Spawn, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Meyers) to write a script that updates his original cannibal-killers-in-the-woods concept. This reinvented Wrong Turn movie will see Mike P. Nelson (The Domestics, Studio Luma) occupy the director’s chair.  

Martin Moszkowicz will serve as executive producer joined by Constantin’s Robert Kulzer. As Kulzer lauds of the reboot effort:

“Alan’s re -interpretation of his own work and Mike’s vision are a frightening reflection of our world today: one person’s American dream is another’s worst nightmare.”

The Wrong Turn franchise launched with the 2003 theatrically released original movie, directed by Rob Schmidt. That film established a premise that could be described as “The Hills Have Eyes in the woods,” following the frightening arboreal ordeal of stranded motorists – a meeting-bound med student (Desmond Harrington) and camping college students (Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers and Lindy Booth) – left vulnerable in remote West Virginia woods as they are stalked by inbred murderous mutant mountain people.

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The film was a relatively successful low-budget effort and reaped $28.6 million worldwide. A sequel, 2007’s Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, would have a limited release, followed by an array of straight-to-DVD sequels. The last of the series, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort, was only just released in 2014.

Of course, with very few uncharted paths left in the whole “inbred mutants slaying stranded motorists” genre, the Wrong Turn reboot will distinguish itself by attempting a topical approach to the original premise, since it will apparently incorporate issues related to contemporary society and its myriad issues. Moreover, the reboot will apparently bypass the whole “stranded motorists” trope, reportedly set to center on a group of friends on a cross-country hiking expedition who unwittingly wander into the territory of an inclusive society who live under a different rule of law and might not be the victims that they initially seemed. – After all, what would a slasher film about inbred mutant cannibals be if didn’t have something poignant to say about society?

We’ll keep you updated on the Wrong Turn reboot movie as news arrives.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.

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