90s horror-comedy classic 'Arachnophobia' remake is in the works

James Wan Producing Arachnophobia Remake

Though Deadline, who have the news, report that the film is a "remake" of the movie, which starred Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands and John Goodman, a tweet from Wan suggests the film might in-fact be a sequel - featuring Goodman's popular exterminator character from the first film. The project has no writer or director attached at this point in time, but Amblin is expected to tap a screenwriter to get started on the script in the near future.

Blockbuster filmmaker Wan, whose credits include The Conjuring, Furious Seven and Warner Bros' upcoming Aquaman, will not be directing the remake, but will be shepherding the film's fruition as producer.

Harking back to the b-movies of the 50s and 60s, it found Jeff Daniels' small town GP discovering the awful secret behind a series of local deaths, all of which turn out to be from a deadly species of spider brought back to the United States from the Amazon. Jeff Daniels and John Goodman starred in the original, in which a few fearless souls try to track down the queen before the hybrid breed can take hold.

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Made in 1990, Arachnophobia featured New Zealand spiders amongst the cast.

It grossed $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. Amblin produced "Ready Player One" and "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom".

Wan is repped by Paradigm, Stacey Testro International, and attorney David Fox.

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