According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amblin Partners has tapped Christopher Landon to write and direct their upcoming Arachnophobia remake. Landon is best known for helming both Happy Death Day movies as well as Freaky.

James Wan and his Atomic Monster cohort Michael Clear are producing the feature project along with Amblin, while Frank Marshall, the Jurassic World franchise producer who made his directorial debut with the 1990 movie, will exec produce.

A horror comedy, Arachnophobia centered on a small town terrorized by a colony of deadly South American spiders accidentally brought into the U.S. Jeff Daniels starred as a doctor who moves his family from the big city for the calm bucolic small-town life, while John Goodman plays a know-it-all exterminator. Julian Sands and Harley Jane Kozak were also in the cast.

Atomic Monster’s next has an adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, starring Lewis Pullman and directed by Gary Dauberman, hitting theaters Sept. 9, while Wan’s next directorial effort is Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which opens March 17, 2023.

What do you make of this news? Does an Arachnophobia remake something that excites you? Should Christopher Landon be the person spearheading this project? Sound off in the comments below to let us and the rest of the movie loving world know your thoughts!


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