Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes spent the ’00s and ’10s rebooting a handful of classic ’70s and ’80s horror properties like Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher and A Nightmare on Elm Street. However, it looks like the recent successes of A Quiet Place and The Purge franchise has led to a new direction for the production company.
In a recent interview with CinePOP, Platinum Dunes co-founder Brad Fuller said “We’ve rebooted enough,” while other co-founder Andrew Form added “We’ve done all of our [rebooted] horror movies. We’re not going to be doing that anymore.” They then said:
“For us, as a company, we’re always looking for original material. And the idea of finding something original was important for us. We made a film where there’s two to three minutes of talking in the movie, where sound is a full character, and it feels like audiences are really responding to those ingredients.”
It is interesting that is it horror production companies like Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse are the ones going back to original material instead of just mining the well for old ideas. Horror is currently in one lucky place as the last few years have seen Split, Get Out, Don’t Breathe, It Follows, The Purge, and now A Quiet Place find a successful sliver of box office coin. Hopefully, other studios will take notice and begin to focus on original ideas for a variety of other genres. After all, you can only reboot everything so many times before you are then left with rebooting the reboots.
A Quiet Place is currently in theaters.