Back in the days of yore, horror anthology movies were a dime a dozen. Grab an aging monster-movie star, put them in front of the camera to introduce a trio of stories, shoot on existing sets and you’re good to go. While the format still exists, it’s difficult to remember the last high-profile film that used it. Chris Columbus intends to change that.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbus will be producing a film based on the horror anthology comic Creepy. The man who wrote Goonies and Gremlins and directed the first two Harry Potter films will oversee the project and also direct one of the proposed four segments.
“I am thrilled to be immersed once again in the world of Creepy and [its sister magazine] Eerie,” Columbus said. “They featured some of the most important comic book artists of the time and were incredibly influential in my desire to become a filmmaker. It is really exciting to have the opportunity to bring these unique tales to the screen and share them with today’s audiences.”
Creepy and Eerie were released by Warren Publishing starting in the mid-1960s, and continued until 1983. Both were black-and-white magazines that featured short stories by some of the biggest names in comics. Frank Frazetta did a number of covers and stories for the mags, as did creators like Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Johnny Craig, Alex Toth, Al Williamson and Wally Wood. Whether the stories in the film will be taken directly from the issues, which can be read in many Dark Horse archive hardcovers, remains to be seen.
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