Ryan Murphy Talks 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown' Remake

This is a remake that I am extremely nervous about.  Not that I fear it will ruin the original -- but honestly -- fear that I will like this new version better.  The Town That Dreaded Sundown has always had a special place in my heart.  I had never seen the film until I heard it referenced in 1996's Scream.  After that, I checked it out and loved it; so much so that I researched it to get all facts about the Phantom Killer case in Texarkana.  I was completely captivated.

Word broke a couple weeks back that American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy was going to be remaking that film.  And my first though: this is absolutely fantastic!  Alas, a classic horror remake that can, and mostly will, surpass the original.

Here's what Murphy has to say about the anticipated remake...
Well, there’s no deal done. We’re just working at it. But, I’m friends with Jason Blum, who is one of the producers on The Normal Heart, which is a movie that I’m doing, and he’s also the brilliant mastermind behind the Paranormal Activity series. Jason has a very great idea to do horror movies for a price, and I think he’s right. So, he said to me, “If there’s ever anything that you want to do, please come to me.” And the movie that I was most freaked out by, as a child, was this movie that no one ever saw, called The Town that Dreaded Sundown, which was based on the Texarkana killings. I just started to babysit my brother, and the ads for that movie would come on and I would get freaked out. So, I went to him with this and MGM was gracious enough to let us do it with him. We’re doing a modern-day version remake that’s a weird meta thing with that. Alfonso is in negotiations to be the director of that, which would hopefully shoot in the spring, before we go back to do Horror Story.
Now as for the whole meta aspect of the story, does this mean that 2011's Scream 4 is actually influencing future films?

Source: Collider