No matter how much you may love and admire Steven Spielberg and James Wan for their original works, you have to raise an eyebrow on their decision to remake 90’s horror-comedy Arachnophobia.
The remake is in its very early stages at this point with only Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Wan’s Atomic Monster and the film’s original director, Frank Marshall as an executive producer attached. It is not thought that Wan will direct.
Marshall made his directorial debut on Arachnophobia in 1990. The original film starred Jeff Daniels and John Goodman and focused on a newly discovered Venezuelan spider being transported to a small American town, and producing a new species of deadly spiders, which begin killing the town’s residents. The film made approximately $53 million at the box office.
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The film’s original plotline read; After a nature photographer (Mark L. Taylor) dies on assignment in Venezuela, a poisonous spider hitches a ride in his coffin to his hometown in rural California, where arachnophobe Dr. Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels) has just moved in with his wife, Molly (Harley Jane Kozak), and young son. As town residents start turning up dead, Jennings begins to suspect spiders and must face his fears as he and no-nonsense exterminator Delbert McClintock (John Goodman) fight to stop a deadly infestation.
Not familiar with the original film? You can watch the trailer below to get a feel for the comedy horror. Do not watch if you have a fear of Spiders.