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Ryan Murphy Enters ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’

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Ryan Murphy is about to tell a new American Horror Story: the producer has officially signed on to help bring a remake of the 1976 B-movie ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ to the big screen. Murphy will produce with new horror impresario Jason Blum (‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘Sinister’), while one of his ‘American Horror Story’ directors, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, will helm.

Jump after the break for more details!

If you’re unfamiliar with the original film (and you’ll certainly be forgiven if that’s the case), it was based on a series of real-life killings attributed to a man dubbed as the Phantom Killer, who murdered five people between February and May 1946 in Texarkana. He was never captured. The film was directed by Charles B. Pierce, who toiled in the fake documentary/found footage subgenre well before it became the popular gimmick it is today. (He also made the mini-classic mockumentary ‘The Legend of Boggy Creek’.)

Murphy and Blum will supervise the retelling for MGM, and the team is looking to commence shooting in the spring. The screenplay has already been written, by playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who recently penned the ‘Carrie’ remake for MGM.

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon helmed five episodes of ‘American Horror Story’ and eight episodes of ‘Glee’ for Murphy, hence the two are familiar with one another. He’s also been the Second Unit Director on features like ‘Argo’ and ‘Eat Pray Love’, so he’s well-versed in the world of movies as well.

Check out the trailer for the original film (which will be hitting Blu-ray at some point this year) below and get an idea of what Murphy and Co. will be working with. It’s not difficult to imagine a re-imagening of the idea…

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