Jeff Katz Plans a New Trip to Sleepaway Camp


Camp Arawak is getting ready to open its doors for another summer. In an appropriately Halloween-timed announcement, Deadline is reporting that producer Jeff Katz has optioned the rights to the cult horror classic Sleepaway Camp and is looking to reboot the franchise on the big screen.

Written and directed by Robert Hiltzik, the 1983 original featured a surprising twist ending that set it apart from other slasher fare of the era. The series continued with two direct sequels, which featured a slightly more comical approach with Pamela Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen’s sister) in the lead. A fourth film, Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor, started production in 1992 and remained unfinished for two decades before going direct to DVD. Most recently, Hiltzik returned to the franchise for Return to Sleepaway Camp, which similarly languished in post-production before finally receiving a DVD release in 2008.

Katz will produce alongside Hiltzik, Michele Tatosian, and Felissa Rose.