SDCC Exclusive! Craig Perry Talks Motel Hell


The Final Destination producer on the planned remake

Craig Perry, the producer of the “Final Destination” movies, is always fun to talk to as we’ve learned from past meetings, and had another chance to sit down with him once again at Comic-Con after they showed the extended 3D trailer for the fourth (and last) movie in the franchise, The Final Destination.

Before ending the interview, he told us he’s still hoping to get a remake of Kevin Connor’s 1980 gorefest Motel Hell off the ground with Steven C. Miller (Automaton Transfusion) directing, though right now, it’s really up to MGM if it will happen or not.

“It’s been in the works forever, and it’s a movie that I won’t make a penny on but it should be unbelievably fun if we can get it together and that’s up to the corporate guys,” Perry told us, figuring that it would be a smaller movie costing roughly $3 or 4 million compared to the bigger budget “Final Destination” flicks. “It doesn’t need to be bigger than that. That’s a movie about balancing tone. What we want to do is re-address the tone of the original, which was not really cohesive or coherent, it was just campy. Make it really scary, and then go back and find the jokes and the humor to leaven it so that you don’t disregard what made the first one so much fun and entertaining, but really deliver some (scares). It is a horror movie, let’s not shirk our responsibility there.”

We’ll have a full interview with Perry talking about the progress on The Final Destination very soon.

Source: Edward Douglas