Cinedigm to Launch Shared Exploitation Universe with 10 AIP Remakes



The shared cinematic universe model now made so famous and successful by Marvel Entertainment is extending to other studios’ superhero properties, to the Universal Monsters, to Robin Hood and now, low-budget genre film. Cinedigm, in a move perhaps more exploitation-esque than most modern exploitation homage, has announced plans to remake ten of the Samuel Z. Arkoff 1950s AIP titles back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back this fall. 

Teaming with producers Lou Arkoff (Samuel Z.’s son), Jeff Katz and Hal Sadoff, Cinedigm “will handle the theatrical release, DVD, digital, TV and nontheatrical formats including on CONtv, Cinedigm’s upcoming digital network targeted to the Comic-Con audience,” reports Variety. Katz has penned all ten of the exploitation redos including films based on works from Roger Corman and Bert I. Gordon. The full slate is: Girls in Prison, Viking Women and the Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters, She-Creature, Teenage Caveman, Reform School Girl, The Undead, War of the Colossal Beast, The Cool and the Crazy and The Day the World Ended.

The films are promised to be single entities while connecting on a larger level. Katz says, “Each movie in this series has a complete beginning, middle and end, yet watched over all 10 films we’re really telling one larger, epic story. These are very much, at heart, indie comic book movies. Unpretentious. R-Rated. It’s fantastic to have a distribution model that fits that sensibility.”

Arkoff adds, “In a unique twist on the current filmmaking model, all 10 films will shoot back-to-back and share a single movie universe with a big recurring cast of antiheroes, monsters and bad girls.”

Filmmakers and cast will be announced soon. 

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