Kurt Wimmer’s Children of the Corn remake wraps production
After making headlines last month for continuing to film on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia despite the COVID-19 lockdown laws imposed throughout the country, producer Lucas Foster has confirmed that production has officially wrapped on director Kurt Wimmer’s upcoming remake of the 1984 horror film Children of the Corn.
“We’re thrilled to be able to announce the completion of principal photography with Elena, Kate, Callan and Bruce who lead our cast on this reimagining of Stephen King’s timeless short story,” Foster said in a statement (via Deadline). “We’d like to thank our cast and crew for their unrivalled professionalism, banding together to work to bring this movie to life. It was incredibly important to us to us to keep our production alive and to keep people employed and productive for as long as we could do so safely, during this crisis. We accomplished that – no one got sick and we all figured out how to work together as a team to do our jobs while keeping our cast, crew and workplace, safe and secure. We’d also like to thank Screen NSW, Safe Work NSW and all those vendors and suppliers who worked with us as valuable partners during the shoot to ensure the health and safety of our cast and crew was protected.”
In interview with Variety, Foster has finally opened up about their decision to move forward with the filming, revealing that they were able to safely carry out production through the guidance of Safe Work NSW (New South Wales) and safety expert and stunt coordinator, Jon Headey, who both handled the film’s shoot schedule and production strategies that were placed to ensure the health and safety of the entire crew.
“You can theorize all you like about safety protocols, but until you get on set, you don’t really know. But I can now tell you it is impossible to keep a camera crew 1.5 meters apart,” Foster said. “We ended up taking hundreds of measures. We did not trust the whole. Instead, we broke down every scene separately. Night. Day. Crowds. Interiors. And so on, assessing different levels of risk,”
The Children of the Corn remake is being described as the events leading up to, and including, the massacre of the adults of a small town in Nebraska by their children, after the adults’ irresponsibility ruins the crop and the children’s future.
In addition, Foster has revealed that Wimmer’s film won’t really be connected to the Fritz Kiersch’s 1984 version. “We went back to the story and free-associated from there,”
The film stars young actors Elena Kampouris (Before I Fall), Kate Moyer (When Hope Calls), Callan Mulvey (Avengers: Endgame) and Bruce Spence (The Road Warrior).
The remake will be produced by Lucas Foster, Doug Barry and John Baldecchi with Wimmer, Mathieu Bonzon, Donald P. Borchers, Pascal Borno, John Fragomeni, Brian LaRoda, Keri Nakamoto, Andre Gaines and Sean Harner serving as executive producers.
The 1984 Children of the Corn feature adaptation of Stephen King‘s short story of the same name was directed by Fritz Kiersch and written by George Goldsmith. The movie starred Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton, and earned $14.6 million at the box office. The movie centered on a young couple who become trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe that everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.