Title for Cujo Remake is now an Acronym. There’s an old Hollywood mantra that states if you don’t want to lose your audience, never, ever kill the dog. As such, the killer dog sub-genre of horror movies has never enjoyed great longevity. Films like Samuel Fuller’s thought-provoking White Dog and the Lance Henriksen sci-fi thriller Man’s Best Friend didn’t exactly have studios chomping at the bit for a slew of imitators.
It’s no surprise, then, that Cujo – arguably the most successful killer St. Bernard flick – took so long to be considered for a remake. Now, Arrowinthehead.com is reporting that Sunn Classic Pictures is planning to bring the rabid mutt back to the screen with Lang Elliot attached to helm.
The most interesting piece of information, however, is the acronymic title. C.U.J.O., rather than just being a dog’s name, appears to now mean Canine Unit Joint Operations. With no plot details, one can only assume the film is going to incorporate some science fiction elements. The acronym gimmick, given how awkward the full title is, could also be a winking nod to 80’s government experiments gone wrong films like C.H.U.D.
It’s important to remember that CUJO is one of Stephen King’s novels he claims to have no recollection writing due to a severe cocaine addiction. So any ridiculous plot twist could easily have merit.
On the previous incarnation of Cujo:
Cujo is a 1983 American psychological horror/thriller film based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Teague, and written by Don Carlos Dunaway and Lauren Currier…A friendly St. Bernard named “Cujo” contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
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