With slasher films on the rise, the original producer of 1981's Madman, Gary Sales is planning a remake of the the film. Sales co-created Madman alongside the late Joe Giannone.
In a recent chat with Bloody Disgusting, Sales said that the remake's script has been written and “springs from the original campfire tale DNA of the ’80s slasher.”
“The Madman remake script is written," Sales explained. "I’m in the process, through my agent and my industry contacts, of getting it into the hands of studios, production companies and financiers who see the incredible value and potential of Madman as an Icon of Fright and a horror brand that could last another 38 years,”
Sales continued, “Madman has a very loyal audience over these many years and we’ve picked up a lot of new audience since the advent of Blu-ray, streaming and the net, so I’m casting a net to bring Madman to everyone around the world that loves horror today. Our fans run from Peoria to Perth and New York to Germany, Sweden and Pakistan. And that includes Quentin Tarantino, who’s always been a champion and great fan of the picture. It was his proramming it at the Alamo Draft House Midnite shows that kept us alive coming into the 21st century.”
Sales also touched on the script's approach.
“It still opens with its iconic campfire. But there’ll be a new Max telling the tale,” Sales divulged. “And it’s going to be a more interactive tale. Meaning, some of the victims have a chance. There’ll be something to root for. And lastly, without giving away too much… Even before it’s become so popular, I’d been re-writing Madman with a female lead who has to find her courage in the midst of the murder and mayhem of that terrible night.”
In the original film, at a summer camp in the woods, a counselors decides to regale the campers and other counselors with a frightening tale of a local serial killer, Madman Marz. As the story goes, if his name is uttered above a whisper, he will return to the area to kill. Unimpressed and unafraid, an impudent teen feels compelled to test the legend -- despite the deadly consequences. Within moments, Madman Marz is back again for blood.