Last September was when Jessica shared the news about Mick Garris helming a remake of the 1979 horror flick Thirst -- and then we stopped hearing things. Until now! Here's some rather cool news: Not only has Mr. Garris moved on to do something different (a Stephen King adaptation, imagine that), but it looks like flick fanboy favorite Joe Dante will be settling into the director's chair!
Forgive the exclamation point, but I've been a huge Joe Dante fan since I was old enough to run the VHS all by myself. (For those with short memories: Joe Dante directed Piranha, The Howling, Explorers. Innerspace, both Gremlins, the best segment of the Twilight Zone movie, two episodes of Police Squad, and a whole bunch of other colorful stuff.) Dante's last effort was the under-appreciated Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but according to Fangoria, the veteran flick-maker will be at the helm of Thirst, which is a remake of a fairly obscure Australian thriller that came from director Rod Hardy and screenwriter John Pinkney. It told the story of a vicious cult full of blood-lovers.
Obviously Thirst is a movie I need to rent, because I don't think I've ever seen it! (How embarrassing.) More news on Joe Dante's newest venture when it comes across the wire.