Left Behind producer to remake David Cronenberg’s Rabid

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Variety reports that Jen and Sylvia Soska — twin sisters who have made a name for themselves in the horror genre — are going to direct a remake of an early film by their fellow Canadian David Cronenberg. There’s nothing too surprising about that.

What is surprising is that one of the producers of the new film — as well as a TV series based on the film — is Paul Lalonde, a Toronto-based filmmaker and former Bible-prophecy TV host who has spent the past 18 years producing a series of “faith-based” end-times thrillers, including all four films in the Left Behind franchise.

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Review: Evolution (dir. Ivan Reitman, 2001)

It’s clear from the trailers and posters for Evolution that director Ivan Reitman wanted to recapture some of the magic that made Ghostbusters, one of his earlier films, one of the most successful comedies of all time. The heroes in his new film do battle with alien lifeforms, rather than supernatural spooks, but otherwise, the mix of carefree humour and oversized special effects, combined with an outrageous product placement at the film’s climax, has a familiar feel. Dan Aykroyd even appears in a small role. But there’s one major problem with Evolution — it isn’t funny.

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