James Wan is Producing an ‘Arachnophobia’ Remake

Jason McDonald

You know what freaks people out? Spiders. You know what we haven’t had in a while? A movie about spiders.  So it seems like the perfect marriage to have a guy like James Wan work on bringing a horror movie about spiders to life.  Unfortunately, it looks like a what we’re getting is a remake of “Arachnophobia.”

Deadline is reporting that James Wan is set to produce a remake of the 1990 cult classic “Arachnophobia.”  The original film starred Jeff Daniels as a small town doctor with an extreme fear of spiders and John Goodman as a rough and tough exterminator.  The plot centered around a super deadly South American spider finding its way to a small American town where it breeds with a more common household spider creating an army of deadly spiders that infest the town.  While it sounds like pure nightmare fuel for anyone with a bit of actual arachnophobia (like me), it’s actually a bit of a horror-comedy.

Now, normally I don’t poo poo on the idea of remakes, but this film I have a hard time imagining being able to recapture the spirit of the original.  The first film is a solid movie on its own, but what really sells it are the performances from John Goodman and Jeff Daniels.  Its one of Goodman’s more iconic roles and the film is elevated because of it.  It’s hard to imagine someone coming along and recapturing that magic.

But if James Wan is producing it, maybe he has some idea to make it its own unique thing that’ll stand alongside the original and not try to replace it.  Time will tell.  For now the film doesn’t even have a writer, so we’ll have to wait and see how this one shapes up.

Meanwhile, enjoy a bit of John Goodman from the original.


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