LANG ELLIOTT, PRESIDENT & CEO OF SUNN CLASSIC PICTURES, INC., ANNOUNCED THAT SUNN PLANS TO PRODUCE THE REMAKE OF “CUJO” THIS COMING YEAR REPRESENTING THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY SINCE SUNN PRODUCED AND DISTRIBUTED THE ORIGINAL “CUJO” MOTION PICTURE IN 1983, BASED UPON STEPHEN KING’S NOVEL.
The 1983 version was highly successful at the worldwide box-office and, compared with today’s inflation and higher ticket prices, the box-office would be well over $225 million even without ancillary sales (i.e., DVD, cable, free television, pay-per-view, etc.).
CUJO is the story of a large, playful St. Bernard dog that is transformed into a hideous killing machine after being infected by rabies. Donna Trenton’s car is on the fritz, and she and her son take her ailing automobile to their mechanic. Upon their arrival, the car stalls and refuses to restart. The mechanic fails to appear so Donna searches for him. The transformed, maniacal “CUJO” reveals himself; he is highly agitated and very aggressive. Donna hardly recognizes this filthy, monstrous creature foaming at the mouth. Suddenly “CUJO” charges Donna, who barely makes it back into the car for protection. Trapped with her son and the windows rolled up, the sweltering heat begins to take its toll. “CUJO’s” powerful state of insanity and violence await.
For more than a century it is, at the very least, difficult to imagine how many millions of boys and girls, men and women, from all parts of the world, have become enamored by the timeless chronicle of the errant marionette and his enchanted aspiration to become a genuine boy. This particular inspirational interpretation presents a modern day Pinocchio fabricated of pre-used junk components, including computer chips and automobile parts built in Los Angeles, California USA by a good hearted, loving, tender and rather muscular tinker named Junior.
The setting may be today but the time-honored virtues of education, discipline, friendship, obligation, control, respect, pride, honor, loyalty, truth, love, unity, history and maturity pursue the enthusiastic wannabe lad through one exciting adventure after another until he finally realizes that he must give up his uncontainable directives to behave badly, and live by the pronouncement that his human friend has endeavored to impart to him, “The truth shall set you free – then all of heaven will watch over you.”
Children of all ages will connect to this new Pinocchio, and parents will laud the lessons taught in this motion picture concerning family, love, what it means to become a real boy, the virtues of life, and believing in yourself and your aspirations. This will be the Pinocchio that this generation, and other generations to follow, will remember and come to love.
After all, you are what you make of yourself.