Christine’s John Carpenter Says Remake Would “Probably Be Better”

It was confirmed two years ago that the original film adaptation of Christine, based on Stephen King’s hit horror novel, would be remade. Bryan Fuller, an American screenwriter behind several hit shows including HannibalAmerican Gods, and Star Trek: Discovery, was attached to direct. 

The original film, starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, and Alexandra Paul, was directed by John Carpenter and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in December 2023. Speaking to Bloody Disgusting about the remake, Carpenter, known for his work on Ghosts On Mars and the Halloween franchise, weighed in on the upcoming retelling of the horror classic. 

“I know there’s some rumblings about its anniversary. My question is ‘why’?” Carpenter was quick off the mark to ask during the interview. “Oh boy,” he added, wishing Fuller luck for the remake, suggesting that the film would “probably be better.”

Keith Gordon, who portrayed Ernie Cunningham in the original film, added his thoughts on the remake. The 62-year-old actor, who has several director credits to his name (including multiple episodes of Dexter), described Fuller as “really talented” and felt he was “a good person to do it.”

“I mean, I don’t have a negative feeling about people remaking something, especially 40 years later. Christine could be told in a different way and not be an insult to the original,” Gordon continued.

“There’s a very short list of untouchable classics that should never be remade – films where their groundbreaking-ness or idiosyncrasy is what makes them special. I wouldn’t want to see anybody’s remake of Citizen Kane, or 2001, or Raging Bull,” he added.

Producers connected to the remake include Jason Blum, Steven Hoban, and Vincenzo Natali. Christine follows teenage outcast Arnie Cunningham, who buys Christine, an evil entity that takes the form of a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury.

No further details are known about the Christine remake.

Matt Bailey

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