If you smell a rat, you’re not alone.
Percentery Endeavor is hawking a remake of the macabre 1971 “Willard” from writer Glen Morgan and writer-director James Wong.
On Tuesday, execs all over town — among them Revolution Studios’ Joe Roth and Todd Garner; DreamWorks Pictures’ toppers Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg and production prexy Michael DeLuca; Universal Pictures’ Scott Stuber; Paramount’s Brian Witten; and Miramax’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein — got a whiff of the rodent pic’s new incarnation: The reworked spec from the duo that created “Final Destination” arrived in a cage… with rats.
Original pic was produced by Bing Crosby and followed a socially persecuted young man who exacts revenge — and not of the “Eek!-a-mouse” variety — on his co-workers with a bloodthirsty rodent.
This go-round, the “Willard” budget will be similarly modest, around $19 million-$20 million. Where it will land is anyone’s guess. Morgan and Wong are writing “The One” for Revolution, “After the Visitation” for Sony and the remake of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” for Miramax. The duo also has a TV deal at DreamWorks.