Live-action remake of "Fantastic Planet" in development
Dennis Bartok and Steven Schneider have formed Five Windows Prods. to develop horror, fantasy, sci-fi and crime-genre remakes.With David Alpert at Circle of Confusion, Five Windows is developing a live-action remake of French animated sci-fier “Fantastic Planet.” The original film won the Grand Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Other projects include a remake of 1972 British supernatural thriller “The Asphyx,” about a man who can photograph souls as they leave the dying, and 1970 pic “Blood on Satan’s Claw,” in which the children of a village slowly become a satanic coven. The company is teamed with co-producer Ian Levy on “Evenmere,” an adaptation of James Stoddard’s fantasy novel “The High House.” Bartok’s writing credits include spec “The American Princess,” which he sold to New Line Cinema with Team Todd. He’s head of programming for the American Cinematheque’s screening series at the Egyptian Theater. Schneider recently set up Graham Masterton’s horror novel “Family Portrait” at Gold Circle Films, with J.T. Petty to adapt. He’s currently earning doctorates in philosophy at Harvard U. and in cinema studies at NYU, and he is the author or editor of a dozen books, including “Fear Without Frontiers: Horror Cinema Across the Globe” (FAB Press), “Eurohorror” (British Film Institute) and “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” (Barrons).