AIP Remakes Set by Sam Arkoff’s Son, Hal Sadoff, Jeff Katz

1950s Cult Movie Remake

'She Creature,' 'Girls in Prison' among 10 titles from Arkoff-Nicholson Library to be updated

Samuel Arkoff’s son Lou Arkoff, writer-producer Jeff Katz and Hal Sadoff are teaming to remake 1950s cult pics from the Arkoff-Nicholson library of American Intl. Pictures.

Katz, Arkoff and Sadoff will initially update 10 of the 25 low-budget titles in the library: “The Brain Eaters,” “Girls in Prison,” “She Creature,” “Viking Women & the Sea Serpent,” “Teenage Caveman,” “Runaway Daughters,” “The Undead,” “War of the Colossal Beast,” “‘Cool & the Crazy” and “Day the World Ended.”

All the redos will be set in the same AIP universe, with the possibility of the same characters appearing in several films. All 10 will be shot back-to-back, with production set to start this fall.

Lou Arkoff previously produced AIP remakes on Showtime’s Rebel Highway series in the 1990s, as well as a series of AIP creature titles for HBO Cinemas with Stan Winston.

Founded in 1954 by Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson, AIP was devoted to low-budget, independent films focused on the teen audience. AIP went on to produce and/or distribute more than 500 films, including the “Beach Party” series with Frankie Avalon and the late Annette Funicello.

Katz is repped by UTA.

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  1. Joe Smart says:

    They already did this twice, as the story points out. How much of an audience is there for remakes of 1950’s schlock films? Why not try to produce new films with the AIP spirit rather than go the remake route yet again?

  2. Simon Love says:

    Jeff Katz is also behind Wrestling Retribution Project, which never came out.

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