‘Stranger’ redials

Screen Gems scares up horror remake duo

Sony’s Screen Gems has some scares in store.

The label is planning a remake of cult horror pic “When a Stranger Calls” and sequel “When a Stranger Returns.”

Jake Wadewall is penning the remake of 1979 Columbia Pictures release “When a Stranger Calls.” Ken Lemberger produces.

Pic was brought to Sony by Screen Gems prexy Clint Culpepper. Stacy Kolker-Cramer is overseeing the project.

So far, “When a Stranger Returns” is only in treatment form.

Carol Kane starred in the original “Stranger” as a high school student traumatized during an evening of babysitting by a caller who repeatedly asks, “Have you checked the children lately?” After notifying the police, she is told that the calls are coming from inside the house.

Wadewall sold the horror thriller spec script “Next Door” to New Line and is writing the next installment in the “Halloween” series for Dimension.

Lemberger is a producer on Phoenix Pictures’ “All the King’s Men,” which is about to gear up at Columbia Pictures. Sean Penn and Jude Law star.

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