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Urban Legend Franchise Is Getting A Modern Reboot

The legend is reborn

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Check the back seat and get ready to have your kidneys harvested because Urban Legend is getting a flashy reboot for us millennials. Back in 1998, Jamie Blanks’ Urban Legend cashed in on the hype of Scream with a different take on the tale.

Starring a who’s who of up and coming stars, Blanks united Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, and Tara Reid as a university campus was rocked by a spate of seemingly supernatural murders. Supporting performances from legends Brad Dourif, Loretta Devine, and Freddy himself (Robert Englund) made Urban Legends a campy caper we couldn’t get enough of.

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Although the movie bombed in the critical stakes, it made enough at the box office to warrant 2000’s Urban Legends: Final Cut. The sequel brought back Devine as the fan-favourite Reese and included the likes of Jennifer Morrison and Eva Mendes. The trilogy somehow rounded out with the abysmal and direct-to-DVD Urban Legends: Bloody Mary in 2005.

Now, there’s a whole new era of superstitious urban legends coming our way as Deadline confirms the franchise is getting a complete reboot courtesy of Screen Gems. The site explains, “Urban Legend will introduce an iconic new slasher for the digital age in a world where internet urban legends are born and move at a terrifying pace.”

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It may sound great, but remember how Scream 4 tried to update its tried and tested formula with a more modern approach and ended up with mixed results. Elsewhere, who could forget the panning of 2019’s Child’s Play when Chucky was swapped out for a robotic version?


Either way, Urban Legend has secured Colin Minihan for the director’s chair. For those who haven’t heard of him, his work includes indie horrors like It Stains the Sands Red and What Keeps You Alive.

It’s an odd piece of news, but to be honest, we’re living it for it. While the Scream series span out into an impressive franchise of four movies and set the bar for ’90s slashers, Urban Legend became something of an urban legend in its own right.

Posting on Twitter, Minihan tipped Urban Legend as a ‘reboot’, suggesting you probably won’t get a cameo from Jared Leto. That being said, who else can imagine him playing a creepy college professor who is an expert on urban legends?

The new movie will take horror into the digital age, meaning the writers are probably trawling through Creepypasta right now. Urban Legend has been fast-tracked into the casting process, so expect to find out more very soon.

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