If there was ever a franchise that stripped the killer-mutant concept down to its bones to maximize profitability… That’s right… Wrong Turn is back as another horror remake. We all know that profitable franchises don’t stay dead and buried. They rise up again and again. Each time the corpse is a little more putrified. But every once in a while we have a filmmaker who comes along and thinks he can rejuvenate some of the rotting flesh, through some sort of Frankenstein technique. For Wrong Turn, Mike Nelson believes he is the mad scientist for the job. And to his credit, he also dug up the writer of the original, Alan McElroy, to serve as an Igor of sorts.
About a month ago, principal filming began in Ohio. They hooked Charlotte Vega into playing the lead. She is known for a better-than-average performance in the middling Irish film, The Lodgers.
This will be the seventh Wrong Turn movie, but as a reboot, probably won’t have a ‘seven’ in the title. Aside from Mike Nelson directing, having Alan McElroy write and Charlotte Vega in the lead gives me a little hope. The original Wrong Turn had the benefit of limited originality and pretty decent acting, when compared to others in the franchise. (I confess the film is one of my guilty pleasures.)
Supposedly this one will have a story with greater depth. A very modest synopsis has been released by Constantin Pictures (via Deadline): ‘A group of friends are hiking the Appalachian Trail when they encounter members of The Foundation.’ That’s all we got.
If all goes according to plan, Wrong Turn will be released in 2020. Wish I had some pics for you, but no stills have been released.