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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Children of the Corn's Original Director Unsure of Remake

I happened upon a rather obscure little interview today, and thought it deserved a wider audience. Fritz Kiersch, director of Children of the Corn (1984) was interviewed in the Oklahoma City Community College Pioneer of all places (apparently Kiersch is a former film professor there), and had a few things to say about the Sci-Fi Channel remake currently being made by Donald Borchers, his producer on the original.

"Donald is on his own on this one," Kiersch says. "I wish him the best of luck but the 'Children of the Corn' franchise already exists."

Kiersch also manages to take a swipe at the endless sequels to his movie, explaining the reason they didn't work was that the original Stephen King story wasn't meant to be continued.

Strangely, Kiersch still declares his support for the remake, despite such backhanded praise as, "It is wonderful that someone wants to spice up something I did a quarter of a century ago." Brrrr.

The director admits that he had very little budget to work with, and looks forward to seeing what Borchers will be able to do with the new one. Obviously, Mr. Kiersch is not familiar with the Sci-Fi Channel.

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