Now here's one we should have seen coming: Sony's Screen Gems division has decided to dust off the chintzy old indie known as Silent Night, Deadly Night and give the thing the ol' remake treatment. Aged horror fans will no doubt remember the swirl of controversy that met the arrival of the original SNDN advertisements back in 1984. (The moral of the story was this: Mommies don't like TV commercials in which someone dressed as Santa Claus hacks people up with garden tools.)

The guys behind the remake will be producer David Foster and writer/director Joe Harris, whose The Tripper is causing all sorts of bubbling geekdom at the various horror sites. The filmmaker recently shared the news with Moviehole.net, and here's what he had to say about this particular remake: It "will not be a remake of the original picture, but a total reimagining using the basic concept as a platform for a new franchise ... The intent is to create a dark and scary film that falls more in line (in terms of tone) with modern releases such as Saw and The Descent." The guys also take a quick swipe at the new Black Christmas remake, and that made me chuckle a little bit.

Oh, and I wonder if Sony will take the same marketing approach as the original flick. Nothing like free controversy to help sell your horror flick...

[Thanks to BD.com for the tip.]