It’s been a couple of months since we last heard anything solid on the remake of David Cronenberg’s classic 1977 horror film Rabid, and today finally brings a new update on its progress. Canadian filmmaking twins Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary, See No Evil 2, Hellevator) are the creative minds behind the project. Recently, our friends over at Rue-Morgue caught up with the Twisted Twins.
Jen reveals, “We’ve been pregnant with RABID for over a year and a half. When you fund something through a government instead of a studio, there are many different steps and it takes a lot of time for people to sign contracts. I’m very excited for RABID, because not only is it kind of an extension of AMERICAN MARY, it’s really a study of all of David Cronenberg’s work. I just want to impress him. If other people like it, I’ll be happy, but all I want is for him to love it.”
“It’s important to be super-respectful with it,” Sylvia adds, “because there’s such a negative connotation to remakes. What David did with THE FLY was so beautiful, and also, he met his late wife on RABID, and we’re friends with [their filmmaker son] Brandon. I feel like a mama bear protecting RABID; I try to be calm and super-zen, but sometimes I hear something and think, ‘David wouldn’t do that!’ ”
“All we say is, ‘That’s not Cronenberg!’ ” Jen seconds.
“I found out that he wanted originally to put the tentacle between Rose’s legs,” Sylvia continues, “and that was my first suggestion. We got shot down on that, but I was like, ‘I’m thinking like David; that’s good, right?’ ”
Sylvia reveals that some American Mary collaborators will be on board to create some bizarre sights.
“MastersFX is on board, and we’ve been designing some really amazing stuff. We didn’t get to do the vagina, but we found another place to put it, and I think we’re gonna scare the shit out of people.”
“We want to do some body horror that’s like, ‘What the fuck is this?’—that you’ve never seen,” Jen says. “That has been a challenge for us, because I’ve seen a lot of weird Japanese movies that go way past what most normal people watch. But we’ve got a lot of surprises in RABID, and I think people are going to be impressed.”
Production is set to begin soon, and casting is underway, though the twins are cagey about who will be part of the ensemble, notes Rue-Morgue.
“There is an assortment of Canadian talent in there,” Jen teases, “and some American talent as well. If you think about the most successful Canadian actresses in their late 20s to early 30s, it’s not a long list, but you’ll find our girls there.”
“Also,” Sylvia says, “if you stalk me on-line, and you see me liking or talking to certain celebrities, there’s a very good chance I’m casting them right now [laughs]!”
The Soska Sisters were also asked if American Mary’s Katharine Isabelle would be considered for an appearance in Rabid.
“If she wasn’t in consideration, I think the fans would kill us!” Jen says. “But that’s up to Katie. She tells me she doesn’t do horror anymore, so the fans have to get on her. I’m outing her! She says she doesn’t want to do it now, she’s done—but she’s so good at it.”