'Saw' helmer to revisit Troma hit

Darren Lynn Bousman to direct 'Mother's Day' remake

Just in time for Mother's Day, Twisted Pictures, the Genre Co. and Rat Entertainment have lined up a financing deal with LightTower Entertainment to remake Charles Kaufman's 1980 Troma cult classic "Mother's Day."

Darren Lynn Bousman, who has helmed three films in the "Saw" franchise, is attached to direct from a script by Scott Milam.

The original "Mother's Day" revolved around three female friends who, while camping, run afoul of two brothers who engage in murder and rape to impress their deranged mother. The remake sees the villainous family return to the house where they grew up and terrorize the new owners and their guests.

"We're taking the iconic image of a mother, the most comforting and nurturing person in the world, and perverting that into something that is punishing and sadistic," Genre's Richard Saperstein said.

He added that the remake will be timely, reflecting today's foreclosures and tough economic times. "She's lost her house," Saperstein said. "Her boys are going to get it back to her."

Saperstein is producing with Genre's Brian Witten. "Saw" producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, along with Carl Mazzocone, also are producing, as are Brett Ratner and Jay Stern through Rat Entertainment.

LightTower partners Jonathan Zucker and Curtis Leopardo are executive producers on the project. Kaufman and Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman also will exec produce, as will Genre's Stephen Kessler. Shara Kay will co-produce. Jessie Rusu is an associate producer.

The producers are eyeing a July start and a spring release timed for Mother's Day 2010.

Saperstein acknowledged that many horror movies are seeing their tone informed by last year's surprise hit "The Strangers." He said the tone of the "Mother's Day" remake "will be post-'Strangers' in that is has very realistic qualities but has a high-concept overlay, this punishing maternal figure."