When Vincenzo Natali‘s Cube was released in 1997, it caught the attention of audiences and critics alike because of its original approach to horror, a genre that was cluttered with sequels (this was a little bit before the remake/reboot craze hit). Ironically but unsurprisingly, that original film was followed up by a sequel, Cube 2. Reviews weren’t too bad, but by the time the third film – a prequel titled Cube Zero – was released, the series’ well was starting to run dry. So, what do you do with a horror franchise that’s been out of sight for years and years?
You reboot it! In 3D!
STYD tells us that Lionsgate, the studio that brought us Saw, is planning to revive the series. I was being a tad facetious when I said it’d be a reboot; we don’t actually know what form the movie will take. It could be a remake/reboot or a sequel, but I imagine that it won’t follow-up a series that’s been out of the public spotlight for several years. Some say that Lionsgate’s big reason for bringing the series back is the similarity it shares with Saw. The movies were based on traps and strangers in closed-off spaces, so the similarities between the two of them could lead to interests based in money.
I haven’t seen any of the Cube films (although I have intended to for a while. I swear), and I don’t think many young people from today are fans of the series. Much as I hate to say it, Saw had a fanbase, and while it could carry over, making an entire movie based on the hope that such a thing will carry said movie seems like too big a risk. Still, it will be in 3D, so the box office will get a boost, and we at least know that cubes will be flying at us. At the very least, that should get you excited.
What do you think of Lionsgate bringing Cube back, and in 3D? Are you a fan of the series?
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