Producer Jeff Katz Looking to Reopen ‘Sleepaway Camp’
Deadline reports that former Fox and New Line executive Jeff Katz, who helped make Freddy Vs. Jason happen, has been rounding up remake rights from the original film’s writer and director Robert Hiltzik, producer Michele Tatosian and Felissa Rose, who starred in the original 1983 as Angela.
The initial Sleepaway Camp followed the incredibly shy Angela on her first trip to summer camp with her cousin Ricky. Unfortunately for everyone involved, this camp is being stalked by a killer. A fairly standard slasher film, Sleepaway Camp does include some incredibly weird family elements and an ending that will stick with you.
It was followed by even more by-the-numbers sequels in 1988 and 1989. There was an attempt to revive the franchise in 1992 with a fourth film subtitled The Survivor, but funding ran out during shooting and it remained unmade until 2012 when it was edited together into a 70 minute feature. Hiltzik returned with Return to Sleepaway Camp which was released in 2008 and planned on doing another entry, but that doesn’t seem to be happening anymore.
Katz is looking to update the series, most likely keeping the mixture of splatter and complicated sexual relationships.