You can’t keep a good legend down and what better legend than a vicious child murderer like the legend of Cropsey, which has been the foundation for films like Madman (one of my favorite summer camp slashers) and The Burning. The legend was also explored in the excellent documentary simply called Cropsey.
Variety got the word that DreamWorks and Frank Marshall are currently developing a horror-thriller Cropsey through his Kennedy/Marshall Company. The project is currently being pitched by Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg, who will also write the screenplay with Jake Steinfeld executive producing. Variety also says that “Cropsey” will center on a group of adolescents at a summer camp haunted by an urban legend that dates back to the Colonial period. DreamWorks is developing the story as an Amblin-esque project mixing horror and humor — a la “Gremlins” and “The Goonies.”
For those of you unfamiliar with Marshall’s work, he has been a producer on the “Jurassic Park,” “Indiana Jones,” “Bourne” and “Back to the Future” franchises, so the film sounds like it’s in good hands for the direction they want to go in.
To be honest, I’m surprised there haven’t been more Cropsey based films, since it’s such a great basis for a number of tales.