Stephen King’s 1981 novel Cujo became a feature film in 1983, centered on a rabid canine who contracted rabies from an infected bat. Directed by Lewis Teague, many consider Cujo to be one of the best King adaptations of them all, and it’s undoubtedly the ultimate killer dog horror movie.
I suppose it should come as no surprise that a remake of Cujo is on the way, the information coming at us today courtesy of Film School Rejects. According to the site, Lang Elliot is set to direct a brand new version of Cujo, and from the sound of things, it’s going to be quite a different movie.
Being referred to as a reboot, the project currently has the title C.U.J.O., which is apparently an acronym for ‘Canine Unit Joint Operation.’ The implication of the title is that perhaps the killer dog’s origin story has been changed, making this an altered take on King’s novel.
It’s worth noting that this remake was originally announced via press release back in 2013, but at the time the title was simply Cujo. It seems that after two years the film is finally moving forward, and a new press release indicates that DJ Perry has signed on to star.
The script for C.U.J.O. is reportedly finished, and production is set to begin soon. The image below was attached to this latest press release, indicating that perhaps the massive dog pictured in it has been cast as the brand new Cujo.
We’ll have more on this one as we learn it.