The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus shares details of new role based on horror cult classic

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Norman Reedus will continue on as Daryl Dixon in a new Walking Dead spin-off, but the breakout star has already lined up a new role behind the camera. The AMC star has revealed some tantalising insight into his upcoming remake of slasher staple Sorority House Massacre. 

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Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus) has played a central role in The Walking Dead since the very first season.

Now the flagship series is coming to an end, Reedus is keeping busy by lining up some exciting new projects with his own company, Bigbaldhead Productions.

Despite appearing on screen in over 120 episodes of the post-apocalyptic TV thriller, the TWD will be taking charge behind the camera for his new series.

His latest undertaking is reportedly a television remake of 1985’s cult slasher, Sorority House Massacre.

Following on the coattails of similar horror classics such as John Carpenter’s influential Halloween, the original film received unfavourable reviews upon its initial release.

Since its release on home video and various streaming services, the picture has since attracted a reasonable following among slasher fans. 

The revived interest in the film also benefited from a renewed appreciation for independent trailblazer Roger Corman, who served as producer for Sorority House Massacre. 

In true slasher fashion, the 1980s gore-fest featured a group of scantily clad students being prayed upon by a vengeful serial killer who has an eerie connection with one of the victims.

Reedus has enlisted the help of Robert Schwartzman and his production company Utopia Originals for what could be a more measured update on the sleazy original.

The star recently released a statement, which read: “I could not be more excited to collaborate with Robert and his incredible team at Utopia on this project.”

Utopia has already committed to the distribution of filmmaker-centric new series, including both narrative and documentary projects.

Norman Reedus’s Sorority House remake will set the tone of Schwartzman’s new venture as the first series released under the Utopia label.

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Reedus continued: “Their taste and creative vision are inspiring, and exactly in line with the kind of content that bigbaldhead set out to develop. 

“We are thrilled to revisit this cult classic and create something truly unique.”

Schwartzman also added: “When we started Utopia, it was with the intention of not only supporting filmmakers on the distribution side but, also, to expand into working with creatives to build unique, original content from the onset.

“With Utopia Originals, we’re excited to hit the ground running with the Sorority House Massacre series and collaborate with the incredible teams behind it.”

Information is currently scarce, though Reedus himself is speculated to serve as director/showrunner for the new series.

No release date has been set, and it is unknown who will serve as the core cast of the new remake.

The series could prove a smash hit for horror-heads, though, especially in the wake of slasher mainstays Halloween and Child’s Play both receiving revivals in the last couple of years.

Meanwhile, Norman Reedus will continue his long-running tenure as Daryl Dixon in the remaining season of The Walking Dead, and a new spin-off alongside Melissa McBride’s Carol Peletier.

The Walking Dead season 10 will continue in 2021 on AMC and Fox. Sorority House Massacre is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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