The 1987 cult classic horror comedy Street Trash is getting a remake from Ryan Kruger, the director of Fried Barry!

Variety has broken the news that the 1987 cult classic horror comedy Street Trash (buy it HERE) is getting a remake from Ryan Kruger, the director of the 2020 body horror film Fried Barry! Production is already underway on the remake, which moves the story from Brooklyn to South Africa, and Cineverse has acquired the North American distribution rights. They’re planning to release the film through the Screambox streaming service sometime in 2024.

The original Street Trash was directed by J. Michael Muro from a screenplay by Roy Frumkes. Thirteen years ago, Frumkes said he was working on the script for Street Trash 2… but that sequel never made it into production. Thankfully, Muro and Frumkes are both involved with the remake. They’re executive producing it alongside Bad Dragon and Vinegar Syndrome.

The Street Trash remake follows a group of homeless misfits as they fight for survival when they discover a plot to exterminate every homeless person in the city. Variety assures that this new take on the concept “stays true to the original plot — which chronicles the disgusting decay of New York wanderers after ingesting bottles of toxic alcohol — but expounds the gore to create a metaphor for something much larger.”

Kruger provided the following statement: “Our reimagining of Street Trash takes place in Cape Town, South Africa where the growing divide between rich and poor has changed the world as we know it. I was a huge fan of the original Street Trash when I was a kid, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce a whole new generation to the melted gonzo goodness that made the original such a classic. While our reimagining features new, exciting plot elements that give the film many bizarre twists and turns, the core of the film lies with our diverse and unique cast of characters. As a director, I am very character centric and I can’t wait to see our strange and hilarious ensemble on screen together as they navigate the hostile streets of Cape Town. Our version of Street Trash will be raw, hilarious, packed with vibrant characters and multi-colored explosions of gooey greatness.

Fans of the Shudder series The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs might point out the fact that Fried Barry and the original Street Trash have both been screened on that show – and it’s no coincidence, as the Street Trash remake is being produced by The Last Drive-In producers Justin Martell and Matt Manjourides of Not the Funeral Home. Cineverse’s Chris McGurk, Brandon Hill, Brad Miska, and Yolanda Macias serve as executive producers. Production in South Africa is being handled by Protagonist Studios and Stage Five Films.

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