Michael Bays quest to remake every horror film of the last 30 years continues this week with the news that his production company, Platinum Dunes, has bought the remake rights to the 1986 cult classic The Hitcher. Clearly The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is merely the start of a trend expect more and more films about people standing by the side of the road / planet with their thumbs stuck out. This latest remake follows on from its back-to-back successes with new versions of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror. Both those films made back their budget in the opening weekends, which has clearly encouraged Bay and his producing partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller to keep feeding audiences seemingly insatiable demand for horror remakes. Which brings us back to The Hitcher, one of Rutger Hauers finest moments (behind Blade Runner but ahead of the Guinness ads) and the most effective public safety, anti-hitchhiking advert ever. The story followed a young man called Tim (played by C. Thomas Howell in the original film), transporting a car to another state. He picks up a murderous hitchhiker (Hauer), who frames Tim for the murders he commits along the highway. Which just shows you, kids: never pick up a hitcher without first asking for references and performing a criminal records check. You might also want to consider using a portable lie detector before allowing creepy strangers into your car. The producers are looking for a writer now, but are planning some changes to the original films format. Bay has suggested that they may add some twists and turns to the originals fairly linear plot (well, driving in a straight line can become dull) and may even make the hero a heroine. Itd be more interesting if they made the villain a villainine for our money, but that might be a truck stop too far. Expect this some time next year the makers are producing the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel first.