We previously reported that a remake of 1976's The Town That Dreaded Sundown was moving forward and the first casting news has now been released. Addison Timlin (Californication, pictured below) is set to star in the movie, according to Deadline, who also provided new story details:

"[Timlin plays] Jami, a girl who survives a copycat massacre at the film’s annual tribute screening and sets out to solve the mystery of who’s recreating the unsolved Sackhead murders, using clues from her own past."

Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum have teamed up to produce the film, with American Horror Story: Asylum's Alfonso Gomez-Rejon making his feature debut as the director of this project. The script was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie remake) and filming is expected to begin this spring.

The original movie was directed by Charles B. Pierce and distributed by American International Pictures. Shout! Factory recently announced that the original movie will be part of their upcoming Scream Factory line-up and we'll see it released to Blu-ray later this year:

"In 1946, the joy and relief over the ending of World War II, and the happiness over the prosperity that followed, was destroyed for the residents of Texarkana by a series of traumatic experiences that many still remember. In the Spring of that year, five townspeople were brutally murdered and three brought to near death by a masked madman who eluded capture by the Texas Rangers and a host of other law enforcement agencies. This true-to-life thriller is a dramatization of those five still unsolved murders which sent local residents into a panic and caused their town to become an armed camp after sundown."

Source: Deadline