Netflix has announced that it will adapt Sarah Pinborough’s thriller novel 13 Minutes, a story that sounds like it’s taken inspiration from Pi and The Number 23, according to Variety. The novel received high praise from Stephen King.
In the book, which came out earlier this year, “…a young, popular high school student named Natasha is found in a freezing river, supposedly having drowned and been dead for 13 minutes before she is brought back to life. After that, her friends start acting distant and she begins finding patterns with the number 13 all around her.”
Produced by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Michael De Luca, and Trevor Engelson, 13 Minutes will be adapted by Savage and Schwartz.
With all the excitement surrounding Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, I think it’s easy to forget that he’s also got another high-profile movie in the works: the Netflix live-action adaptation of the wildly popular anime/manga Death Note, which was written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
Now, it’s been revealed by Mashable that Willem Dafoe (Spiderman, The Boondock Saints, Antichrist) has been confirmed as the voice of Ryuk the Shinigami, the demonic entity that drops the Death Note book in the human realm for his own personal amusement.
Wingard proclaims, “I am honored to be working with this great cast and I look forward to bringing Tsugumi and Takeshi’s unique story to a global audience.”
“‘Death Note’ follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.”
The movie stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner; Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton; Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Dope, Short Term 12) as “L”; Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari; and Shea Whigham (“Agent Carter”, “Boardwalk Empire”) as James Turner.
The film will be produced by Roy Lee (The Ring, The Departed), Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes), Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow), and Masi Oka (“Heroes Reborn”, “Hawaii-Five-0”).
Lee and Din add, “Our vision for Death Note has always been to bring this captivating story to the screen for its longtime manga fans and to introduce the world to this dark and mysterious masterpiece. The talent and diversity represented in our cast, writing, and producing teams reflect our belief in staying true to the story’s concept of moral relevance — a universal theme that knows no racial boundaries.”
At the turn of the century, there was no director who was more popular than M. Night Shyamalan. After directing the Rosie O’Donnell film Wide Awake in 1998, he unleashed The Sixth Sense upon the world in 1999. That film is regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, and that is mostly thanks to the twist ending. This isn’t to say that the film doesn’t stand up on its own apart from the twist. It absolutely does, but the consensus is that the twist is the most memorable thing about the movie. The success of that film would be both a blessing and a curse for Shyamalan, who set incredibly high expectations for all of his subsequent films.
After the enormous success of The Sixth Sense, Shymalan wrote and directed the Bruce Willis/Samuel L. Jackson superhero movie Unbreakable. While critical reaction was mostly positive, audience reception was lukewarm at best. The film has since gained a rather sizable cult following, but in 2000 it was considered a creative disappointment despite earning back over three times its budget.
Two years later, Shyamalan returned with Signs, starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix and a very young Abigail Breslin and Rory Culkin. Released 14 years ago today, Signs had a lot of buzz leading up to it’s premiere. It wouldn’t be until after Lady in the Water when Shyamalan truly started to become the butt of every joke in Hollywood. Signs received critical acclaim (it’s his second best-reviewed film), with many praising it for it’s buildup and level of suspense while criticizing its payoff.
The payoff, of course, is the half-assed attempt at a twist during the film’s climax. As many of you probably already know, the aliens who are attempting to take over the world have a severe allergy to water, an element that makes up 71% of the earth’s surface. It certainly makes them seem a lot less intelligent than you would think they would be. As misguided as that twist was, the rest of the film does hold up. It is also home to one of the greatest jump scares in cinema history. If there is one thing to be said for Signs, it’s that it shows the “less is more” approach can work wonders for a film. There are hardly any jump scares in the film, which is why the alien’s reveal is so effective.
The film also boasts strong performances from the entire cast. Mel Gibson is good, but the film belongs to Phoenix. Early career performances from Culkin and Breslin are also impressive. One thing that Shymalan has always excelled at is injecting a brooding atmosphere into his films. Even trash like The Happening does a pretty decent job at creating an atmosphere for its killer plant world.
Made on a budget of $72 million ($3 million less than that of Unbreakable), Signs was a huge success. It grossed $227.9 million domestically and $180.2 million internationally for a worldwide total of $408.2 million. While the opinion on the film has cooled in the 14 years since its release, it is still notable for being Shyamalan’s second highest grossing film after The Sixth Sense.
I remember seeing Signs with my uncle when on one of my annual summer trips to visit my grandparents (I was 13). I thought it was fine at the time but it’s one of those movies where I like it a little bit more each time I watch it. What are your thoughts on Signs? Do you think it’s Shyamalan’s last good film (I was a huge fan of The Visit, which proved to be equally as divisive)? Or are you not a fan? Share your thoughts and memories on the film in the comments below!
Are you a horror master? Do you know bits of genre trivia that astound even the most dedicated of gorehounds? If so, this week’s quiz is right up your alley!
Below is a 21-question quiz and it’s up to you to see if you can correctly answer the challenging questions. Some are easy, some are hard, and some will make you scratch your head. But I have faith in you all!
My result was “You Can Definitely Survive!“, which explains the following:
You Can Definitely Survive The Ultimate Horror Movie Trivia Quiz! According to your answers, you have more than enough knowledge to survive any in-depth discourse on this intriguing genre! From the silent era to meta-horror, your mind is a plethora of horror movie trivia. No matter the movie anyone might bring up, you have either seen it, or read enough about it and its context to give a verbal dissertation on its faults and merits! Happy horror-ing!
Head on down and let us know in the comments how you did!
On Monday Mr. Disgusting had the exclusive on the return of Vestron Video with the Blu-ray release of Chopping Mall! Today we have more exciting news as additional titles have been announced to be coming from Vestron Video via Lionsgate. Chopping Mall will get things started on September 27th and joining in on that same day to kick things off will be Blood Diner! Blood Diner is a whole lot of 80’s cheese as it attempts to make a loose sequel/remake of the Herschell Gordon Lewis splatter classic, Blood Feast. Much like the Chopping Mall Blu-ray, Blood Diner is going to come loaded with bonus content!
BLOOD DINER BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- AUDIO COMMENTARY with Director Jackie Kong
- “Queen Kong”
- “The Cook, The Uncle, and The Detective”
- “Open for Business”
- “Scoring for Sheetar!”
- “You Are What They Eat”
- Archival Interview with Project Consultant Eric Caidin
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
In order to raise an ancient Egyptian goddess, two cannibalistic brothers use their restaurant to add something special to the menu in Blood Diner.
Ok so if we just stopped at getting Chopping Mall and Blood Diner on Blu-ray that would be super rad and I’d be thrilled, but it’s the other titles Lionsgate has lined up for this Vestron Video Collector’s Series that has me leaping with joy. No word on release dates or special features yet, but here are the three other titles currently in the works:
Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time Double Feature
Return of the Living Dead 3
C.H.U.D. II: Bud the CHUD
It’s ok, I needed a moment too. Go ahead and take it all in.
Return of the Living Dead 3?!? On Blu?!? What?!? Another Brian Yuzna classic is coming to Blu-ray! What a time to be alive my friends. As of now only these 5 releases have been announced, but I’m hopefully this is just the beginning. Lionsgate has the rights to a lot of classic 80’s horror titles and if they truly hope this vault up we could have a lot of goodies headed our way.
The suggested retail price for these releases is set at $39.99, which may sound like a lot at first but that’s in line with a lot of the Arrow Video releases and the Scream Factory Collector’s Editions. If that’s the market Lionsgate is going for and the quality their aiming to achieve then that price is certainly justified. Gauging from the special features for their first two releases they seem to be on the right track. If you look I’m sure you’ll be able to find deals on these as the release dates get closer. Best Buy already has a pre-order link up for Chopping Mall and it’s currently $27.99.
As we get more details on future releases we’ll certainly pass them on. In the meantime rejoice horror fans, the home video market is starting to get a lot more crowded and we should be welcoming that fact with open arms!