If we had the scratch, I promise you we would fully fund Ghostbusters III just to put an end to all of the bullshit stories that have been haunting us for several years now.
This latest development comes from Schmoes Know, who report that Jonah Hill and Emma Stone have been offered the parts of Jeremy and Anna, respectively, in the flick which as of now still remains minus Bill Murray. Is is true? Who knows? We sincerely hope said schmoes do so that we can finally start getting something real out of this whole merry-go-round like debacle.
Ivan Reitman will direct the movie if it happens. Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen had been tapped to rewrite Ghostbusters III for the studio. You know all the rest.
More as it inevitably comes.
Some more casting news is being reported for Universal’s Jurassic World, but we're gonna play it smart and file this one under rumor for the time being. Hypable is reporting that Jason Schwartzman is in talks for a role in the flick.
If signed, Schwartzman (pictured) would join the only two actors who are confirmed thus far, Bryce Dallas Howard and Ty Simpkins.
Universal has dated Jurassic World for June 12, 2015. Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has been tapped to helm the next chapter in the dino-rific series. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver penned the script.
We'll have more as it comes.
Content Film has announced that cult director Rodney Ascher (Room 237) will direct The Nightmare, a disturbing investigation into the demonic visions experienced by victims of sleep paralysis and provoked by Ascher's own unsettling experiences with the condition.
From the Press Release:
THE NIGHTMARE is produced by Preferred Film & TV's Ross M. Dinerstein (THE PACT, DARK SUMMER) and Kevin Iwashina (JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI), alongside the producer of the Academy Award-winning film UNDEFEATED, Glen Zipper. The horror documentary is executive produced by Content's Jamie Carmichael (THE PACT, BLACK BOOK), who will also introduce the film to international buyers at the American Film Market this week. Iwashina and Carmichael will handle North American sales.
Ascher’s hit Kubrick analysis feature ROOM 237 premiered at Sundance, screened in Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight, and won the Best Director (Documentary) prize at the Austin Fantastic Fest and IDA’s Creative Editing award in 2012. It is repeatedly listed as one of the must-see documentaries of 2013.
Ross Dinerstein said, “We've assembled a great team with Rodney, Kevin, and Glen and are going to collectively break new ground with this film."
"ROOM 237 was a mind-bendingly brilliant movie. Rodney has a piercing intellect and a unique cinematic vision for horror," said Content’s Carmichael. "We can’t wait to follow him down this new supernatural worm hole..."
Look for more soon!
What better way to find out what movies festival-goers liked best than to simply ask them? Well, the Toronto After Dark film festival did just that! They polled over 4,200 attendees and came up with a list of winners in several categories.
The biggest prize, Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film, Gold, went to The Battery (review here), which also took home a slew of other awards.
Get the highlights below, and then visit the official Toronto After Dark Film Festival website for a full list of winners.
From the Press Release
Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to announce the award winners of its eighth annual edition. As is tradition at Toronto After Dark, the jury were the fans themselves with over 4,200 votes cast this year by festival-goers to determine the best new horror, sci-fi, action, and cult movies from the around the world.
Post-apocalyptic indie zombie road trip movie The Battery may have had a small budget, but it won audiences over big time at Toronto After Dark 2013, taking the Audience Choice Award, Gold, the festival’s top prize. Also favorites among fans were the suspenseful island-set thriller Solo (review here) and terrifying CIA mind control horror Banshee Chapter (review here), which also took Audience Choice Awards.
In the "Specialty" categories The Battery also scored wins for Best Screenplay, Best Music, and Best Poster. But the biggest specialty winner was Indian housefly revenge movie Eega, which was left buzzing after winning a festival record nine awards from fans including Best Action, Best Comedy, and Most Original Film. Jim Mickle’s Sundance and Cannes-selected cannibal family horror drama We Are What We Are (review here) also received four high-profile specialty awards from fans including Best Director and Best Horror Film, while Best Sci-Fi Film went to the stylish android thriller The Machine (review here).
With a wide range of genre programming and audience tastes, Toronto After Dark fans also bestowed awards to a number of other films in different specialty categories screening at the festival including Feature Films, Short Films, and the specially created Eighth Anniversary Festival Bumpers.
For more info visit the official Toronto After Dark Film Festival website, "like" Toronto After Dark Film Festival on Facebook, and follow Toronto After Dark Film Festival on Twitter (@TAD FilmFest).
Once known as House of Horrors, we have for you right now the first couple of stills from the new film presented by James Wan, Demonic. Check 'em out and bring your holy water. Hey, ya never know!
Written by Max La Bella based on a story by Bella and Wan and directed by Will Canon, Demonic was produced by Lee Clay and Wan. The film's stars include Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Aaron Yoo, Megan Park, and Dustin Milligan. No release date has been set.
Check out the plot crunch below, and expect more soon!
From producer James Wan (Saw, Insidious) and starring Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Frank Grillo (End of Watch, The Grey), and Dustin Milligan (Slither, TV's "90210"), comes a startling new film that combines found footage with classic genre filmmaking to take you behind the scenes into a modern day murder investigation with evil ties to a crime that is decades old.
Local legend holds that an old abandoned house in the bowels of Louisiana is haunted--and for good reason. Decades ago a girl invited her friends over for an innocent séance. But something horrific happened in that house that nobody can explain. Nobody knows what happened that left four friends murdered and one dead by her own doing.
Now, years have passed; the house has been abandoned, boarded up, and left to rot. But a group of amateur ghost hunters set out one night to document the house for supernatural remnants lingering from years past. They round up their gear and set out together for an evening of paranormal documentation.
Hours later, police receive a possible homicide call and arrive at the house to a grisly scene: the ghost hunters murdered in cold blood. The only survivor is visibly and emotionally shaken, unable to convey what he's witnessed. The police interview him for his testimony, but he cannot remember a thing. It is only when the unit's psychologist shows up and pries with the right questions that it all starts coming back… with terrifying results!
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has proven himself to be quite the commodity around Hollywood by pretty much making several movies better by virtue of the fact that he's in it. Now he's gone from saving franchises to saving the world!
According to THR, Johnson is attached to star in the MGM supernatural flick Seal Team 666. Evan Spiliotopoulos is penning the script with Johnson’s former assistant, Hiram Garcia, producing. Johnson will exec produce along with his manager, Dany Garcia, as well as Brendan Deneen and Peter Joseph of Macmillan Films.
The story follows a group of Navy Seals who battle demons and assorted threats and discover that there’s a greater supernatural force bent on destroying the world.
No director is attached, and it is unknown when Johnson would fit this into his ever-growing schedule.
Stay tuned, kids!
Our friends up north in Canada are gonna become really close with Odd Thomas as Raven Banner Entertainment has swooped in and nabbed the Canadian rights! Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Hot Off The AFM Presses: Raven Banner Entertainment, Inc., has acquired all Canadian rights to the $30 million action thriller Odd Thomas, based on the original, critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling series by Dean Koontz under the same name.
The film was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy franchise, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Van Helsing) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), Willem Dafoe (John Carter), Addison Timlin ("Californication"), and Patton Oswalt (Big Fan). The film was produced by Sommers, John Baldecchi and Howard Kaplan.
Raven Banner is set to release Odd Thomas in early 2014 through its Sinister Cinema series with partners Cineplex Entertainment.
“We’re excited to be releasing Odd Thomas in Canada,” states Michael Paszt, Raven Banner Managing Partner. “The collaboration between director Stephen Sommers and author Dean Koontz has turned a successful novel series into a thrill-ride of a feature film.”
The deal was negotiated by Raven Banner's managing partners Michael Paszt and James Fler, and Paul Hudson on behalf of the filmmakers.
Odd Thomas tells the story of a short-order cook (Yelchin) with clairvoyant abilities. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure. But he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice and he finds himself helping police solve a crime. Occasionally, they prevent one. One day, however, a mysterious man comes to town with a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers and a pack of hyena-like shades follows him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. What happens next is a mysterious battle between light and darkness.
Odd Thomas is the first in a series of seven books, six of which have already been released: Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Interlude, Odd Apocalypse, and Deeply Odd.
After her incredible performance in Excision, I'm completely on board for any and all horror flicks that include AnnaLynne McCord in their cast. Up next for the actress is Scorned, which hits home video next year. Read on for the scoop!
From the Press Release
The Bard once wrote: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Shakespeare, hang on to your plume because you’re about to meet Sadie…
On February 4, 2014, Anchor Bay Films releases Scorned, a story guaranteed to make any man eternally faithful! Directed by Mark Jones, director and writer of the cult favorite Leprechaun series, Scorned will be available for an SRP of $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $24.98 for the DVD. It will also be available On Demand across select cable providers and for digital download across iTunes, Xbox, and VUDU.
Sadie (AnnaLynne McCord; 2nd Place, Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress: Excision) and Kevin (Billy Zane; Titanic, Border Run, Bloodrayne) have decided to spend a romantic weekend together at his lake house. But when an unexpected – and unfortunate – text from her best friend, Jennifer (Viva Bianca; “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), to Kevin reveals a lurid love affair between the two, Sadie spirals into a hunger for revenge that is without mercy.
Created along the lines of Misery and Fatal Attraction, Scorned is both a multi-dimensional study of a twisted, tormented character and a seductive thriller. It is the story of a woman overcome with a fury that is unheard of in heaven and unmatched in hell!
From Portsmouth Pictures and Horsehead Pictures, Scorned is directed by Mark Jones and written by Jones and Sadie Katz. Seth Willenson is executive producer and Charles Ison, Lance Thompon and Martin Sprock are executive producers/producers.
Next up from AFM is the teaser art for S.J. Evans’ horror film Dead of the Nite, which also happens to be home to your first look at genre favorite Tony Todd! Check it out!
Dead of the Nite is an intelligent twist on the paranormal genre including horror icons Tony Todd (Candyman, Hatchet, The Rock), Simon Bamford (Hellraiser, Nightbreed), and Suzie Lorraine (Roxanna, Torment, Destined to be Ingested).
The official release date in the United States is yet to be announced.
When a group of Internet sensation ghost hunters investigate the infamous Jericho Manor, they soon realize it's not just ghosts that go bump in the night! As each member of the team gets slaughtered, the remaining survivors need to discover who… or what… is killing them before it is too late.
Once titled Bunnyman 2, the sequel to The Bunnyman is now being called The Bunnyman Massacre at AFM, and we have a quick peek at the artwork for ya! Check it out!
In this sequel to the successful 2011 film Bunnyman, the adventures of Joe and Bunnyman know no limit of bloodlust and carnage. Bodies pile up as Bunnyman indiscriminately slaughters anything that crosses his path in a mutually beneficial relationship that gives Joe plenty of beef jerky to sell in his local store.
Look for more on the Carl Lindbergh-directed film soon!
It was fun to see Elijah's evil side emerge in last night's episode of "The Originals"; are we in for more of the same next week? These images from Ep. 1.07, "Bloodletting," don't provide many clues, but they feature a very annoyed looking Klaus, which is never a good thing!
"The Originals" Episode 1.07 - "Bloodletting" (airs 11/12/13, 8-9pm)
A BLAST FROM THE PAST — When someone from Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkin) past makes a startling revelation, she grows concerned for herself and the baby. Amidst growing tensions between them, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) turn to Sabine (guest star Shannon Kane) for help in locating Hayley, who has gone missing.
After making a trip down to the bayou, Klaus has a surprising and dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor. Meanwhile, Davina (Danielle Campbell) makes a surprising connection, and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) makes Rebekah (Claire Holt) an enticing offer that leaves her torn.
Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Michael Russo and Michael Narducci.
Right now we have some early sales art for the sequel to Sin City which is home to a slight title change; the film was originally called Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but as you'll see, it's been retitled to Sin City: A Dame to Die For. We almost didn't notice!
Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Die For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series. Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City.
With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Die For ensures an experience like no other!
The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22nd, 2014.
The film that started out being called Kristy and then changed to Satanic and then to Random has been renamed back to Kristy, at least for AFM. BTW... My head with pain. In any event, here are some new pics!
From director Oliver "Olly" Blackburn (Donkey Punch) and producers David Kirschner (the Child's Play series), Corey Sienega (Frailty, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky), and Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell (Blue Valentine, Place Beyond the Pines), comes a new thriller starring Haley Bennett (Music and Lyrics), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga, The Apparition), Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5), Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), and Chris Coy (TV's "True Blood"). Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing on 7th Street) penned the script.
With the rest of the campus at home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Justine (Bennett) and a few of her friends spend the weekend in their college dormitory: studying, relaxing, and blissfully unaware of the terror that is about to unfold outside in the cold. Suddenly, confronted by a gang of violent outcasts, Justine's quiet weekend becomes one long lesson in survival as she and her classmates are terrorized in increasingly bizarre and brutal ways, leaving it up to her to figure out who the attackers are… and if they can be stopped.
Horror movies have been getting turned into TV shows left and right in the last couple of years, and we learned earlier this year that From Dusk Till Dawn is next up on the chopping block. But who will be filling the roles that George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino made famous back in 1996?
Read on for the titty-twistin' details straight from the press release:
El Rey Network, in association with FactoryMade Ventures, today announced the production start of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," the first scripted original series to air on Robert Rodriguez's new genre-busting cable network set to debut this December. Based on his cult classic film of the same name, the supernatural crime saga, hour-long series (which will premiere on El Rey Network in Q1 2014) began filming in Austin this week with Rodriguez set to direct the first two installments.
The 10-episode serialized drama, created, directed, and executive produced by Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete, Desperado) and based on the 1996 cult classic he created with Quentin Tarantino, will feature a principal cast including D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Seth Gecko, the role that famously launched the film career of George Clooney. Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) stars as Richie Gecko, and Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, "Sons of Anarchy") plays Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series. Don Johnson (Django Unchained, "Nash Bridges") joins in a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw. Other cast will be announced in the coming weeks.
Miramax, producing studio and distributor of the original film, is distributing the series internationally in all territories with the exception of Canada, China, India, and the UK.
Rodriguez said: "If the movie's the short story, the series is the novel." He added: "We have assembled an amazing cast and crew, and viewers can expect to be part of a wild ride when the series premieres on El Rey Network next spring."
Rodriguez is joined in the executive producer ranks by Carlos Coto (who is also showrunner) and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. Diego Gutierrez is writer and co-executive producer. The gritty look and feel of the series will be brought to life by production designers Steve Joyner and Caylah Eddleblute, set designer Jeff Adams, director of photography Eduardo Mayén, and costume designer Nina Proctor. The special effects team will be spearheaded by Bob Trevino.
Based on the thrill-ride film, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is a supernatural crime saga centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist left several people dead. While on an escape route to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former minister Jacob Fuller and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to make a run for the Mexican Border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is unknowingly populated by vampires and forces them to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone of the film, adds new characters and backstories, and expands the Mesoamerican mythology behind the vampires.
"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is an El Rey Network production in association with FactoryMade Ventures.
Calm down, ladies. We're not talking about that. Screen Daily is reporting that "Friday Night Lights" star Taylor Kitsch is attached to the upcoming thriller Exit 147, one of three new films being introduced by Umedia at the AFM.
In the flick Kitsch stars as “a sadistic cop who plays mind games with a young traveler whom he stops driving through the desert one night.”
Set to go into production in the second quarter of 2014, it is directed by Julian Jarrold. Exit 147 was written by Travis Milloy (Pandorum) and is a Umedia presentation of a Mandalay Vision production.
Look for more on this one soon!
The last time Julia Stiles appeared in a horror film (the remake of The Omen), things didn't exactly turn out so well. But she's looking for redemption in an upcoming supernatural thriller called Out of the Dark, which is inching ever closer into the light.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Exclusive Media has scooped up international sales rights for the film, which also stars Scott Speedman (The Strangers) and Stephen Rea (The Crying Game). The movie marks the feature debut of Spanish filmmaker Lluis Quilez.
Stiles plays Sarah Harriman, a woman who moves her family to Colombia to take over a family manufacturing plant. As you might have guessed, they soon discover that the house is haunted, and supernatural forces threaten her young daughter's life.
More as we learn it!
More movie news is coming out of AFM as the Weinsteins are reuniting with The Others director Alejandro Amenabar on a new horror project called Regression starring Ethan Hawke. Read on for details.
According to Deadline with a mid-seven figure minimum guarantee and a wide release-caliber P&A commitment, The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Regression, an elevated suspense thriller that will star Ethan Hawke and will be directed by Alejandro Amenabar. This establishes the flm as a major title coming into the start of AFM where FilmNation will be selling offshore territories. CAA brokered the deal.
Amenabar returns to the English language terrain on Regression, which is set in 1980 in a small Minnesota town where a man is arrested for sexually abusing his daughter. He admits his guilt despite having no memory of it. With the help of a psychologist, he relives the memories and implicates a police officer as his partner in crime. The man’s estranged son and other townspeople are also suddenly able to relive suppressed memories of horrific abuse. At the same time, the local news reports blame a Satanic cult that has been performing rituals of orgies, assault, killing animals, and even babies for years. The officers are alarmed when similar reports come in from all around the country—they believe they’ve uncovered a national and possibly supernatural conspiracy. Is the abuse real or something else?
For me, the most memorable character from this year's Evil Dead remake was Eric, played by Lou Taylor Pucci. When can the young actor next be seen starring in a horror flick? Read on to find out!
As reported by Variety, both Pucci (pictured) and Nadia Hilker will star in an upcoming sci-fi/horror film called Spring, which is set to begin shooting later this month in Italy. XYZ Films has picked up all worldwide sales rights and will sell the film at the American Film Market, which kicked off today.
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead direct a script written by Benson.
Spring follows a young man in a personal tailspin as he flees Southern California to the Italian coast, where he sparks up a romance with a woman carrying a dark secret.
Henry Rollins has been acting for a while now, and it's good to see him come back to the horror genre. Read on for the first details regarding his new project He Never Died.
Variety reports Rollins is starring in indie horror-thiller He Never Died as Jack, who has prolonged life by buying stolen blood, until his criminal past come back to haunt him.
108 Media is selling international markets at the American Film Market. Shooting starts November 13 in Toronto.
Grand Theft Auto 5 star Steven Ogg has come on board to co-star with Rollins. Jason Krawczyk, who also is directing, wrote the script with Rollins in mind for the lead. “He is the central cerebral reference for the role of Jack and the embodiment of the character,” Krawczyk said.
Rollins read the role a year ago and met Krawczyk and producer Zach Hagen of Alternate Ending Studio and “basically begged” for the opportunity to be involved, he said. “It’s one of the best scripts I’ve ever read,” he added. “As a character, Jack is perhaps far less than normal, which suits me very well. He’s not all that bad a guy, which is different. I don’t get many of those. He is in a very rare and strange situation, and I really want to be part of the action.”
Independent producer Adam J. Shully and 108 Media boarded the project as a financing partner and sales company during Toronto. Abhi Rastogi, CEO of 108 Media, said, “For us it’s an excellent intellectual property in the vein of Sin City with considerable transmedia potential. Our next step will be to develop a TV pilot.”
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Global Google+ Hangout took place this morning, and we have the event in its entirety right here along with the first clip! Join in with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth and director Francis Lawrence as they chat with fans around the world.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The film's release date is November 22, 2013, and advance tickets are on sale now!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.