In addition to daily writings here on Dread, I also write for a fairly new website called iHorror, which I'm excited to report is making the move into feature film territory. Their first co-production is titled 10 Seconds to Run, and it'll only get made with YOUR help!
A joint production between Iyrus Entertainment and iHorror, 10 Seconds to Run is the story of a group of five friends driving to an electronic music festival. What was supposed to be a fun road trip ends up being a deadly mistake when they find themselves on a country road without cell and GPS service.
The friends become victims of a game that a few of the local backwoods residents like to play called "10 Seconds to Run." Players have 10 seconds to try to escape, and every new game has an added challenge to slow the victim down. The game is part of a bigger scheme perpetrated by the most corrupt and evil resident of the town, The Duke. With their lives on the line the group members fight to survive this twisted game.
Jake Jalbert, who made his feature debut with last year's House Guest, is the director of the film, which is packed with recognizable faces including Michael Milhoan (Field of Dreams, Pearl Harbor), Tony Senzamici ("Burn Notice"), and Rob Mello (Bad Ass).
Also noteworthy is the special effects crew, which includes Derek Garcia from Syfy's "Face Off" and his brother, Eric. The effects in the film will be entirely practical, which should be music to the ears of all horror fans.
Perks for donating to the cause range from thank you shout-outs on Facebook to an executive producer IMDb credit with appearances in the film, on-set passes, and copies of the finished movie also available.
Filmed in a creepy old house, an apparent ghost was spotted in the 10 Seconds to Run Kickstarter pitch video, which you can check out below. Underneath that you'll find the complete pitch video, and you can learn more and help out original independent horror over on the 10 Seconds to Run Kickstarter campaign!
Behold, kids! A movie about a group of kids who get slaughtered while making a found footage movie! A new horror trope is born! Read on for your first details, artwork, and trailer for the upcoming indie flick Raw Cut. Let's hope that found footage filmmakers take the hint!
Raw Cut from director Zoe Quist (Mining for Ruby, Fetch) opens theatrically in Los Angeles on August 1st and will be available around the country on VOD August 5th.
Daniel Ponickly (Mining for Ruby, Mona Lisa Smile), Christopher Kelly (Ink, August Falls), and C. Ashleigh Caldwell (Ashes, Not In My Backyard) star.
When Adam Cohen invites his best college friends, Jack and Amanda, to his new Wyoming home for a week’s getaway to meet his new fiancee, Stephanie, the two couples get much more than the peace and solitude they were hoping for. Stephanie asks for help with her thesis film, a "found footage" piece. The friends are going to play-act a traditional horror story: Two ingenues are stalked and murdered by two crazed hillbillies. But who is stalking whom? How far are we willing to go for our art? How much will people take before they burst? Raw Cut explores the meta world between found footage and reality. What starts as a traditional horror film turns into something far darker, more suspenseful. How well do any of the friends really know each other? And who will survive the cut?
It seems like all of the most awesome things on this planet are celebrating big anniversaries this year, from A Nightmare on Elm Street to Gremlins, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to Ghostbusters.
You can add Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction to that list, which turns the ripe old age of 45 this year. And the birthday is being celebrated in style so read on for full details!
THR reports that Disney Television Animation is developing a Disney Channel and Disney XD animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction.
The Haunted Mansion special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children's book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes), who also will exec produce and art direct.
Scott Peterson ("Phineas and Ferb") will serve as writer, EP, and story editor. Joshua Pruett ("Phineas and Ferb") is on board as a consulting producer and writer.
More as we learn it!
Fourteen years after debuting on the scene, the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming-created comic series Powers is making the jump to the small screen, being adapted exclusively for the Sony Playstation Network. So read on if you're a fan of the comics!
Deadline reports that David Slade will direct the first two episodes of the live-action series from scripts by Charlie Huston. Susan Heyward (pictured; "The Following") has been tapped as the female lead with Max Fowler ("The Killing") and Adam Godley ("Breaking Bad") also cast.
Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir, and police procedural, "Powers," produced by Sony Pictures TV, is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder.
It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim (Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as "Powers," who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. Pilgrim is described as equal parts beauty and sarcasm, a wunderkind detective with edgy style.
Fowler will play Krispin Stockley, the son of Walker’s murdered partner, a disaffected teen still struggling with the death of his father at the hand of a rogue Power, which starts him on a dark journey that will warp him both physically and emotionally. Godley will play Captain Cross, the solid steel in a frail frame captain of the Powers division, bookish, respectful, and loyal; but he may harbor a secret agenda that could lead his beloved department into a full-fledged conspiracy.
Bendis, Oeming, and Michael Dinner executive produce "Powers" with Huston and Remi Aubuchon ("Falling Skies") along with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel, David Alpert, and Lawrence Mattis. Huston and Aubuchon will serve as showrunners. SPT will sell internationally.
Things are really cooking in the Fatal Frame universe. First up a Japanese film adaptation has been announced to coincide with the release of the recently announced Nintendo Wii U video game, Fatal Frame: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden, and now rumblings of a U.S. adaptation have begun!
During the Fatal Frame video game presentation early this morning, Koei Tecmo and Nintendo announced jointly that the franchise is going to expand with a new manga on the way, the Japanese film on September 26, and apparently a Hollywood version to be adapted by the producers of the Resident Evil films.
The news comes from GoNintendo, who point to a translated news report of the festivities.
The only troubling bit? They're the only site reporting this so let's file it under rumor for now until we have something more concrete to report. One thing's certain, however; should an American movie be made, even a crappy one, at least we'll be sure to see Fatal Frame: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden come to North American Wii U consoles.
This morning in Japan, Koei Tecmo and Nintendo revealed your first look at the next entry into the Fatal Frame video game franchise, Fatal Frame: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden, and we have the trailer along with several screenshots and details for you.
Silicone Era translated the following information from the Japanese 4Gamer website: "Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden (Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko) is a Japanese-style horror game wherein you’ll use the Wii U GamePad as the 'Projection Machine,' a camera that is used to seal vindictive spirits."
The main character is named Kozukata Yuuri. She’s a “kagemi,” basically a private eye with the ability to find those who have been taken into the spirit realm, and bring them back to reality.
"The game takes place at the Hikayama Mountain, a place also known as the 'mountain of death,' often visited by those who choose the path of death. While past games of the series took place in Japanese mansions, this time around there will be plenty of open areas and spiritual places that will test your courage. There's a strong focus on water in the game with a huge lake being a major part of the mountain environment. Koei Tecmo feels that it will bring out a feeling of uneasiness and caution from the players. The 'Projection Machine' will have you use the GamePad like a regular camera to look at the spirits’ positions and movements. It can also be used to check the length and breadth of your surroundings or even film what’s going on, which Koei Tecmo says should bring a new sense of fear."
Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden will be released on September 27, 2014, in Japan for Wii U. There's no word yet on whether or not we'll be seeing it here in the West, but let us pray! Please, Nintendo, give us this game!
"Amid the Ruins," Episode 4 of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead Season 2, arrives for download starting next week, and we have the full rollout schedule for you along with a trailer.
"Amid the Ruins," the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Season 2, will be available on these dates for the corresponding platforms:
7/22 - PC/Mac worldwide, PlayStation 3 and Vita North America (SCEA)
7/23 - Xbox 360 worldwide, PlayStation 3 and Vita Europe (SCEE)
7/24 - iPhone and iPad via the App Store
Additional platforms including mobile, handheld, tablets, and micro-consoles will be announced. Stay tuned on the Telltale Games Facebook page, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter (@telltalegames) for updates as they become available.
"Amid the Ruins" Synopsis:
Free of their brutal captor, the group members resume their journey north. But hunger, violence, and death have taken their toll. Simmering conflicts and inevitable changes within the group remind Clementine that danger can come from within as well as without; she must choose her allies carefully in this penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Season 2.
To learn more, visit Telltale Games' official The Walking Dead website.
Presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle is heading our way on October 3rd, and today we have the official teaser trailer for the film to share.
Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Alfre Woodard, and Ward Horton are starring in the film with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, and Brian Howe co-star.
The producers are Peter Safran, Joan Mao, and James Wan.
The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
Just yesterday we told you about the new UK flick Facility 31, and now we have a special never-before-seen sneak peek of the flick. The "never-before-seen" thing only applies to those who haven't seen it yet so screw you with your claims of false advertising! Enjoy!
UK-based horror production company Bad Blood Films has signed a deal with LA-based sales company Empress Road Pictures, who will now represent Bad Blood's debut horror feature Facility 31 worldwide.
Empress Road is fronted by Faisal Toor and Galen Christy, both formerly of the CAA, who sell to all the major buyers (e.g., Universal, IFC, Lionsgate, etc.) and specialize in selling horror, sci-fi, and action films internationally.
“We’re looking forward to working with Empress Road Pictures to bring the horror fans an original, high quality horror production with a story that will grab them from the opening scene,” said Mark Kenna, CEO & Producer – Bad Blood Films.
Facility 31 will be represented by Empress Road Pictures at AFM in November 2014 for a 2015 release.
Rosie Hinton, an officer in the British Army and now a convicted military prisoner, is on her final work detail before being released back to her unit. Along with five other detainees she is tasked with cleaning a long deserted military facility, but when they arrive, it gradually becomes clear that the bunker is not as abandoned as they were lead to believe.
For those of us who prefer our cuteness to be on the macabre side of the fence, digging on the yearly San Diego Comic-Con Teddy Scare exclusive has become a bit of a tradition. Said tradition is now set to continue for 2014, and we have your first look!
From the Press Release
Applehead Factory is excited to reveal the details of their Teddy Scares/2014 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive! This year, for the first time, a 12” Teddy Scare will be made available exclusively at the event.
Teddy Scares are back!! A set of three (3) new bears will be available in the “Collector’s Series” due this summer.
To coincide with this release, a special Edwin Morose will be available only at Comic-Con. The SDCC version will have a special scarf. Edwin has always been a fan favorite and will disappear quickly. He is limited to only 250 pieces and is packaged in the classic 12” Teddy Scare windowed box.
In addition to our SDCC Exclusive, the new “Collector’s Series” will be available. Stop by Booth #4923 and get them while they last.
That's right, kids! Both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage will be simultaneously haunt... what's that? Not the John Woo flick? Damn it! We're talking about the amazing creatures created for the Syfy channel's TV show "Face Off." My bad. Yep! They're coming! Read on for details.
From the Press Release
The most twisted and gruesome character creations featured on Syfy’s hit competition series “Face Off” will be live and “In the Flesh” at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Friday, September 19.
Nightmarish creatures will surround guests on both coasts as the macabre visions of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists from the show are brought to life.
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will feature an all new street experience with ten different character creations inspired by the acclaimed Syfy series, including a look designed by Season 5 “Face Off” winner and Universal Orlando make-up artist Laura Tyler. The hair-raising, horrifying characters will inhabit five unique and immersive environments within the scare zone, from eerie scarecrows that go to great lengths to protect a spine-chilling farmland to ghoulish brutes that haunt dilapidated castle ruins.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-new Halloween Horror Nights maze, “Face Off: In the Flesh,” will recreate the morbidly disturbing inventions masterminded by visionary make-up special effects artists over the course of the show’s past six seasons. Twenty-two original “Face Off” designs – from human-insect hybrids to horror villains, ancient mummies, and zombies – will cascade throughout the dark corridors of the terrifying new maze, bringing to life multiple incarnations of these select characters and adding to the cast of characters designed to scare the life out of every guest. “Face Off: In the Flesh” will also feature new sounds from acclaimed electro house artist “Figure,” who returns to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights with a haunting mix of electronica- inspired dance music.
“Face Off” is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX world’s most celebrated figures judge the competition – multiple Academy-Award winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (“CSI: New York,” “Heroes,” Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor. Stepping in to complete the judging panel for Season 7 while Ve Neill is working on The Hunger Games is Lois Burwell, an Academy-Award winning artist known for Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, and War of the Worlds. Season 7 of “Face Off” premieres on Syfy on July 22.
The series will feature Universal Studios Hollywood for an episode airing September 9, in which the artists must create an original horror villain inspired by evocative titles and vivid graphics from a movie poster. The winning makeup from this challenge will be featured at the 2014 Halloween Horror Nights.
“We’re excited that some of 'Face Off’s' most memorable and visually stunning creatures ever will be brought back to life for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights,” said Bill McGoldrick, EVP, Original Content, Syfy Original Programming. “Over the years, the talented artists of 'Face Off' have dreamed up some amazing creatures that we know will make terrifying additions to the Halloween Horror Nights experience.”
"The gruesome creatures imagined on 'Face Off' are the perfect fit for the streets of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment - Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “Our goal is to bring to life the macabre artistry displayed in the characters seen week after week. We are also very excited to be featured in a Season 7 episode of 'Face Off' and to include that episode’s winning makeup in the maze. For our guests, I know it will be a uniquely terrifying opportunity to come face to face with these creations for the very first time now 'In the Flesh.'”
“'Face Off’s' inspiration to create original movie-quality creatures makes for very compelling television,” said John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Creative Director for and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. Collaborating with the show’s creative team, however, gave us a unique way to extend the life of these exceptional characters that make-up artists have poured blood, sweat and tears into creating. We’re excited to put these incredible works of art to the test and see just how scared our guests will become when they are face to face with live versions of these nightmarish characters.”
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.” Other announced experiences include “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line” haunted mazes.
More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.
AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season 4 is coming home, as always, in three different editions: DVD, Blu-ray, and Collector's Edition Blu-ray featuring another round of packaging to die for. On tap right now is a clip from the special features. Dig it!
"The Walking Dead" Season 4 Release Details
August. Baseball season is in full swing. Barbecues have been blazing since Memorial Day. And fans can count another August tradition when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD on August 26th.
Each format contains five loaded discs, presenting each episode exactly as it was originally broadcast. The Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet presents the episodes in pristine 1080p high-definition and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio. As with previous season releases, THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON rewards fans with hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes, and audio commentaries with ultra-exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray release, including additional audio commentaries and several “extended” episodes seen for the first time!
Another “Walking Dead” home entertainment release tradition, started with the Season 2 Blu-ray set, is the unique concept packaging by renowned collectibles creator McFarlane Toys. Following in the “shuffling” footsteps of Season 2’s “Walker Head” and Season 3’s “Walker Aquarium,” THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON will be available in a Blu-ray limited edition “Tree Walker” package. SRP is $79.99 for the Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet, $69.98 for the DVD, and $129.99 for the Blu-ray limited edition.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” enjoyed its most popular season to date, averaging 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49. Whether evading walkers, resisting a super flu outbreak, or escaping the fall of their temporary prison haven and desperately searching for a sanctuary called Terminus, the ongoing story of a group of survivors under the protective watch and leadership of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Dr. Herschel Greene (Scott Wilson) continues to capture viewers’ imaginations on a global scale.
THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON cast also includes Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, David Morrissey, Melissa McBride, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Emily Kinney. New characters introduced this season include Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gillard, Jr.), Rosita Espinoza (Christian Serratos), and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermott).
Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC this October.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
In anticipation of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly scored the first pair of images from the feature film adaptation of R.L. Stine's mega-successful Goosebumps series! Check 'em out right here, and look for more soon!
Jack Black, Ken Marino, Amy Ryan, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Halston Sage, Timothy Simons, Amanda Lund, and Dylan Minnette star.
In the film, directed by Rob Letterman, Black portrays famed children's horror writer R.L. Stine, whose monsters, it turns out, are actually real. When they escape from his books and attack an unsuspecting town, it's up to Stine and two teens to get the monsters back into their stories.
Goosebumps, which comes from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White, is produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment.
Look for it in theatres on August 7, 2015.
And speaking of Comic-Con, the movie's presentation is part of Sony's panel on Thursday, July 24th; the details are as follows:
12:30-1:30 PM - Sony Pictures Entertainment (Goosebumps) - Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Get your first look at two of next summer's most anticipated films. First, Scholastic's iconic book series Goosebumps, written by R. L. Stine, has already captured the world's imagination, selling over 400 million books worldwide. Now it's coming to the big screen with Jack Black starring as the author himself and Rob Letterman directing. Jack and Rob will tell you all about how Stine's monsters are coming to life on the big screen. The film hits theaters on August 7, 2015. Then stay tuned as director Chris Columbus has a special video announcement about his upcoming film Pixels, starring Adam Sandler (in theaters May 15, 2015). You'll find out how one lucky Comic-Con badge-holder might win a chance to be a part of the movie.
A few days ago we had a chance to check out an early screening of this weekend's horror offering, The Purge: Anarchy, and we're back with our verdict. Is this something you're gonna love, or will you feel the need to purge yourself of it the second it's over? Read on!
Read our The Purge: Anarchy review.
All crime will once again be legalized on July 18th of this year when The Purge: Anarchy invades theaters. The sequel stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.
Related Story: The Purge: Anarchy news archive
The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013's sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box office, sees the return of writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country's yearly 12 hours of anarchy.
Returning with DeMonaco to produce are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).
We have over a dozen new images and a fresh promo to share for Episode 1.02 of FX's "The Strain," entitled "The Box." Having already seen the ep, we can assure you that you do NOT want to open that box!
The ensemble cast of "The Strain" includes Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.
Related Story: Visit our news archive for "The Strain"
Attending this year's San Diego Comic-Con? "The Strain" panel is being held on Sunday, July 27th, from 1:45-3:45 pm in Hall H and includes a preview screening of Episode 1.03, "Gone Smooth."
"The Strain" Episode 1.02 - "The Box" (airs 7/20/14, 10PM)
Strange symptoms begin to show in the four survivors. Meanwhile, Setrakian (Bradley) gets a surprise visitor. Directed by David Semel; written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson.
Growing up can be a really arduous task when plagued by bullies. Sometimes you can turn to your siblings... a big brother maybe... to help you set things right. It would be doubly helpful is said sibling was a serial killer, wouldn't it? Read on for more info about the indie flick Found.
From the Press Release
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the award-winning horror film FOUND by first-time director Scott Schirmer. The film has played more than 40 horror film festivals across the globe where it won 15 Best Feature Film awards and multiple Best Actor awards for both of its young stars, Gavin Brown and Ethan Philbeck. XLrator Media will release the film on August 15, 2014 in theaters, VOD and iTunes on its acclaimed “MACABRE” genre label.
“FOUND is a profoundly shocking and moving horror vision from a talented new director working outside the Hollywood system. The film has been endorsed by genre icons Elvira ‘Mistress of the Dark,’ Sybil Danning and Joe Bob Briggs and has created a sensation wherever it has played,” said XLrator Media president Mike Radiloff.
FOUND was produced by Leya Taylor and Damien Wesner. It is based on the novel by Todd Rigney, who co-wrote the screenplay with Schirmer.
The deal was negotiated by Mike Radiloff and Barry Gordon on behalf of XLrator Media and Matt Medisch of The October People on behalf of the filmmakers.
Marty (Gavin Brown) is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn't start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty's life. The kids at school won't stop picking on him, his parents just don't seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it -- his big brother (Ethan Philbeck) is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.
Syfy has given a series green light to "12 Monkeys," a drama based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam, and a promo trailer for it has sneaked online quietly all under-the-radar like. Check it out, and look for more official stuff from Syfy later.
The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original theatrical film.
Said Dave Howe, “‘12 Monkeys’ is a captivating time travel adventure and high stakes race against the clock. We are thrilled to add it to our slate of engaging and thought-provoking new scripted projects, including the recently announced event series ‘Ascension’ and the second season renewal of ‘Helix’ from Ron Moore.”
Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will executive produce. Roven produced the original film. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas’ executive on the series.
Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett ("Nikita"), writers of the pilot, will serve as co-executive producers with Natalie Chaidez ("In Plain Sight," "V," "Heroes") as executive producer/showrunner. Jeffrey Reiner ("Friday Night Lights") directed and served as executive producer on the pilot.
"12 Monkeys," starring Aaron Stanford ("Nikita," X-Men: The Last Stand, X2), Amanda Schull ("Suits," "Pretty Little Liars"), Noah Bean ("Nikita," Damages"), and Kirk Acevedo ("Fringe"), follows the journey of a time traveler (Stanford) from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.
The series is slated to premiere in January of 2015.
We've seen reboots of some Universal classics like The Mummy and The Wolfman before, and we even have things like Dracula Untold on the horizon. Now the house that monsters built is looking to revere its monstrous franchises anew!
According to Deadline the studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast and the Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature, and Universal’s own library. While Universal has selectively tapped its movie monster library already, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.
They’ve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions, and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments and bring them all under one cohesive strategy.
Talk show host Conan O'Brien is getting set to make his acting debut in what could be the single most important film to come out this summer... Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda! Check out his announcement and recently purchased promotional Los Angeles billboard right here!
From the eagerly anticipated premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One, Roger Corman’s Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda, and Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark to the greatest moments in shark film history, Syfy viewers will be swimming with fin-tastic special programming during the channel’s "Sharknado Week."
HIGHLIGHTS OF SYFY’S SHARKNADO WEEK (ALL TIMES ET/PT)
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark – Saturday, July 26, at 9PM – When the U.S. government creates an exact robotic copy of the original mega shark, this new mecha shark runs wild – with only the original mega shark standing in the way of global destruction. A production of The Asylum, the movie stars Christopher Judge ("Stargate SG1") and Elisabeth Rohm (American Hustle).
Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites – Premieres Sunday, July 27, at 9PM – This original documentary special takes a lighthearted look back at the 15 best shark movie bites of all time. Comedians, actors, and celebrities including Ian Ziering, Brooke Hogan, Richard Moll, Downtown Julie Brown, and Mark McGrath discuss their favorite scenes – fun, ridiculous, and frightening – from classic shark movies such as Jaws to the outrageous Sharktopus and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. A production of Associated Television International. Executive producer: Jim Romanovich. Producers: Dan Goldman, David Stephan. Consulting producer: Robert Corsini.
Sharknado 2: The Second One – Wednesday, July 30, at 9PM – In Sharknado 2: The Second One, the sequel to last summer’s global pop culture sensation, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished iconic sites – and only Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) can save the Big Apple. The movie, directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from a screenplay by Thunder Levin, also stars Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Vivica A. Fox, and Judah Friedlander with cameo appearances including Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Perez Hilton, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Andy Dick, Robert Klein, Sandra “Pepa” Denton, Biz Markie, Downtown Julie Brown, Richard Kind, and Kurt Angle, among others. Sharknado 2: The Second One is a production of The Asylum.
Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda – Sunday, August 2, at 9PM – In this new Roger Corman movie, the child of Sharktopus goes toe-to-toe with the latest science experiment "Pteracuda" – half Pteradactyl, half Barracuda – in a battle for monster supremacy. A production of New Horizons Pictures, the movie stars Robert Carradine (Django Unchained) and Katie Savoy ("Living with Models").
The Land of the Rising Sun is known for lots of things like used panty vending machines, delicious sushi, and geisha girls. That being said, Japan's most valuable export is without a doubt Godzilla. You know him, you love him, and now big G is getting celebrated in his homeland like never before.
According to Kotaku, starting July 18 and wrapping up on August 31, the Tokyo Midtown Green and Park will be home to a 1/7 scale Godzilla. The exhibit will come with footprints as well, and the statue will light up and spray mist at night.
Below you can find the concept art along with your first look at the actual statue, which could not possibly be more badass.
If there was ever a time to be a tourist in the Far East, it is now. Radiation exposure will only add to your fun. Bring a Geiger counter and wear a respirator, kids.