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While earlier this month it looked like Halle Berry was doomed to VOD with the release of the shark thriller Dark Tide, the Oscar-winning actress has joined another genre film that she's been in talks for since October. After the prolonged negotiation, Variety reports that X-Men star Berry is set to topline Troika Pictures' thriller The Hive, which Brad Anderson will direct this summer. "Set against the backdrop of a 911 call center, fast-paced suspense pic will find Berry playing a 911 emergency operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a disturbed killer." Rich D'Ovidio wrote the script, which is based on an original story by Nicole D'Ovidio, Jon Bokencamp and the scribe. Robert Stein and Michael Helfant will produce for Troika Pictures, whose Bradley Gallo will co-produce. Jeff Graup will also produce the pic, while Philip M. Cohen and William Gallo will exec produce. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has domestic rights, with foreign sales being handled by Sierra/Affinity. Production is skedded to start in late June in Los Angeles.
Deadline continues to report on pilot season as comedian Zak Orth (Wet Hot American Summer, Vamps) has been cast in NBCs JJ Abrams/Eric Kripke drama pilot "Revolution," directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau. "The high-octane action drama follows a group of people struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist." Orth will play Aaron, a brilliant scientist left in in a world where physics no longer follows the same rules. Last week we reported that Giancarlo Esposito had been cast, alongside Billy Burke (Mr. Swan In Twilight, New Moon). Watch for more throughout next week.
With Lionsgate already prepping a new American Psycho feature (Dec. 8), author and franchise creator Bret Easton Ellis took to Twitter where he spent the past week talking up a potential written sequel as well. He has already made a demand as to who should take over as Patrick Bateman, so maybe his mind is racing with new ideas -- or maybe he's just a sarcastic fellow making a ton of jokes.... On March 10th he writes, "1:00 AM in L.A. and sitting at my desk finishing a script and suddenly I'm making notes on where Patrick Bateman's now and maybe he could..." He continued: "Hmmm... Maybe I'll call my publishers on Monday... But have to figure out what the structure is..." The idea? It's absolutely unclear if the author is JOKING, but if he is for real, inside you can read a slew of tweets gathered that tease a potential new tale for the psychotic Patrick Bateman. [Now is the time to play The Nylon Curtain on iTunes]
Out of Taiwan comes a viral promo trailer for Columbia Pictures' Total Recall, Len Wiseman's re-envisioning of Philip K. Dick's "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." The footage looks a'ight, I guess, but it will never be the same as watching Arnold Schwarzenegger's film of the same name. "For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate." In theaters August 3, watch the video promo inside.
Those of you clamoring for a sequel to Sin City just may finally get it. Robert Rodriguez took to the ACL Live stage at the Moody Theater at the SXSW Film Festival to announce several new Quickdraw Productions, one of which is the sequel to the 2005 (has it really been 7 years already?!) adaptation of Frank Miller's popular comic series. Alongside Machete 2, which begins shooting in April, Rodriguez states that Sin City 2, after several fits and starts, is likely to begin production over the summer. THR states that he's thus far mum on casting, though he was willing to indicate that discussions with potential stars of both projects will be of the same caliber and eclecticism as the first films, which featured Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Josh Hartnett, Don Johnson and Steven Seagal. Co-directed by Miller and long-time collaborator Quentin Tarantino, the film was set in Sin City, the film interconnects storylines that involve the unsavory inhabitants of the town. Danny Trejo returns for Machete Kills, the sequel to the film adaptation of Rodriguez's faux trailer from Grindhouse in which Trejo starred as Machete, a Mexican, an ex-Federale with a gift for wielding a blade, who hides out as a day laborer, and is double-crossed by a corrupt state senator.
In a move that seems perfectly suited to the body horror aesthetic of David Cronenberg, he and Sam Raimi have teamed up for the new series "Knifeman". It actually sounds like it could be pretty good! Per Deadline, "hat director David Cronenberg will direct the pilot and serve as Executive Producer on its latest television series Knifeman which marks his first foray into television. Cronenberg has directed such movies as 'Eastern Promises' and 'The Fly'." The show "is written by Emmy nominated writer and producer Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights) with the story by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald (Friday Night Lights). Based on the novel by Wendy Moore. "Knifeman" follows the trials and triumphs of a radical, self-educated surgeon delivering a visceral and psychological portrait of the extraordinary and unorthodox lengths he will go to uncover the secrets of the human body. Executive Producers [are] David Cronenberg, Rolin Jones, Ron Fitzgerald and Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Robert Zotnowski." It all sounds like it could be pretty cool. One note though, this is not Cronenberg's first foray into television. He directed episodes of "Scales Of Justice", "Friday The 13th (The Series)", "Peep Show" and about a half dozen TV movies before this.
A new clip has premiered from Lionsgate's The Hunger Games, the Gary Ross-directed adaptation in theaters March 23. This one features Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) disclosing an uncomfortable truth to Caesar (Stanley Tucci). "Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which Tributes must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss (Lawrence) is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If shes ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love."
And the The Dark Tower saga continues. Back in November Ron Howard managed our expectations a bit by saying, "These kinds of projects often take years to come together in the right ways. But I am in love with the material, and the minute it can come together in the right way, I am fully committed to it." That may be happening. Per Deadline, "I hear that Warner Bros is now very close to a deal that will give Ron Howard the chance to direct at least the first feature, potentially with Javier Bardem starring as gunslinger Roland Deschain. And Akiva Goldsman (who wrote the script) is producing with Brian Grazer and the author. Basically they bought Goldsmans script and are paying him to do a polish. Howard remains attached to direct, likely in first quarter 2013. Pic is a co-production between Goldsmans Weed Road and Howard and Grazers Imagine. Bardems participation would depend upon his availability, but he was firmly attached when the project was at Universal." In short, if you're a fan of Roland Deschain this could be very good news.
Austin Chick's Girls Against Boys premiered at Austin's SXSW Film Festival on Friday, and since then there's hasn't been a lot of clarity in regard to which distributor might take on the controversial film. It was announced earlier that K5 would be handling international sales, but there was no domestic deal in place. That may have changed. Per Deadline, "Im hearing that Anchor Bay is negotiating a distribution deal on the SXSW Midnight title Girls Against Boys. The controversial thriller stars Nicole LaLiberte and Danielle Panabaker as two bartenders who get revenge against men who abused them." The film, starring Nicole LaLiberte (Kaboom, Dinner For Schmucks) and Danielle Panabaker (Friday The 13th (2009), Piranha 3DD), is "a psychological thriller about two girls on a killing spree. With edgy and ironic humor and a darkly meditative tone, it is also a coming-of-age story about a girl learning how the world really works."
The fourth of 13 Bloody Cuts will his on March 18th and is entitled Mother Died. It's a holiday appropriate continuation of their anthology of chilling shorts spilt from the vein of horror fanaticism. The short is directed by Neill Gorton, stars Sarah Winter and features work by Millenium FX. The Bloody Cuts films with be released online at www.bloodycuts.co.uk, and will run until their terrifying cycle is complete. Whilst the film making ideology is grass roots horror on a low budget, the Bloody Cuts team are looking for accomplices in the form of funders, sponsors or supporters. If you fancy associating your product, project or website with the Bloody cuts anthology then get in contact with them today to discuss ideas and opportunities. Hit the jump for some quad style posters to get you in the mood for 'Mother Died'.
With principal photography set to wrap any day now on the production from Caliber Media Company, Sundial Pictures and Preferred Content, I can tell you that I recently flew to Southampton to spend some time on the set of Dark Was The Night. Directed by Jack Heller (Enter Nowhere), the upcoming creature feature's script, from Tyler Hisel, appeared on the 2009 Black List of best un-produced scripts under the title "The Trees". The film stars Lukas Haas (Brick, Inception), Kevin Durand (Lost Real Steel), Heath Freeman (Skate Land), Sabina Gadecki (Freaky Deaky, House Of Lies), Bianca Kajlich (Halloween: Resurrection, Rules Of Engagement) and Nick Damici (Stake Land, Premium Rush). "'Dark Was the Night' centers on the isolated town of Maiden Woods, where a nearby logging company has disrupted the balance of the life in the woods. From the frozen forest, an evil will emerge and threaten the local citizens; their only hope being the local Sheriff and his trusted Deputy." Hit the jump for the exclusive preview. And check back later for my more extensive set report!
Paramount Insurge's found footage exorcism flick The Devil Inside hits DVD and Blu-ray on May 15th (with the Blu being a Best Buy exclusive). For what it's worth, if you're thinking about picking it up - my take hasn't changed. From my review, "While there's enough scares, general creepiness and gore to give it a soft recommend to those hard up for a horror fix, the fact that it doesn't fully function as a movie can't be overlooked. Also, it has no third act. So if you're into things like satisfying resolutions you might want to give this one a pass." Full details and box art after the jump.
This week brings the release of Melancholia, Lars Von Triers latest visually stunning, ambitious and divisive flick. Also out, the much talked about crowd-funded horror flick Absentia. The small screen is adding a couple entires as well. First, the ultra-boring Mick Garris directed Stephen King adaptation Bag of Bones limps onto shelves. And AMC's surprise hit The Killing season one is here just ahead of season two's April 1st premiere. Check out the rest below and let me know what you are picking up.
Well, this certainly qualifies as horrific. I know you're all familiar with the Topps line of trading cards but have you actually seen The Garbage Pail Kids Movie? Holy sh*t is it awful. And weird. And kinda scary. But mostly it's the kind of gross that makes you want to throw your TV out the window and move somewhere cold, clean and untouched. The Yukon, maybe. So it comes as a great surprise that it's being remade. And that Michael Eisner, the former CEO of Disney, is behind it. The film will be written by Michael Vukadinovich and directed by PES (to be fair, I wouldn't want to direct this under my own name either). Per Deadline, "Michael Eisners The Tornante Company will finance and produce development of a feature film based on Garbage Pail Kids, the trading card line published by Topps. Eisner bought the card company in 2007 and this is his first feature spinoff project. Toby Ascher is producing. PES (that is what he goes by) will direct the film, which will be scripted by Michael Vukadinovich, who most recently set his Black List script 'The Three Misfortunes Of Geppetto' at Fox and Shawn Levys '21 Laps'." Want to see the standard the new film needs to live up to? The original trailer is inside.
We continue to reserve the right to cover Gareth Evans' The Raid on the grounds that it is indeed bloody. and disgusting (read our review). And soon we'll be covering the sequel, Berendal. We've known The Raid was intended as the start of a trilogy for a while, now the realization of that plan is coming to fruition. Per The Hollywood Reporter, "In a long-rumored move among the action movie set, director Gareth Evans is officially making a sequel to his upcoming film The Raid. Following successful runs at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and the 2012 Sundance Festival, XYZ Films and Evans PT Merantu company brokered a deal to create a follow-up that will reunite the filmmaker with his Raid leading man Iko Uwais. Although Sony didnt divulge plot details for the sequel, it follows the events of the first film, in which an Indonesian SWAT team gets trapped in a Jakarta slum and its members are forced to fight their way out. Tentatively titled Berandal, the sequel will have a significantly larger budget than its predecessor, and its shooting schedule is to include approximately 100 days of physical production." According to Evans, this is the story he wanted to tell originally anyway (which makes it the best kind of sequel), "the sequel idea came up while I was still writing 'The Raid', the first one. What happened is we tried to get the budget in place for a film called 'Berendal' first, and we spent a year and a half doing that. And in the process of trying to get the money for that film, we'd already designed the choreography, we'd already written the script, and we were already to go and we just needed the money in order to pull the trigger on it. And that's a year and a half of not getting any closer to getting the money. We were in a position where we just decided, you know what, f*ck it, we're not going to get it, we have to do something else with a lower budget. So 'The Raid' became that plan B project." The Raid: Redemption opens on March 23rd.
Just in time for The Hunger Games to sweep the globe comes to original real deal, Battle Royale. The Blu-ray/DVD release of the classic film is right around the corner. And we've got a new red-band clip and behind the scenes segment to help you get primed. On March 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings the Battle Royale: The Complete Collection to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in North America. Featuring state-of-the-art HD transfers, hi-res audio and a wealth of bonus features that delve deep into this truly international phenomenon. The clips, along with full specs and cover art, are inside!
On Friday we were told to expect a casting announcement this week for Frankenstein's Army. And not it's here. Karel Roden (pictured above; Hellboy, The Bourne Supremacy) will be joining the cast as Viktor, the mad Nazi scientist. Per Variety, "Czech tough-guy thesp Karel Roden will play mad Nazi scientist Viktor in 'Frankenstein's Army', a Gothic WWII fantasy... The Czech shoot, portraying Viktor's efforts to turn around German fortunes by animating super soldiers from the body parts of the fallen, is Richard Raaphorst's helming debut. Roden, is a "marvelously thrilling addition to our cast," said Greg Newman, executive veep of MPI Media Group." The hotly-anticipated action/horror film, set toward the end of World War II, also stars Alexander Mercury (The Golden Compass), Joshua Sasse (The Big I Am), Luke Newberry (The Heart of Me), Andrei Zayats (X-Men: First Class), Mark Stevenson (The Last Horror Movie), Hon Ping Tang (The Fifth Element), Cristina Catalina (Eastern Promises), Robert Gwylim (Escape from Sobibor), and Jan De Lukovicz. The film, "takes place toward the end of World War II, as Russian soldiers push into eastern Germany and stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades - a desperate Hitler's last ghastly ploy to escape defeat."
I don't believe it anymore when people say they're sick of zombies. If they were, the public wouldn't have such an unbelievably massive appetite for them. If you're still one of the hungry, Zombie Plantation, written by Sean Huze and directed by Sonny Marler is another course for you to look forward to. Huze Media Group has announced that Jake McLaughlin, star of NBCs Frontier pilot, has joined the cast of Zombie Plantation. McLaughlin (Savages, In the Valley of Elah and Crash) will star as Mike Stone, the sheriff of Stone Compound. Mike becomes the default leader of a group of survivors at the age of nine following his father's death. He has earned their respect and gratitude over the past twenty years by fighting off the hordes of undead. Together with his wife, Summer, he has carved out a life for their son and every other resident of Stone Compound under trying circumstances. Gerald Webb (Zombie Apocalypse, Law and Order Los Angeles, Battle Of Los Angeles, Air Collision ) also stars as Lee, a dedicated family man whose quick wit is only matched by his quicker temper. Sean Huze (The Next Three Days, Green Zone, In the Valley of Elah) rounds out the starring cast as Andy, Mikes right hand man and deputy. Andy wrestles with loneliness in this post apocalyptic world. Hit the jump for the full synopsis and teaser poster for the film. Zombie Plantation starts shooting this Spring in
Here we are again. Remember when we were getting teasers for the teaser for Ridley Scott's Prometheus? Well today we're getting a teaser for the trailer. Which I suppose is a step up in this world of commercials for commercials. At least we're getting a commercial for a 2 minute commercial as opposed to a 1 minute one. This is a clear case where knowing what's in the Kool-Aid doesn't really stop you from drinking it. At any rate, there is some new footage in this teaser - see if you can spot it! "Ridley Scott, director of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner,' returns to the genre he helped define. With 'Prometheus', he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race." In theaters June 8, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, Patrick Wilson all star. Hit the jump to check it out.
Paco Plaza's [REC] 3 Genesis, which just premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, opens in Spain on March 30th. Mr. Disgusting gave the film a mixed review but perhaps you're waiting to see it for yourself and are still brimming with anticipation. To that end, Empire Online scored the UK Trailer for the film. It plays a lot like the French one from last month, but is a bit shorter and packs more of a punch. In the film, "Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know whats happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. Amidst the chaos, Koldo and Clara become separated and begin a desperate search for one another. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind " Hit the jump to check out the trailer.