Is Sony planning four Ghostbusters films that cross over Avengers-style?
I was literally out the door when Badass Digest dropped this Ghostbusters bombshell that shares details of Sony’s major plans to cross streams.
Earlier today it was revealed that an all-male Ghostbusters is on the way, possibly starring Channing Tatum. Captain America: The Winter Soldier helmers Joe and Anthony Russo are looking to direct and produce.
This follows the announcement of Paul Feig’s reboot (in theaters July 22, 2016) that will feature an all-female cast consisting of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Apparently, the news of an all-male team is a bit misleading, which caused Badass Digest to followup on the story. That’s when they discovered some incredible new details that had me spraying Marshmallow across the room.
Where to begin…
“First of all, this new Ghostbusters movie isn’t all-male. It isn’t ‘guy-centric.’ I spoke to three different people who were baffled as to where that came from. But it does have some guys at the center – the concept here is a movie that spins out of the chemistry between real-life friends Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt (pictured),” explained the site, which also added something extremely important: “This isn’t a case of ‘everybody wants Chris Pratt in their movie,’ this is a case of these two guys being pals and wanting to make this movie together.”
This new Ghostbusters is also supposed to be complementary to the Paul Feig film. It’s Avengers-style, building out a massive new universe that will eventually collide.
“The hope is that after Feig’s Ghostbusters is out and after Tatum’s Ghostbusters is out the next film will see the two teams co-mingling, Avengers-style,” they add. “This is planned out, and has been getting planned out for some time – it’s not a sudden change of heart at Sony.”
Lastly, from what they’re told, this new Ghostbusters universe will also have a prequel movie, which will take place before either of these two announced films.
So, how big is this news? Sony Pictures is planning four new Ghostbusters films that will all intermingle in the same universe. Crossing the streams has an entirely new meaning…
EastEnders star Sam Strike, pictured, is in negotiations to star in Leatherface, the Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel that is coming together at Millennium Films, says TheWrap.
The prequel will go back before Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and tell of Leatherface’s teenage years. Strike is nearing a deal to play ‘Jackson’, the teenager who grows up to become Leatherface.
As we exclusively reported back on Halloween, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and the forthcoming Among the Living, will be helming Leatherface for Millienum and Lionsgate.
Millennium Films, who was behind the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D, is once again producing with Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Carl Mazzacone, for Lionsgate.
Shooting began this week on Academy Award winner Stefan Ruzowitzky’s action-thriller Patient Zero.
The feature stars Matt Smith (“Doctor Who,” Terminator Genisys), Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”), John Bradley (“Game of Thrones”), Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans), and Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games).
Production is based in the UK at Shepperton Studios and will shoot in and around London until April 18, 2015.
In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as ‘The Infected.’ One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.
Patient Zero is directed by Austrian writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky, best known for the 2008 Academy Award® Winner for Best Foreign Film The Counterfeiters, and is from a screenplay written by Mike Le. Vincent Newman (We’re the Millers) produces along with executive producer Steve Norris (The Riot Club).
Cinematography is by Benedict Neuenfels (The Counterfeiters), production design by Jonathan Lee (Stealth), make-up and hair design by Jane Walker (The World’s End), costume design by Suzie Harman (RocknRolla), and VFX produced by Raoul Yorke-Bologinini (Sinister 2).
An update to this story reveals plans for four Ghostbusters films, with one starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt.
I don’t understand the forcing of gender into these Ghostbusters films, but it’s becoming clear that men and women catching ghosts together is no more conducive than cats and dogs living together (I’m clearly being sarcastic).
Sony/Columbia Pictures, for whatever reason, feels the need to push the all-female and all-male gender card on the Ghostbusters franchise. Frankly, I just want to see a good movie with really good actors, male or female.
So, while Paul Feig is developing his all-female reboot (with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon), Deadline breaks the news that an all-male Ghostbusters is also on the way, possibly starring Channing Tatum.
Sony Pictures is forming Ghost Corps, a new company whose principals include original Ghostbusters architects Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd; they will have offices at Sony with the mission to scare up branding opportunities based on the 1984 comedy classic.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (awesome movie) helmers Joe and Anthony Russo, who just made a first look Sony deal and are looking to direct and produce. Drew Pearce, the Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible 5 is penning the screenplay. Lastly, Channing Tatum and his partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, who are attached to produce. The hope is for Tatum to play one of the Ghostbusters in this film.
“We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment,” Reitman told the site. “This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July, 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following hear. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”
This is MAJOR news. What do you guys think?! Maybe they’ll reopen the awesome Ghostbusters show at Universal Orlando?
Sam Raimi’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” just made a huge addition to its growing cast, naming Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) in the role of Ruby in the STARZ original series, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Ruby is described to us as a mysterious figure who is myopic in her quest to hunt down the source of the recent Evil outbreaks. The only problem: she believes that Ash (Bruce Campbell) is the cause of it all.
Lawless joins previously announced cast members Bruce Campbell (Ashley J. Williams), Ray Santiago (Pablo Simon Bolivar), Dana DeLorenzo (Kelly Maxwell) and Jill Marie Jones (Amanda Fisher).
The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on STARZ in late 2015.
Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
The casting reteams Lawless with executive producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert whom she worked with when she starred in the television series’ “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Spartacus” as well as appearing in their feature films including Raimi’s Spider-Man and Tapert’s Boogeyman. Additional television credits include “Salem,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Top Of The Lake,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Battlestar Galactica” among others.
Raimi will direct the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, along with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) will serve as producer.
The STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes.
It’s been almost a year since we dropped our review of Lowell Dean’s riotous WolfCop and tomorrow the bad beast is finally shredding its way onto home video and VOD. The Canadian production is more than just a wicked name, it’s an excellent exploitation homage with retro-80s synths and hammy acting that also works really well as an actual cop movie, in which the lone wolf (ahem) policeman takes on small town corruption.
That lone wolf would be Lou Garou, played by Saskatchewan’s renaissance man Leo Fafard. He drinks, he growls, he welds Wolf Cruisers in his garage! I recently spoke with Leo and he dished out the ins and outs of playing WolfCop, the role’s difficulties, and more. Let ‘er rip…
(and come back tomorrow for our interview with WolfCop writer/director Lowell Dean).
The first question I have to ask you is, what’s it like being WolfCop?
It’s fucking awesome, what do you mean “what’s it like”? It’s the shit.
Good Answer. How did you get involved with the project?
A couple years ago I was shooting a music video for a local band in Saskatchewan called Rah Rah. I played a werewolf in their video for this song called “Henry.” Lowell (Dean) was the director and by the end of the shoot he liked what I did so he asked me would I like to be involved with a project he was writing called Wolfcop. It took about half a second to answer that one. “A movie called Wolfcop and you want me to play the wolf?” Done.
Such a no brainer. What was the most difficult part of the role?
A lot of people think it was getting in and out of all the makeup. But let me tell you, Emersen Ziffle, the makeup artist, is so much fun to hang around with. He’s so talented and good at his job. That part wasn’t as nearly hard as you think. For one thing, he would start putting all the stuff on me and I’d doze off, he’d wake me up an hour later. So the most difficult part of playing Wolfcop would have to be playing a cop.
I’ve never really gotten along with cops all that well. I’ve never really had anything to do with them unless I was running my ass off from them. Lou is a downright drunken, kind of cast off, so that’s what kind of got me into the role.
When Lou transforms, his whole attitude and movements change as well. How did you approach playing the cop versus playing the wolf?
Very little as far as the direction. Lowell really gave me the reins on that. As far as the transformation scenes, they were kind of difficult. You had to get yourself in the mindset of someone who is in excruciating, body-twisting pain. To portray that and the fact that he’s losing his humanity and becoming a beast, a savage as his skin falls off…it’s traumatizing enough. There was some challenge there. I grew up in northern Saskatchewan in the wilderness, so I spent a lot of time observing nature and animals. It was really just a manner of getting back to a more basic being. More instinctual, finding that aspect of yourself. If I didn’t have the foreshadowing of societal pressure and how you’re supposed to move through society, what’s the most efficient way? That’s what animals do. They behave in the most efficient, most instinctual sort of way. So it was that sort of idea.
The film’s obviously really out there. Was there ever a moment on set where it felt like you were going overboard?
(Laughs) Every moment. What this movie had to rely on was Lowell’s skill and his vision. He’s very talented and very professional so it’s easy to put your trust in his hands. He knows what he wants and he knows when to take a break. I mean, we shot a lot of stuff that was over the top and he went into it knowing what he wanted to get out of it and what he wanted to do with it. We didn’t have much rehearsal time, you know. This movie didn’t have much money. So we really hit the ground running every time we stepped on the set. Lowell did take the time to shoot scenes a couple of different ways to get what he wanted. It’s over-the-top and campy, but it’s still marketable. And we just let loose to see where we could take it. So yeah I thought we were going over-the-top a few times but I had faith in Lowell and knew he’d capture what he needed.
I talked to him and he mentioned that you helped weld the Wolf Cruiser together.
Yeah! I spent a lot of years as a welder so I had all the equipment. I have a small welding shop in my garage so I’m always making stuff. And I’ve been working on vehicles as a backyard mechanic my whole life. So we looked at some pictures, broke out our pencils and sketched some stuff out. I patched up the car a little bit and then we decided “we need more of this or less of this.” Then Lowell said “I want you to do this and this, rip the doors off, blah blah blah.” We really did develop it together and then I just took it to the shop and I cut the fucker up.
Give me one crazy story from the set.
Me and another local actor were sharing a fight scene during the climax when I’m on one of the final killing scenes. So we’re out in the bush and he shoots me with a shotgun and has the drop on me and whatnot. We did a lot of blocking and when it comes time to shoot it we know what we’re doing and what we want. In the initial shot when I attack Josh (Strait), it starts with him hitting me in the face with the butt of the shotgun and then I sort of push him against a tree. We started into this fight scene and really went at it. And Lowell at this time had a sprained ankle and was walking with a cane. He’s behind the monitor about 40 feet away and I guess he wobbled up had yelled “cut”, but neither of us heard him. So we keep going at it. Throwing punches and slashing and I’ve got him up against the tree, Josh’s squirming around and tossing himself on the ground and Lowell has called “cut” about four times. Finally he just goes “okay keep going! Keep going!” Me and Josh look at each other and we’ve been going for about three minutes. I look at Lowell and he’s just got this look of shock on his face. It was awesome.
It’s early in production, but is there anything you can tell us about Wolfcop 2?
I don’t know what I can get away with telling you, so I’ll just say this: bigger and badder. If you thought the first one was over-the-top, buckle your seat belts.
Very good to hear! Congratualtions again on the film and thanks so much for talking to me.
No, thank you!
“Thanos: The Infinity Relativity” OGN sees Jim Starlin continue his adventures with the Marvel Cosmic universe. I thought Starlin’s last OGN “The Infinity Revelation” was a little substandard. Starlin has a tendency to supplement his art with completely expository writing, but his grasp on the characters is almost irresistible. So once again, I follow them into the abyss. Let’s hope this June’s OGN is a little more appealing than the last.
This coming June, the Mad Titan continues his crusade for untold power! But first, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN, a brand-new, full-length original graphic novel written and drawn by legendary creator Jim Starlin! Following up 2014’s New York Times Bestseller Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, this new original graphic novel marks the second chapter in Starlin’s epic new Thanos trilogy and another stellar offering from Marvel’s all-new OGN line! Featuring the world’s most popular super heroes and super villains brought to life by the industry’s most popular creators, each Marvel OGN debuts in a high-end, oversized format featuring sophisticated packaging and design.
Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone has re-ascended to power, more dangerous and more deadly than ever before. When he and his Negative Zone armies make another, renewed assault on our universe in search of a source of infinite power, a fragile alliance of the universe’s most unlikely protectors will form to stop him.
Now the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gladiator the Majestor of the Shi’ar Empire, Adam Warlock and more must unite like never before! Only Adam Warlock’s complex cycle of death and rebirth has left him more confused than ever before. What is his purpose in the universe? Why is he here? His Infinity Watch has been reunited alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy. Between these two titantic teams, they may hold the key to ending the threat of Annihilus once and for all. But to do so they’ll need to enlist the help of another.
Could it be that the fate of everything lies in the hands…of Thanos?
Find out when comic legend Jim Starlin returns for the next chapter in his cosmic epic this coming June for THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN!
THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN (FEB150842)
Written by JIM STARLIN
Art & Cover by JIM STARLIN
FOC – 03/09/15, On-Sale – 06/03/15
Levitation, dislocating joints, and now puking up demon eggs, Lionsgate has unspooled the trailer for next exorcism horror film, The Vatican Tapes, now opening in theaters on May 22, 2015.
Lakeshore Entertainment is behind the pic directed by Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider: With A Vengeance, Crank) in which, “A young woman becomes the spiritual conduit for the forces of darkness, responsible for unleashing unchecked evil in the world…”
It comes in the spirit of films like The Exorcist, The Devil Inside Me, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, among various other recent exorcism-inspired genre films. The footage carries a montage of scenes that depict many of the scary symptoms of being possessed by a demon…or even The Devil.
Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, and Cas Anvar star.
Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing the pic alongside Chris Cowles.
Bloody Disgusting learned today that David Ury (“Breaking Bad”, “American Horror Story”) is the latest to join Rob Zombie’s 31, and will be playing Schizo-Head, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World.
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as Panda Thomas, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.
Daniel Roebuck plays Paster Victor, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
“Barkira” is a strange byproduct of the internet, where artists have been redrawing iconic moments from the seminal manga Akira with Simpson’s characters. Barkira is a crowdsourced project inspired by artist Ryan Humphrey’s art (see below) and spearheaded by cartoonist James Harvey. With over 500 hundred artists worldwide, each contributor works in his or her own style, with the central concept being that this is The Simpsons meets Akira. The project is not for profit, which allows the tumblr to avoid all legal recourse, at least thus far.
So far, Ralph Wiggum is Akira, Bart is Keneda, and Milhouse is Tetsuo. The tumblr is literally something else. It’s achieved the herculean task of finishing the first three volumes, already. Check out how their work compares to the original.
“Ninjak” #1 should fulfill all of your deepest ninja fantasies. Seriously there is nothing like this ninja on the pages of any other comic. Valiant has been building the character in their various other titles for some time now. Despite the insane amount of covers the interior art is something else, it has surreal layouts, action packed narrative, and oozes style. Valiant Entertainment has recently been on a roll, every single #1 they’ve launched has been a winner and “Ninjak” looks no different.
Next week Matt Kindt takes our favorite comic ninja and kicks our ass between the pages. I can’t wait.
NINJAK #1 [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN with BUTCH GUICE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151636)
Cover B by CLAY MANN (JAN151637)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (JAN151638)
Cover D by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (JAN151639)
Blank Cover Also Available (JAN151640)
Valiant Next Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE & TOM MULLER (JAN151641)
Character Design Variant by CLAY MANN (JAN151642)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151643)
For the first time, Ninjak’s past and future collide in the pages of an all-new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (RAI, Mind MGMT) and superstar artists Clay Mann (X-Men: Legacy, Gambit) and Butch Guice (Captain America, Action Comics)!
Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.
Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.
$3.99 | 40 pages. | T+ | On sale MARCH 11
Why is there no Dredd sequel?
Producer Adi Shankar is sick of being misquoted, and wants Dredd fans to understand how difficult it is to get a movie financed.
As he explains, there’s a complicated answer. It was so complicated that he decided to uploaded a 6-minute long video to break it down. It’s a must-see for aspiring filmmakers, who can learn the simple (ha!) formula to get a movie financed. The hard part is finding the “D-I-S” (watch the video).
For those too damn lazy to learn something today, in short, to get Dredd 2 made, they need to lower budget, get a big filmmaker and bigger star.
This video is so shockingly truthful that it’s sort of a gut-punch for us film fanatics. What we learn is that filmmaking is a business and only a business, and that creative means nothing as long as a project has a hot cast and director. It’s brutal. Long live the indie film.
James Wan has taken the The Fast & the Furious franchise to a whole new level – the mile high club. Only this club is super exclusive.
Check out this clip from Fast 7 in which Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez jump from a plane…in their cars. Holy crap, son.
In theaters April 3, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster and Kurt Russell also star.
Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) have signed on to star as co-leads in The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, the English-language debut of Norwegian director Andre Øvredal (Trollhunter), reports Deadline.
Penned by Ian Goldberg & Richard Naing, “Cox and Hirsch will play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young ‘Jane Doe,’ they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.”
Stuart Ford’s sales-finance-production powerhouse IM Global will fully finance the film through its Octane genre label. Fred Berger (La La Land) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) produce under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Monsters: Dark Continent, Welcome To The Punch).
It begins production in the UK at the end of March.
While it was originally suggested that Neill Blomkamp’s planned Alien sequel, which would follow James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens, would be the final entry in the series, the Chappie (review) director now says there could be more.
In an interview with the UK Empire Magazine, via their podcast, Blomkamp explains his process, how he came to develop this new Alien concept, and how it could be more than one film.
“If you go back even three or four years, I’ve wanted to make a film in that genre, in that franchise. I’d come up with an idea, and when I met Sigourney (Weaver) on the set of Chappie, I presumed that she would never want to play Ripley again. Rightly or wrongly, I had that in my head. I also didn’t know where you could go with her, given Alien 3 and 4,” said Blomkamp.
“So when I started speaking to her, I just wanted to know more about the process of making the first two films. The first two are the ones that I care about. Then I started to realise there was a whole film – at least a film, if not more – that still contained Ripley, which I was really surprised by.”
The article goes on to boast his love for the franchise, which is slightly troubling. I’m not exactly a proponent of a director creating a “fan film,” which typically ends up as an annoying rehash with too many nods to the original films. I would love to see a sequel to Aliens, but I also want it to be Blomkamp’s own vision – something I believe he’s incapable of after seeing his films. Whatever the case, I really do want to see a new Alien sequel, as opposed to Prometheus, and hope he can pull off a miracle. How do you top Aliens? You don’t. Good luck, Mr. Blomkamp.
Part of the SXSW Midnighters, playing from March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas, is the crime-horror-thriller He Never Died.
Written and being directed by indie helmer Jason Krawczyk (The Briefcase), He Never Died stars punk icon Henry Rollins as Jack, a mysterious loner who has lived an inexplicably long life fueled by blood lust and filled with crime and violence.
But in-between the battles, he releases his tension playing Bingo. Yup, Bingo. You can see his cathartic release in the exclusive still shown above.
Rollins is joined on screen by the Twilight franchise star Boo Boo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Kate Greenhouse (The Dark Hours), Jordan Todosey (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), and Steven Ogg, who is fresh off his success playing the popular character Trevor in the critically acclaimed “Grand Theft Auto V.”
“He Never Died follows Jack in his battle with cannibalism and mental sobriety. An exceptionally prolonged life has brought depression and detachment. Jack buys stolen blood from a hospital intern, plays bingo, sleeps fourteen hours a day, watches television six hours a day, and lives alone. This is his life – he has shelled himself away from social interactions. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. Jack must now walk a tight rope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility and self worth. As it turns out, there are very few reasons to live when you can’t die.”
Horror heavy hard rock band New Years Day are kicking off 2015 with a ton of wild information! First, they’re currently on tour with Motionless In White. Next, the band has signed a record deal with Another Century Records. And finally, they’ve announced that they will be writing and recording a new album, which is set to come out later this year!
With all that information, we had to reach out and catch up with vocalist Ash Costello, who answered six questions for us. The topics we covered are touring, signing to a new label, and what horror composer and horror director she would love to work with! Head on below for this exclusive interview.
You can buy the band’s latest EP Epidemic via iTunes.
BD: Talk to me about signing to Another Century Records. What was it about them that you feel made them the right choice for your vision, your goals?
We thought about it long and hard. We had been doing so amazing on our own with our managers label Grey Area Records, that we weren’t sure If we were ready and willing to expand our family, but the team at another century has gone above and beyond to prove that they really want to be a part of our team, and now we are all pretty excited and ready to move forward together.
BD: You’re currently on tour with Motionless In White and then you’ve got Warped Tour this summer. Talk about the differences between those indoor venue tours and festival dates.
The differences are MASSIVE! On Warped Tour your work day starts around 8am, on a venue tour your work day begins around 2 or 3pm. On a venue tour you build a tight family and on a festival tour there’s SO many people to get to know. I personally love doing both!
BD: What should fans expect from your upcoming album? Are there any surprises in store that you think will really stand out?
Well we actually have not begun to sit down and really write it yet. Of course we are always writing and there are some ideas being laid down, but we are really going to get into it this April.
Expect it to stay on the heavy path we’ve been heading down, some amazing music collaborations and of course there’s always a dark twist. I’ve been feeling pretty pissed off so I’m sure the album will reflect that!
BD: The description of your music on your Facebook page references ‘Dexter’ and ‘True Blood’. Take me further into your view of horror and how it influences your sound.
Horror has a hand in EVERYTHING I do. To my hair and make up, the way I dress, the way I decorate my house, the movies and books I prefer, so it would make sense that the music we write would reflect that. Why would I write music that isn’t personal to me?
BD: Let’s say you’re given the opportunity to work with any famed horror composer on a new track. Which composer do you go with?
I’m unsure if he counts as a true horror composer but I would love to do a heavy rock song with Danny Elfman!
BD: Now, let’s take that song from the previous question and say you’re going to turn it into a music video. Which horror director would you want behind the camera for that video?
Hahahaha well I guess you would presume I would say Tim Burton but I think I would go with Rob Zombie actually on that one.
03/06 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03/07 Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre
03/08 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/10 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
03/13 San Diego, CA – Soma
03/14 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
03/15 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
03/16 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
03/18 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
03/20 San Antonio, TX – Kapone’s
03/21 Grand Prairie, TX – QuikTrip Park
03/24 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
03/25 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
03/27 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
03/28 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03/29 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
From South Park (18 seasons and counting) to Team America: World Police, Trey Parker’s provocative, politically-incorrect brand of hilarity is as vital as ever. There’s nothing he wouldn’t dare satirize. In 2011, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and conquered Broadway with The Book of Mormon, winning an impressive 9 Tony Awards. Cut to 2015, Director/Co-Writer Christopher Bond, who brought us the amazing Evil Dead: The Musical and Night of the Living Dead Live stage productions, has adapted Parker’s directorial debut, Cannibal! The Musical. It’s presently having its World Premiere in Toronto, Canada at the Panasonic Theatre, followed by a U.S. tour soon after.
Bond once again finds that impeccable balance of staying true to the source material yet at the same time expanding on Parker’s wacky universe. The show is blessed with a terrific ensemble cast including the likes of scene-stealer Marty Adams (Saw IV, The Barrens) and Mike ‘Nug’ Nahrgang (Evil Dead: The Musical, Night of the Living Dead Live). Each performer juggles their multiple roles with gusto. Cannibal! The Musical sees Bond take another cinematic cult classic to the stage, packed with freshness and creativity, without forgetting the foundation that’s made these properties so enduring to fans. This is an absolute must-see whenever it hits your town! This is theatre at its most unhinged fun.
I had the opportunity to chat with members of the cast and creative team to discuss the show and its genesis.
B-D: Where did the idea of adapting Cannibal! The Musical all start?
CHRISTOPHER BOND: Trevor (Martin) and I were looking for something to collaborate together on. We were working on Evil Dead (The Musical) together and become quick friends, realizing we kind of have a unique comic styling. Trevor is the smart joke, I’m the butt joke and together we make lots of good jokes. There was this great audience in Toronto that was really hot on Evil Dead: The Musical and we discovered Cannibal! The Musical. It’s great on its own but we really wanted to take it to the next level. It wasn’t a full blown musical. It needed more music, needed to kind of get some structure. We called up the Trey Parker camp and said: “Hey, we want to make this its own thing, make it a full-fledged Broadway-style musical. It took some talking and negotiating but at the end of the day they were like: “Yah”. This was the first thing Trevor and I collaborated on. We wrote the script, as well as maybe three new songs. We got the approval of Jason McHugh (Producer, as well as played Frank Miller in the film). He’s been our point man. He sends everything up the chain for us which is kind of cool and sneaky. It’s been great. We got the green light then all of a sudden we got a: “Hey guys, you know what? Trey and Matt are working on this other musical and we’ll circle back”. Who knew that would be The Book of Mormon, the biggest theatre success ever. It’s an amazing show. They circled back and said: “Cannibal…you guys want to do that?” Years have passed so we blew the dust off the old script and realized it needed some fine tuning, needed some more music. Long story short, here we are at the Panasonic.
TREVOR MARTIN (Co-Writer, plays Bell, Juror 1, The Undertaker, Prison Guard): Our original intention was to have this really small, comedic cast with a couple of rocks and some cowboys hats. As we were growing, building the songs, we started realizing this is a musical. This is like a musical, musical so we need legit musical theatre people. Aaron Eyre is our other Co-Writer. He was the Musical Director of Evil Dead: The Musical. He composed a lot of the songs and really filled out the existing songs that were in the movie. When we were casting, we wanted musical theatre chops and comedic chops and we’re split 50-50 with those camps. The musical theatre people are funny and the comedic people can sing and dance a little bit. Enough to keep up anyway. Everyone has meshed together really well. It’s been kind of magic.
LIAM TOBIN (Alfred Packer): Jason McHugh, who works with Matt and Trey all the time, came in for a week and kind of worked with us as well in saying: “Yah okay, let’s keep that bit but you know maybe that one isn’t working as well.” It was fun to kind of collaborate and create a new work.
B-D: What was it about Cannibal! The Musical that attracted you to take this project on?
CHRISTOPHER BOND: I saw the South Park movie and it blew my mind. The music from that inspired the music that became Evil Dead: The Musical. When you finally discover Trey Parker, you go on a little Trey Parker pilgrimage: “What this? BASEketball. What’s this? Orgazmo.” Then you finally get to Cannibal which is where it all started. It’s underground, crazy, hilarious, kitschy and campy. I was turned on by it right away.
TREVOR MARTIN: When you watch Cannibal, you can see the beginning. You hear some South Park voices. Movies aren’t silly anymore. They usually take a kind of more serious bent, or it’s very satirical. This is just a fun, silly movie that’s got that comedic sensibility we grew up with and miss.
MIKE ‘NUG’ NAHRGANG (Miller, The Judge, Frenchy, Convict): I’ve owned maybe four copies of this movie in my lifetime and it’s always been stolen from me. Whoever I show it to is like: “Could I borrow that?” and it never comes back. The movie makes me laugh so much. When I first saw South Park, I wanted to know everything so that’s how I found Cannibal, Orgazmo and all that stuff.
B-D: What was the approach to this stage adaptation?
TIM PORTER (Noon, Loutzenheiser, The Preacher, The Cyclops,
Cherub 2): It’s a bit of a take on the cult fame of the movie. We play on the stuff that’s kind of cheesy (in the movie) but at the same time, pay such homage. They (Bond and Martin) obviously love the movie.
LIAM TOBIN: We’ve built on what’s there, as opposed to replacing anything. So a lot of the stuff is straight out of the movie but there are some new elements that are a lot of fun too.
B-D: What were the challenges in bringing Cannibal! The Musical to the stage?
MIKE ‘NUG’ NAHRGANG: While it is a movie musical, a stage musical has to have a logical intermission point and a few songs here and there plus serve several functions. The movie doesn’t have some of those things. It doesn’t have a logical place to have an intermission so that got added to the show. While there are 7 songs in the movie, there are 12 or 13 songs in our show. Aaron Eyre, Trevor Martin and Chris Bond put together some songs and incorporated some lines from the movie into the songs. Lines from The Judge, when they sentence Packer to be hung; I actually full-on sing those lines. It always has to be a little bigger, little better, go a little further. It’s not necessarily Evil Dead. I don’t think we need a splatter zone in every show but there’s some stuff like that here. Fans of Cannibal who loved the gore: there’s a little bit of the gore. There wasn’t much in the movie to begin with but there is some.
TREVOR MARTIN: We’ve taken situations and moments that were scenes and turned them into big songs. We didn’t want to just do the movie on stage. There’s no point. We want to make it fresh, completely different spin. This was his (Trey Parker’s) first movie. The career trajectory of Trey Parker and Matt Stone has gone a lot more irreverent, a lot saucier. So we’ve incorporated that kind of sensibility, more of an edge. Now the bar has been heightened or lowered, depending on your perspective. We wanted to bring it in line with 2015 expectations of what this is going to be.
TIM PORTER: You can do pretty much anything on film. In the film, they did a really good job of being really low budget and making a lot of stuff happen. Even if it doesn’t look as realistic necessarily, they stage things so cleverly in this show that they’ll take people by surprise like the horse and The Green River.
LIAM TOBIN: They’ve been pretty inventive with a lot of the set pieces. It’s doing everything that we can with the things that are possible, as well as finding fun and inventive ways to have alternatives that still create the same results.
CHRISTOPHER BOND: Although we’re in the Panasonic and stuff are pretty slick, we still resort to some very amazing fromage to make magic on stage. The mountains and horse are there. Everything that’s iconic from the film is in our presentation plus we’ve added our own stuff, explore the characters a little bit. We kind of barked up a few different trees that are kind of touched upon in the film, go the extra mile and just made it a full musical theatre experience.
TREVOR MARTIN: The scale of this is so much grander than what we originally imagined. It’s a technically-heavy show.
CHRISTOPHER BOND: Unfortunately it’s been 7 years but we’re putting on the show I think we always dreamed of it being, as opposed to something small. We’re giving Cannibal the grand treatment, something spectacular.
For more information on Cannibal! The Musical, go to www.cannibalonstage.com.
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Here’s some terrible god-awful news that hurts more and more as I type each and every word… we may lose Harrison Ford is now in stable condition after he crash landed a plane in Venice, Calif. on Thursday, according to several reports.
Variety, who originally misreported that he was in critical condition (and then edited their article to “seriously injured”), writes that the 72-year-old crash landed on Penmar golf course after something apparently went wrong with the small plane. Ford was transferred to a local hospital in critical condition. The actor was the only one aboard the plane and the only person who sustained injuries.
Ford reportedly walked away from the crash, but had multiple head injuries. TMZ states that he suffered multiple gashes to his head and was bleeding. Two doctors who happened to be at the golf course rushed over to treat the actor.
Various sources now report that he is now in fair/stable condition with serious head wounds (Update 4:12PM PST).
Ford is an avid pilot, and has crashed planes before with minimal injuries.
He’s one of the all-time greatest actors having appeared in Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, as well as American Graffiti, Patriot Games, Apocalypse Now, The Expendables 3 and many others.
We’ll keep you updated as news comes in. We’re all praying for him.
Updated headline at 4:19PM PST