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The legendary battle between good and evil has been postponed... this time it's forever. After a start date bump back in December, Legendary Pictures has officially pulled the plug on Alex Proyas' big-budget adaptation of John Milton's 17th-century poem Paradise Lost due to budget issues, says Variety. Bradley Cooper, Ben Walker, Casey Affleck, Djimon Hounsou, Rufus Sewell, Camilla Belle, Diego Boneta and Callan McAuliffe were slated to star in the film, which Legendary initially pushed from January to June. Insiders close to the production told Variety that while Proyas' vision of the movie was great, the technology wasn't quite there, and the filmmakers couldn't reduce the budget enough to satisfy Legendary. Vincent Newman was set to produce Paradise Lost with Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni. Project was designed to showcase eye-popping aerial warfare, and Warner Bros. was onboard to distribute. Decision frees up the schedules of its stars, who are expected to be in high-demand -- particularly Cooper and Walker.
Below you'll find Don Allen's video review for Chris Witherspoon's Rage, which stars Audrey Walker, Rick Crawford and Chris Witherspoon. In addition, we've also added Brad McHargue's written review here. He wasn't a fan... "A thirty something man who lives in a suburb just outside of Portland says goodbye to his beautiful and loving wife and heads into town. There he unintentionally provokes the wrath of a mysterious motorcyclist. The confrontation between the two, sets in motion a day long battle. Beginning in the form of harmless taunts then quickly escalating into something more serious and then into something unimaginable."
Lionsgate is getting behind Dead of Winter (formerly Hopscotch), a new thriller from Hopscotch Pictures and Wind Dancer Films, Bloody Disgusting learned exclusively. Hailee Steinfeld (pictured below; True Grit, Romeo and Juliet) is signed on to star as Josephine, a young girl who has recently lost her mother. She joins her family members who are thrown into conflict with each other, nature, and a crazed killer when they are isolated in their mountain home during a snowstorm. Sarah Conradt penned the screenplay. Sukee Chew, Judd Payne and Sherryl Clark produce with a shoot date forthcoming. The hunt for a director is ongoing.
Summit Entertainment has released the first clip from Gone, their thriller starring Amanda Seyfried in theaters February 24. The clip pits Seyfried against two suspicious cops whom I'd bet are responsible for the kidnappings (or at least the one with stupid Twilight hair). Although, Wes Bentley is sort of typecast as "the villain". Hmmm..... Directed by Heitor Dhalia, and also starring Emily Wickersham, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Carpenter, Erin Carufel, Sebastian Stan, and Socratis Otto, "the thriller revolves around a young woman named Jill (Seyfried) who returns home from her night shift to find her sister's bed empty. She's convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years before has come back to finish the job. But the police do not believe Jill, who knows time is running out. With no one to turn to, she sets off to find her sister and face her abductor once and for all."
Just in time for EFM it was announced that Robert Rodriguez is teaming with producer Alexander Rodnyansky for the promised sequel to the 2010 action film Machete. Now that the Berlin market is in full gear, some early sales art has leaked online. Titled Machete Kills (as teased in the closing credits of the first Machete), the film is the second in a planned trilogy. Danny Trejo returns as the title character. Ethan Maniquis co-directed the first film that starred Trejo as Machete is 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. Rodriguez also teased that the third entry will be titled Machete Kills Again... In Space!.
Columbia Pictures has released a new clip from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D, this time using the footage to introduce Nicolas Cage as one Ghost Rider. The clip features what's probably the film's first look at the blazing Marvel comics icon and his motorcycle. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth also star. "In the successor to the worldwide hit 'Ghost Rider,' Johnny - still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy - and possibly rid himself of his curse forever." In theaters February 17.
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has picked up the $5m comic action horror Ghost Sweepers, reports Screen Daily. Ghost Sweepers is directed by Shin Jung-won, whose credits include creature feature Chaw, which Finecut also handled. Also combining situation comedy and genre elements, " 'Ghost Sweepers' follows a group of top exorcists who join forces to eradicate a notorious evil spirit." Kim Soo-ro, Kang Ye-won and Lee Jae-hoon all star. Here's the full plot crunch: "Chan-young, a young journalist, is sent to cover a story when all the top shamans from nationwide gather up for a grand exorcism at a small village notorious for dark rumors about an evil spirit. They barely manage to even enter the village for this evil spirit is unlike anything anyone has seen so far. The group of shamans begins their grand ritual, but with the strange eerie force that dominates the entire village and repeated attacks by the spirit, most of the shamans run for their lives. Only five best shamans remain along with Chan-young. So the six begin to explore the dark secrets of the village while preparing for the biggest battle against the evil forces." Currently in production, Ghost Sweepers is financed and will be widely released by Korean distributor N.E.W (Next Entertainment World).
Stake Land director Jim Mickle is set to sink his teeth into a remake of cult cannibal picture We What We Are (one of my favorite films of 2010), Paris-based Memento Films International has announced. Mickle will transpose Mexican director Jorge Michel Graus picture about a family of cannibals from its original setting of Mexico City, to a poor part of the Catskills region in New York State. Principal photography starts in June. "Its a cool challenge to do justice to Jorges story, but also explore things from an unexpected angle," said Mickle, who is writing the script with Nick Damici. Andrew Corkin of New York-based Uncorked Productions (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Afterschool) and Bolivian director/producer Rodrigo Bellott (Sexual Dependency) are producing alongside MFI's Nicholas Shumaker and Linda Moran and Rene Bastian of Belladonna Productions, who produced Mickle's first two films.
Screen Daily reports from EFM that Renny Harlin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master , Deep Blue Sea, Exorcist: The Beginning, The Covenant ) will direct an as-yet-untitled thriller set in Russias Ural Mountains. "The fact-based film is about a mysterious incident in 1959, when nine experienced hikers were found dead. The film will be able contemporary students on a trek to investigate the mystery." Producers will be Alexander Rodnyansky, Kia Jam, Harlin and Sergei Bespalov. Harlin said: "I was fascinated by this story, which remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of modern paranormal lore. The facts, the script and the very dramatic setting convinced me that there is a thrilling movie there, just waiting to rivet audiences." The project will start shooting on location in Russia in March.
Momentum Pictures, Alliance Films' U.K. distribution division, has signed up to take writer/director Richard Raaphorst's horror film Frankenstein's Army on a British tour of duty, reports Screen Daily. Shooting in Prague the movie marks Dutch director Raaphorst's debut after his award winning "Worst Case Scenario" shorts catapulted him into popularity among horror fans worldwide. "The story is set towards the end of World War II and sees Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany 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 Frankensteins work to assemble an army of supersoldiers stitched together from a combination of the body parts of their fallen comrades, weapons and machinery a desperate Hitlers last ghastly ploy to escape defeat." They also reveal that the movie is finally shooting in Europe. It is a co-production of MPI/Dark Sky Films, Los Angeles-based XYZ Films and Pellicola of Amsterdam.
Ridley Scott's return to Alien franchise was originally conceived as a trilogy all stitched together to set up his iconic 1979 sci-fi horror pic. With the prequel Prometheus hitting theaters June 8 in a flurry of hype, Scott is once again thinking "sequel". In speaking to EW about the upcoming Blade Runner, Scott reveals that he's "also thinking about what the hell I might do for a 'Prometheus 2.'" as he knocks the wood coffee table and grins. Those keeping up with the Prometheus mythos know that the film is supposed to set up exactly how the dead Space Jockey crash landed on the planet. This still leaves plenty of years (or millions of years) to explore.
Fox's untitled Kevin Williamson pilot has assembled a formidable leading duo, with "Rome" alum James Purefoy (Resident Evil, Solomon Kane) signing on for the second starring role opposite Kevin Bacon, reports Deadline. The untitled project, from Warner Bros TV and Williamsons studio-based Outerbanks Entertainment, is described as an edge-of-the-seat thriller "about Joe Carroll (Purefoy) a diabolical serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers, and a retired FBI profiler (Bacon) who finds himself in the middle of it." Marcos Siega is set to direct the pilot, written and executive produced by Williamson, creator of "Dawsons Creek," the hit Scream horror movie franchise and co-creator/executive producer of the CWs "Vampire Diaries" and "Secret Circle."
Repo! The Genetic Opera obsessors dig on yet another character banner from Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich's The Devil's Carnival, which displays Bill Moseley as "The Magician" with his sidekick Harry the Hare! Also starring Emilie Autumn, Slipknot's The Clown, Ivan Moody, Briana Evigan, J. Larose, Alexa Vega, Ogre, Paul Sorvino, Marc Senter, and Sean Patrick Flanery, The Devil's Carnival is a 45-minute experimental short about a carnival run by the devil. Watch the official website for more fun or to interact leading up to the short's completion.
New Line and director James Wan (Insidious, Saw) are rounding out the cast of horror pic The Warren Files, signing up Hayley McFarland ("Lie to Me," "An American Crime") and Shanley Caswell (Detention) to play members of the family beset by a haunted house, reports Variety. Mackenzie Foy and Joey King have already been tapped to play the younger sisters in the true-life Perron family. McFarland and Caswell will portray the oldest siblings. The Perrons claimed they "lived among the dead" in the 1970s as spirits -- both friendly and sinister -- inhabited their Rhode Island farmhouse. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are playing the investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Lilli Taylor and Ron Livingston will portray the Perrons. Peter Safran and Tony DeRosa-Grund will produce The Warren Files -- formerly titled The Conjuring -- through the Safran Co. and DeRosa-Grund's Evergreen Media Group. Rob Cowan will also produce. Wan is directing from a script by Chad and Carey Hayes with shooting scheduled to start February 21 in North Carolina.
Back in August of 2010, we told you about a project that was making its way around town called Day 38. At the time it was being described as Twister meets Cloverfield meets Predator. The film, "begins in the face of a Category 5 tornado where a group of storm chasers find themselves fighting off a force greater than Mother Nature.". Now, it appears that the project has been in development with McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision and they've struck a deal with Syfy films to get it out there with Richard Farmer directing. Per Variety, "Syfy Films is developing "Day 38" and is in early talks with McG and Mary Viola to produce, and Richard Farmer to direct the found-footage thriller. Project, scripted by Chris Rossi and Gabe Scott, was developed in-house at McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision with Farmer -- a noted commercial director whose latest campaigns include Sims, Activision and Nintendo. It's Wonderland's/McG's first partnership with Syfy." I don't think found footage works for everything, but since Tornado Chasers are always filming sh*t anyway, they shouldn't have too many motivation issues on this one.
Okay - it's not a "masterpiece". It's actually hailed as "the worst movie ever" (though I've seen worse). But Edward D. Wood Jr's Plan 9 From Outer Space will be hitting Blu-Ray on March 6th! The gaffes and errors and incompetence should be stunning in 1080P! I find myself wondering if they actually fund a good source print for this thing or if it will be an uprezzed conversion. In the film, "Aliens fear the human race will develop a deadly "solaranite bomb." After eight failed attempts, Plan 9 is their scheme to reanimate earth's dead to build a zombie army and stop the earthlings from destroying the universe." There are no disc specifications yet, but I don't see how we can get a better bit of insight than Tim Burton's 1994 Ed Wood provided. If you've never seen the film, you at least owe yourself the favor of hitting the jump and checking out the trailer.
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D, which Columbia Pictures is releasing on February 17, is upping the octane in terms of the amount of footage they're showing. This newest clip shows Idris Elba's character, Moreau, engaging in some motorcycle hijinks of his very own. I guess Nic Cage isn't supposed to be the only badass in the film. "It has been several years since making a deal with the Devil and Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), living in self-imposed isolation, finds himself as the only person who can help save 10-year-old Danny and ultimately the world thanks to his unwanted and uncontrollable power his ability to transform into the hell-on-wheels monster known as The Ghost Rider." Hit the jump to check out the clip!
Not to be confused with three other genre films of the same name, German helmer Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism) is set to helm psychological thriller The Darkness, which HanWay Films will unveil to buyers at the Berlinale this week, reports Variety. Project will topline Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Black Christmas, The Ring Two, Final Destination 3, The Thing) as an "American student looking after her tutor's two children in a remote English manor house. She soon comes to believe that she and the children are being haunted when their lives are threatened by mysterious events." Megan Holley penned the script, while Occupant Entertainment's Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino and Management 360's Ben Forkner will produce. Pic is slated to begin lensing in Europe this summer.
Now that the Sundance Film Festival has come and gone, it's time to set our sights on the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, which takes places March 9-17 in Austin, Texas. While many titles have already been announced, we've now landed the complete Midnight line-up that includes the likes of [REC] 3 Genesis, The Tall Man and Bloody Disgusting's own V/H/S! In addition, stringer Corey Mitchell has shared an exclusive chat with SXSW Senior Programmer & Operations Manager Jarod Neece! Everything after the break...