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Elizabeth Olsen, who was amazing in Martha Marcy May Marlene, seems to have a taste for darker material than her more famous twin siblings. At first I assumed that the sole deciding factor for her role in MMMM was the quality of the piece. But it may have been the tone as well. After all, she can pretty much write her own ticket now and her dance card is still full of darker stuff like Silent House and Red Lights. Now we can add Therese Raquin to her resume of thrillers. She'll be costarring with Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs, Fatal Attraction) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter). Per Deadline, "Tom Felton is in negotiations to star opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Glenn Close in Therese Raquin. Written and set to be helmed by acclaimed theater director Charlie Stratton, the films being produced by William Horberg and Mickey Liddell. Close is attached for the role of Madame Raquin, and Olsen for Therese, who, with her lover Laurent, murder her husband (Felton), a sick boy that Madame Raquin forced Therese to marry. After Therese later marries her true love, the couple is haunted by the ghost of the dead husband and it poisons their love into all-consuming hatred." That actually sounds like a cool, albeit mean-spirited, idea for a ghost story. I hope it sticks the landing.
Those of you who've yet to witness the controversial The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence, Bloody Disgusting has a pretty incredible contest where (4) lucky readers will win a promotional code to watch Tom Six's sick sequel on SundanceNOW for FREE. Those of you who'd prefer to own the film, we've also got (5) copies on Blu-ray! How 'bout that? How to enter: Put HC2 in the subject line and then E-mail me your FULL NAME and ADDRESS and specify if you'd rather receive the SundanceNOW code or a Blu-ray copy. Winners will be chosen at random over the next week. "The sequel tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines putting the 'centipede' idea into practice." Human Centipede 2 is now available on SundanceNOW and will arrive on home video February 14.
Iconic production company Hammer, an Exclusive Media company, has acquired the rights to Gaslight, an original screenplay written by newcomer Ian Fried, it was announced today by Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer, and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media. Hammer (The Woman in Black, Let Me In) will develop and produce Gaslight for the big screen. The screenplay landed on Hollywood's Blacklist of the best unproduced scripts in 2011 and is an atmospheric thriller in the vein of From Hell meets The Silence of the Lambs. "Secretly imprisoned in a London insane asylum, the infamous Jack the Ripper helps Scotland Yard investigators solve a series of grisly murders whose victims all share the iconic death brand: dual puncture wounds to the neck." Ian Fried is currently writing an original supernatural action project called Spectral for Legendary Pictures. His previous script, The Ever After Murders, featuring fairy tale characters investigating murder scenes, also landed on Hollywood's Black List in 2010.
Bloody Disgusting got first word that Magnolia Pictures and Magent Releasing has slated Emergo, now titled Apartment 143, for VOD release on April 27 with a limited theatrical run slated for June 1. Directed by Carles Torrens, and starring Kai Lennox, Michael O'Keefee, Gia Mantegna, Rick Gonzalez, Fionna Glascott, and Francesc Garrido, "All types of cameras are used video, HD, 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm as we follow scientists footsteps through a haunted house, casting a frightening spell over the audience. Brace yourself for this terrifying experience!" Shot entirely in English, Emergo is the descendant of The Blair Witch Project and REC, but breaks away from tradition by revolutionizing filmmaking altogether.
Bloody Disgusting is hearing that Michael Sheen (Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) has been offered the lead role in Exclusive Media's The Quiet Ones, Hammer Films' next project following up on the boxoffice success of The Woman in Black. In a quick update, we've also heard Damien Lewis (Dreamcatcher) has also been offered a role, but we're unsure if it's for the same role. We also exclusively reported back in November that John Pogue - who made his directorial debut on Sony's direct-to-disc Quarantine 2: Terminal - is set to direct from his own screenplay. The film is based on a supposedly true story about a team of Cambridge academics in the 1970's who record their investigation as they attempt to exorcise a poltergeist from a young girl. Shooting to take place later this year in UK. We'll update you one whether or not Sheen accepts the role. Nicolas Cage was originally offered the lead...
IFC Films has picked up Sundance 12 Stanley Kubrick doc Room 237, which Ryan Daley says "is insanely thought-provoking [and] is consistently entertaining." A world premiere in the festivals New Frontier section, the experimental documentary directed by Rodney Ascher explores the numerous theories about the real meaning of Kubricks film The Shining. Deadline adds that the film will screen this Spring in the New Directors/New Film series in New York and Cannes is a likely bet to debut the film across the Atlantic. IFC Films will roll out the film later this year via a theatrical/day and date VOD release.
One thing about watching a new TV series is that you risk getting attached, only to have it canceled before the debut season ends. This is why I typically wait until the second season is announced to jump aboard (although I took the day one dive with "American Horror Story" and "The Walking Dead"). THR writes that the two-hour premiere of ABC's "The River," which, while soft in its returns and declining every half hour, still topped last season's comparable mid-season time slot entry, "Off The Map." "The River" pulled in a 2.4 among adults 18-49, with a 2.5 at 9:00 p.m. and a 2.2 at 10:00 p.m.., and gave the net its strongest showing in the time slot since the fall finale of "Dancing With the Stars." ABC averaged a 2.4 among 18-49-ers for the night and 7.6 million viewers. While off to a weak start, there's still plenty of hope for the new series from Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli -- but it can just as easily capsize into the abyss...
From BlanBiehn Productions and Chiller Films, we've landed the EFM sales art for The Farm, which will star both Danielle Harris (Halloween) and The Divide's Michael Eklund. Part of the recently announced a three-picture slate over the weekend, other titles include Up and Down and The Predicator. Michael Biehn co-starred with Eklund in The Divide and with Harris in The Victim.
Emergo, a haunted house flick directed by Carles Torrens and written by Buried and Red Lights helmer Rodrigo Cortes has been picked up by Magnolia and will hit VOD prior to a theatrical run. Per Variety, "Magnolia has acquired U.S. rights to "Emergo," the latest genre pic from Rodrigo Cortes and Adrian Guerra, the team behind Sundance players "Buried" and "Red Lights." Using the same release strategy as on "Melancholia," Magnolia will bow "Emergo" via its Magnet label with the early VOD release timed for April 27 and theatrical six weeks later on June 1... The English-language 'Emergo' turns on a team of high-tech parapsychologists who investigate anomalous phenomena in an old, eerie house. 'Emergo' cost under $3 million, aided by a Spain shoot, with Barcelona doubling for California, and 90% interiors, Guerra said. Nevertheless, it uses 200 vfx, while 90% of effects are physical, he added." An earlier press release we reported on in November stated "All types of cameras are used video, HD, 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm as we follow scientists footsteps through a haunted house, casting a frightening spell over the audience. Brace yourself for this terrifying experience!" Sounds like it could be interesting. It's also encouraging that the film managed to get through post production with the whole "90% practical effects" thing intact. Kai Lennox, Michael O'Keefee, Gia Mantegna, Rick Gonzalez, Fionna Glascott, Francesc Garrido all star.
In the works since 2009, a remake of the incredible Japanese 2LDK is finally gaining some momentum. Andy Fickman is currently in close talks to helm the redo that's being sold in Berlin under the titleThe Wright Girls, Bloody Disgusting learned exclusively. Relativity Media is being the project that's slated to begin production this coming May. Bert Royal (Easy A ) penned the current draft about two actresses rooming together who are both competing for the same part in a film, and while waiting for the answer as to who gets the role, turn on each other in their apartment in a flurry of violent-erotic behavior. The Japanese title 2LDK refers to "two bedrooms, living room, dining room and kitchen." Watch a clip from the original above. While no offers have been made, Relativity is looking to Megan Fox (pictured below; Jennifer's Body) to fill one of the rooms.
EDIT (5:13 PST)* We have received word from a source close to the production that Vulture's story is incorrect. According to the source the production is not in turnaround and is indeed still in development. Since last August 20th Century Fox has been developing a new Frankenstein story with Shawn Levy attached to direct. Based on a script by Chronicle writer Max Landis, the writer's revisionist Frankenstein has been described as a sci-fi take on the traditional Mary Shelley story, focusing on themes of friendship and redemption. Personally, I find any version of the "Frankenstein" story impossibly difficult to tell. I am quite excited to see a studio crack the code and blow our minds with a new version of the story about an assembled monster that is betrayed by man. Unfortunately, Fox won't be moving forward on their version, according to Vulture. "Fox recently balked at making Levys planned remake of "Frankenstein" at an $80 million budget," says the NY Magazine. Yeah, I'd balk too at any horror project being budgeted above $12 million. Your thoughts?
The crew at 20th Century Fox are coming out swinging promoting their historical retelling of our 16th (most badass and excellent, according to Bill & Ted) President. This morning they've provided USA Today with a look at another handful of stills from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D, Timur Bekmambetov's action-horror pic that takes an axe to theaters on June 22. Starring Benjamin Walker as Honest Abe, alongside Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Robin McLeavy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, and Alan Tudyk, "Seth Grahame-Smith's revision of a Jane Austen classic explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war - and ultimately to the presidency - he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved."
Sony Pictures has set Robbie Pickering to direct Oren Uziels The Kitchen Sink, the genre collision about the unlikely alliance between a high school-aged vampire, zombie and human as they try to save their town from invading aliens, reports Deadline. The script was a top choice on the 2010 Black List. Matt Tolmach is producing, and it was one of the first projects his company acquired after he left his executive job and jumped right in to produce the Spider-Man reboot with Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. It looked for a moment like Jonah Hill would make his directing debut on the project, after co-writing and producing 21 Jump Street. Instead, it will be Pickering, who directed and wrote the Spirit Awards-nominated Natural Selection.
Black Rock (review) sold to LD Entertainment immediately following its first midnight screening in the Sundance Film Festival's Park City at Midnight Category. Directed by Katie Aselton, the film stars Aselton, Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth as three friends on a camping trip who run afoul of three hunters who turn violent. It becomes a gritty fight to survive in the woods. By Thursday of Sundance, Aselton was as exhausted as we were. She even offered to have a snuggle session instead of an interview, but I wasn't smooth enough to take her up on it so I just went with a normal interview. Some spoilers follow in our talk, but they're good spoilers about violence and nudity!
Jack OConnell (pictured below) and Alice Englert are in final negotiations to join Viola Davis in Beautiful Creatures, Alcons adaptation of a novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, reports THR. Richard LaGravanese adapted the book, the first in a series, and is directing. Warner Bros., which has an output deal with Alcon, is releasing the movie. "Set in the South, Creatures centers on two high school teens who must confront a curse that has haunted the girl's family for generations." OConnell appeared in the British TV series "Skins" as well as movies such as the Michael Caine-starrer Harry Brown and the Australian horror movie Eden Lake, which featured then-rising actor Michael Fassbender and was directed by The Woman in Black's James Watkins.
We continue to dig deeper to bring you the first news on FilmDistrict's forthcoming WER, a top secret project we're continuing to pull the covers off of. While we've already exclusively reported that the film follows a werewolf locked up in a Translyvania prison, we've got a bit more info on the found footage project. William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman - the duo behind Paramount's The Devil Inside - have re-teamed to tell the story of a defense attorney who has set out to clear the name of a suspect in a brutal murder case. The lead, Talan, is accused of murdering an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf. Casting is under way for an April shoot in Bucharest, Romania.
Ti West's The Innkeepers will be hitting blu-ray and DVD on April 24, 2012. While full details are forthcoming, extras on the Blu-ray and DVD will include: The Innkeepers: Behind the Scenes, Commentary with Writer/Director/Editor Ti West, Producers Peter Phok & Larry Fessenden, and 2nd Unit Director/Sound Designer Graham Reznick, Commentary with Writer/Director/Editor Ti West and Stars Sara Paxton & Pat Healy. "After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees --Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy)are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels. As the Inns final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage ghost hunters begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotels long unexplained history." West directed such films as The Roost and The House of the Devil.
Production is still to get underway on Warner Bros. Pictures long-gestured The Seventh Son, yet they continue to cast away. With hopes of going behind the camera this April, "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington is in final negotiations to join the cast of Warners and Legendary Pictures' exorcism flick, says Variety. He joins a cast that already includes Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander with Sergey Bodrov helming. Formerly known as "The Spook's Apprentice," tale is adapted from Joseph Delaney's young adult series about a teen who's the seventh son of a seventh son, and learns about wizardry from a forbidding spook. Harington will play the former apprentice of Bridges' character. Bodrov is producing "Seventh Son," along with Legendary's Thomas Tull, Thunder Road's Basil Iwanyk and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni and former Legendary exec Alysia Cotter will exec produce. Matt Greenberg penned the script. WB hopes to get this in theaters by February 15, 2012.
Those of you who are dying for a few clues as to what to expect from the second season of "American Horror Story," show creator Ryan Murphy opened up a bit on Bravos "Watch What Happens Live" Monday night. As discovered by TV Line, during a round of WWHL's "Plead the Fifth," Murphy confirmed that Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange will appear in some capacity during the FX horror show's sophomore season. As for other returning actors, the exec producer told Cohen, "I'm in negotiations with four of the people who were on last year's show, and none of them were the Harmons" which means Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott or Taissa Farmiga are all long gone. Murphy also teased that the upcoming season will take place on the East Coast in a "horror institution." Now that's a way to kick it up a notch! Watch both videos inside.
Above we've posted the teaser trailer for Gary Michael Schultz's horror comedy road trip movie Devil In My Ride, which stars Frank Zieger, Erin Breen, Joey Bicicchi, Llou Johnson and horror icon Sid Haig. "Doreen is about to marry the man of her dreams, Hank a mild mannered guy who is equally as excited about marrying Doreen. However Doreen's older brother a wild man named Travis, who's been estranged from her for several years shows up to make amends, but instead accidently, curses her. Doreen is now possessed by the devil. In Las Vegas is a homeless man known as Johnny Priest who is the last known person to perform an exorcism in America. It's up to Travis and Hank to put aside their differences and travel from Chicago to Las Vegas to get Doreen an exorcism before it's too late and her soul is lost forever." Check out the first still below with more at the official website.