Nicolas Winding Refn’s glamor horror The Neon Demon has finally received its theatrical release date as Amazon Studios will walk the runway Nationwide on June 24th.
Elle Fanning stars as ‘Jesse,’ an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles in hopes of breaking through. Her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by NWR and Mary Laws, the film’s principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).
Alessandro Nivola plays Nicolas, a fashion impresario who taps Elle Fanning as his muse.
“The Strain” returns to FX with a 10-episode season on Sundays at 10 PM ET/PT starting August 28th, the network announced.
“The Strain,” the acclaimed thriller from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, based off of the best-selling “The Strain Trilogy” by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, will begin its third season on FX on Sunday, August 28 at 10 PM ET/PT.
“As season three begins, New York City is a battleground. Written off by the federal government, the people of New York City must fight for survival on their own. The question is who will win? Humans or strigoi? Our heroes win victories, but are not winning the war. Beset by personal conflicts – betrayal, disappointment, paranoia – our group is splintering… Meanwhile, the Master is close to executing an irreversible transformation of the world. Is there still hope to save the city and humanity?”
The ensemble cast stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gomez, Max Charles, Ruta Gedmintas, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samantha Mathis and Joaquín Cosío.
“The Strain” hails from Showrunner/Executive Producer/Director/Writer Carlton Cuse along with Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle and Regina Corrado also serve as Executive Producers. The Strain is produced by FX Productions.
IFC Midnight announced today that the company has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Irish writer-director Billy O’Brien’s adaptation of novelist Dan Wells’ supernatural-thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer (read our review), which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.
Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) star in the feature, “which charts the story of a teenage boy hunting for a supernatural serial killer in his snowbound mid-western town.”
“Sixteen-year old John Cleaver (Max Records) is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake, and the safety of those around, he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. However, when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it – but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill. The film is based on the first installment in the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy, a popular book series written by Dan Wells.”
Nick Ryan, Robbie Ryan and Billy O’Brien of Floodland Pictures (The Summit) produced alongside The Tea Shop and Film Company’s (Tower Block) James Harris and Mark Lane.
O’Brien directed the awesome 2005 Isolation that took place on a remote Irish farm where five people become unwilling participants in an experiment that goes nightmarishly wrong. If you haven’t seen it yet, get on it STAT.
Time’s about to run out for those dumb horny teens, and they’re too sexed up to even realize it. Friday the 13th: The Game will be here in no time at all, and when it arrives, you can bet our man J.V. won’t waste any time making up for his decades-long hiatus from video games by unleashing a bloody Stabnado on every unfortunate soul he can find.
The game even has an official Steam page that you can visit right now. Bookmark it, study it, memorize its features, soak up its gameplay footage, stare deeply into its screens while methodically sharpening a machete — you know, the basic preparatory stuff we all do before purchasing a new horror game.
The PC specs haven’t been revealed yet, but according to the first announcement post on the shiny new Steam page, that’s because the “minimum specs are still iffy” right now. Stay tuned!
Friday the 13th: The Game releases this fall for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The Alien films have been getting a lot of attention lately, what with Ridley Scott working on Alien: Covenant and Neil Blomkamp’s Alien 5 still a very likely possibility. Additionally, just a few weeks ago we were treated to “Alien Day”, in which theaters, art galleries, toy companies, record labels, and a whole lot more all celebrated the franchise that has brought us some of the very best in both science fiction and horror.
But how well do you know the series? How’s your knowledge when it comes to the little things that you may not necessarily pick up with each viewing?
Give yourself a test and challenge yourself with 20 questions below! I got 18 of them correct, so let’s see if you can beat my score!
We are t-minus just a few days until the official release of id Software’s reboot(?) of DOOM, the hyper violent shooter that, let’s be honest, if you’re on this site, you clearly know and love (or loathe).
The team at id has been out front with the game, showing it off at every possible opportunity, including a few recent high-profile demos. To be completely frank, the game looks amazing. The tech is, bar none, some of the most impressive seen anywhere, so the performance aspects of the game are not in question. The game was unleashed at a staggering 200 frames-per-second on an Nvidia GTX 1080 in a video captured by PC Gamer, and it looks, well, amazing.
And no question: DOOM is a storied series. It was a mega cash crop for id in the 90s, when it brought blazing-fast gameplay to the PC and beyond. Not just that, it also revolutionized what multiplayer could be.
However, we are twenty-three years removed from the original release — sorry; I meant TWENTY-THREE YEARS! — and the design decisions that made the original game special then are not necessarily what bring people to first-person shooters today. In fact, we are twelve years removed from the last proper DOOM game — the BFG Edition came out in 2012 — and the landscape for shooters has changed. Like plenty of people, I remember it as a hyper-fast shooter with an arena-based multiplayer component. For me, it’s just was DOOM is.
Some telltale signs of a troubled launch are beginning to show through the veneer of the highly-glossed visual appearance of the newest entry in the series. For example, the reaction to the DOOM open beta was less than enthusiastic. It wasn’t overwhelmingly hated, though a glaring majority found myriad problems with the game: loadouts, generic multiplayer, rough controls. The list goes on and on. It came off like a shooter you’d find being released with a guy named Master Chief or…whatever the characters in Call of Duty are called.
Now, I must, at this point, offer a very specific caveat: This might all just be fan-based outrage, a sense of nostalgia gone overboard, but there does seem to be something slightly…off about the new game, doesn’t there? There are plenty of monsters and whatnot, but it just doesn’t feel like DOOM, for some reason. Or maybe it’s hard to know what that should look like. Should there be an RPG-like upgrade system for the player? Are the finishers laid out in last year’s E3 presentation really the way to go for a series that needs to re-establish itself? What if the emphasis is on new-fangled gimmicks, instead of what made DOOM great?
It’s also easy to look back at previous successes to find examples of how to do a sequel / reboot right. Two years ago, Wolfenstein: The New Order surprised audiences with a streamlined but kick-ass throwback to the games of yore. While a few ameliorative aspects updated the game’s mechanics, it still felt like what players wanted a Wolfenstein game to feel like.
However, the expectations for a Wolfenstein sequel were low, at best. DOOM carries with it a cultural cache reserved only for the highest of echelons. And the complaints aren’t complete unfounded, either. The most damning appears to be linking the reboot to other first-person shooters, the grandchildren of the original FPS.
Certain Affinity, known for developing the multiplayer for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Halo 4, is working on the DOOM multiplayer. Those who played the open beta complained that it played like a generic shooter, which is probably the worst thing you could say about this game. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton had this to say:
Rather than feeling like a throwback to days of old, the sad fact is Doom feels like a generic first-person shooter wearing a Doom skin. id has tried its best to appeal to two markets by adding modern mechanics to an arena shooter, but by doing so its [sic] alienated its core audience and produced a shooter modern gamers will find mediocre at best.
As if that weren’t enough, DOOM review copies won’t be available until launch day, on Friday. Not that it definitely means that the game is going to review poorly, but that’s been a depressing trend for games we’ve been excited about recently. Last week, Bethesda — the game’s publisher — released a statement explaining why they wouldn’t be providing copies before day and date:
DOOM is a robust game comprised of a single-player campaign, online multiplayer, and SnapMap. We believe all three elements are important parts of the complete DOOM experience, and are meant to be experienced as part of a complete package. The game’s SnapMap and multiplayer modes both require access to a server that won’t be live prior to launch, review copies will arrive on launch day
Granted, some fully broken games have been released recently, ones whose online presences were completely broken on the day of release, so it kind of sounds feasible, but then again, it’s almost certainly written in indecipherable PR-speak, so there’s no way to know for sure. Truth be told, it doesn’t bode very well for this, one of our favorite horror-shooter series of all time.
In a weird, almost ironic twist, series co-creator John Romero recently posted news of a Kickstarter that’s on hold until a playable demo is ready. It seems like the time for DOOM may be now, but it may also be a time for us to be given a hard look at what a series long in the tooth looks like when it can’t make the leap to modern consoles / PCs.
Speculation can just be that, at this point: speculation. With some pretty high-profile games going through very public growing pains / failures, it’s easy to begin lobbing grenades at this one. Still, id and Bethesda are finding themselves follwing the ‘middling review’ blueprint to a T, and I can’t help but hope that my worst fears here are wrong. We’ll find out on Friday.
John Carpenter Reissuing Classic Horror Themes on Vinyl: Releases “Escape From New York” Live Studio Performance
John Carpenter was always a man of dual worlds, mixing his love of cinema with his passion for music. He composed nearly every film he made, utilizing a synth style that has long since been emulated and honored by countless composers, bands, and artists.
These days, Carpenter has seemingly moved fully from directing to composing, releasing two albums, including the recent Lost Themes II (review), and now scheduling a live tour for later this year that will see him perform his music in countries around the world.
But while Carpenter may be looking towards the future, that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten his past. That’s why he’s decided to re-record four classic themes (Escape From New York, The Fog, Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13) with his band and release them as double A-side 12″ records.
“These 12″ releases include the themes to Halloween b/w Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13 b/w The Fog, newly rerecorded by Carpenter and his Lost Themes bandmates. May it serve as a bridge between the Horror Master’s legendary, still relevant past and his remarkable present.
Each double A-sided 12′ will be available in deluxe limited edition mylar mirrorboard sleeves and as picture discs.”
To celebrate these upcoming releases, both of which come out June 17th, Carpenter has released a live video performance of the Escape From New York theme.
27 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
28 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
30 Denmark, Copenhagen – Koncerthuset – Koncertsalen
02 Spain, Barcelona – Primavera Sound
14 US, Seattle – Paramount
15 US, Portland – Arlene Schnitzer
17 US, Oakland – Fox Theatre
18 US, Los Angeles – Orpheum
19 US, Phoenix – Mesa Center for the Arts
21 US, Denver – Gothic Theatre
23 US, Austin – Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
24 US, Dallas – Majestic Theater
03 Iceland, Ásbrú ATP – Iceland
06 Switzerland, Neuchâtel – International Film Festival
08 US, New York – Playstation Theatre
09 US, Philadelphia – Keswick Theatre
10 US, Pittsburgh – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
12 US, Washington DC – Lincoln Theatre
15 US, Detroit – The Masonic Temple
16 US, Chicago – Thalia Hall
18 US, Milwaukee – Pabst Theatre
26 Italy, Turin – Today’s Festival
28 Italy, Rome – Auditorium Parco Della Musica / Santa Cecilia Hall
23 UK, Bristol – Simple Things Festival
28 UK, Manchester – Albert Hall
29 UK, Manchester – Albert Hall
31 UK, London – Troxy
We’ve teamed up with Northern England deathcore band Osiah to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their track “Humanimals”, which comes from the upcoming album Terror Firma. Hailed as, “…the most torturous barrage of filth the UK has produced in recent years,” the video shows the band performing while covered in some kind of pestilence-like grossness while scenes of protests and riots are interspersed throughout.
The band tells BD:
On the album, “Humanimals” is the halfway point of the concept. There was a lot of stuff that went on beforehand, so the video had to subliminally imply (as did Dethronement) the principle, but basically;
We’ve raped and killed our way to the top of our food chain. We’ve built stone walls to hide in, told stories of religions and invented laws to moralise our destructive ways that we have imposed upon this Earth. People seem to think this is the way it has to be for us to survive, but it just proves what an ignorant disease we have become to this planet, human, but still very much animals….‘Humanimals.’
“A new beginning for horror films.”
Every few years a genre movie comes along that changes everything. Only, we’ve been waiting for that game-changer since the 2009 release of Paranormal Activity.
This all changes on September 16th, 2016 when Lionsgate leaves audiences lost in The Woods.
Bloody Disgusting readers already know director Adam Wingard, who helmed V/H/S and V/H/S/2 for Bloody Disgusting, not to mention the awesome The Guest and You’re Next. But when The Woods releases this fall, he will become a household name.
The Woods is written by his longtime collaborator Simon Barrett, and while many of the details are being kept submerged, it does “involve a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone.”
James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson star.
Lionsgate is starting the hype early, having just released the first teaser and poster for what will be known as “one of the scariest movies ever made.”
Yes, I’m putting my full weight behind The Woods in a way that I haven’t done since Paranormal Activity. It’s terrifying. It’s rattling. It’s next level.
That’s all you get for now, but to you should really click here for updates.
If you need an extra push, check this: Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, The Strangers, It), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder and Jessica Wu (You’re Next, The Guest) are the producers.
I honestly can’t think of a sequel I’d be more interested in seeing than Beetlejuice 2. Yes, I’ve made it clear on a number of occasions that I’m not the biggest fan of director Tim Burton’s work after the 90’s, aside from Big Fish. But the thought of Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton reprising their charming roles as Lydia Deetz and Beetlejuice, respectively, just seems like a delightful journey that I’d happily undertake.
The rumor mill has been swirling for a while about when Burton might make the sequel his next project. But, so far, nothing concrete has emerged. And in a recent interview with Collider, it seems that not much has changed.
This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in, but there’s so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I’ve talked to these people and they didn’t wanna hear this so they just made up a story. But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people. It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right—because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.
So there we have it. It’s something Burton would like to return to if the opportunity presents itself but it’s not anywhere near being confirmed. Looks like we’ll just have to wait this one out until something certain comes down the pipeline.
Sometimes, a film is clearly derivative of the work of others. You watch it and you just think to yourself, “God, didn’t you have any original ideas?” But this is definitely not the case with Donal O’Keefe’s new short Dead Ahead, which chooses not to try and emulate certain horror titles but instead fully embrace them and make their influence 100% clear and apparent!
The 1.5 minute short is absolutely delightful and constructed in such a way so as to make spotting references theoretically very easy. What happens is a car is traveling down a country highway but the world they are driving on expands one tile at a time. It’s almost like those boardgames where you have to lay down extra tiles in order to proceed, only here each new tile may offer a horror homage, so keeping your eyes open and focused is a must!
‘Dead Ahead’ is a postcard animation to the world of the horror movie genre. Our intrepid travelers head out into the wilderness on their road trip only to find one nightmare scenario after the other. With each step forward a new monster emerges paying homage to such classics as Friday the 13th, Jaws and Pet Sematary.
Give it a watch below and let us know all the references you spotted!
Sick of The Walking Dead “who died” theories yet? Of course you’re not. This latest one comes from the wife of Treehouse director Michael G. Bartlett (read our Treehouse review). Mr. Bartlett reached out to us with this short video he made demonstrating his wife’s theory. As someone who only just recently caught up with the entire series, it makes a hell of an argument.
* Major Spoilers for The Walking Dead show and comic series ahead *
The theory hinges on the series 6 episode “The Same Boat,” in which Maggie and Carol are taken captive by female Saviors. While Paula (Alicia Witt) reflects the callous killing machine Carol is set to become, Michelle (Jeananne Goosen) reveals to Maggie that she has lost her father, her baby, and her boyfriend. Up to this point, Maggie has lost one of those – her old man Hershel. Following this episode, she has what seems to be a miscarriage and then Negan kills, well…watch the video below and let us know what you think. It’s convincing as hell in my book.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the May 31st Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray/Digital HD), 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K/BD/Digital HD), and DVD releases of Burr Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (read our review).
In the film, “A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.”
Below is one of the deleted scenes in which Liz (Lily James) and Darcy (Sam Riley) meet for the first time.
The Blu-ray and the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack extras will include:
- Deleted Scenes
- Mr. Collins Line-o-rama
- Gag Reel
- Four Featurettes:
- The Badass Bennet Sisters
- Creating the Unmentionables
- Courtship, Class and Carnage: Meet The Cast
- From Austen to Zombies: Adapting a Classic
The DVD will include:
- Courtship, Class and Carnage: Meet The Cast
- From Austen to Zombies: Adapting a Classic
We have Umbrella Corps coming in June, followed by PS4/XBO port of Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 4 in the summer and fall, respectively. Pair that with the Resident Evil 6 port we got in March, and the Resident Evil 0 remaster in January — as well as the Origins Collection that bundled it with last year’s remaster of the GameCube remake — and I’d say this has been a damn busy year for the franchise.
And that’s just the video games.
The point is, there’s always room for more and Capcom’s intent on filling it with another Resident Evil game that’ll arrive by the end of this fiscal year (March 31, 2017). The game was teased in the company’s financial report, spotted by NeoGAF user Chobel, which referred to a “full-scale offensive” they’re planning for the second half of the year.
“In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, the Company is scheduled to release… Resident Evil Umbrella Corps (for PlayStation 4 and PC) of the Resident Evil series, which marked its 20th anniversary in March 2016, as warm up to the full-scale offensive planned between March 31 2017.”
Capcom’s stocked 2016 with more than enough ports and remasters, and it’s definitely not the Resident Evil 2 remake, which won’t release until next year, at the earliest. Could the mystery game be a follow-up to Revelations 2, or Resident Evil 7? Personally, I’d like a spin-off that stars the Merchant from Resident Evil 4. How about you?
The 1990 Tom Savini-directed remake of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is long considered to be one of the few good remakes that the horror world has to offer. The original is an absolute classic but the remake was made by people who are clearly horror fans, so there is a delightful atmosphere about the film that resonates with us viewers.
William Butler, who played “Tom” in the film, has decided to share several images from the set of the film, some of which show a great detail of the practical FX work done for the zombies while others are just set photos that capture the fun spirit clearly held by the cast and crew. No matter what, it’s wonderful to see these photos.
Butler shared this images via his Facebook page.
The upcoming Freeform slasher series “Dead of Summer” has received a trio of promo clips, each progressively longer and full of more plot and intrigue.
“Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses—and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.”
Zelda Williams (“Teen Wolf”), Alberto Frezza (“Charlie’s Angels”) and Eli Goree (“The 100”) star with Candyman‘s Tony Todd.
Williams will play a counselor at Camp Clearwater who is a mysterious loner with no interest in bonding with the rest of the group. Frezza is Deputy Garrett Sykes, a young deputy who has ties to Camp Clearwater and who grows immediately suspicious when events at the camp don’t add up. Goree will play Joel, an aspiring filmmaker who is returning to Camp Clearwater as a counselor and begins to buy into the idea that something weird is happening. (Deadline)
In addition, the network announced that series creators/executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis (“Once Upon A Time”) will direct the first episode. Williams, Frezza and Goree join previously announced cast members Mark Indelicato (“Ugly Betty”), Ronen Rubinstein (“Orange Is The New Black”) and Paulina Singer (“Gotham”).
“Dead of Summer” will be premiering Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 9:00pm ET/PT.
In just over a week, we’ll be tearing through the legions of Hell in the new Doom. As much as I enjoy mowing down foul creatures with an arsenal of pants-shittingly awesome space marine weapons like the vengeful personification of death metal album cover art, this time around, I’m going to focus on the more intimate, up-close-and-personal approach to cleansing the bowels of Hell. It’s going to be a bloody exorcism, and I’m super pumped about it. How about you?
Doom releases May 13 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Music video/commercial director Saman Kesh is building a strong name for himself. On top of working with such artists as Calvin Harris and Placebo, not to mention companies like Taco Bell and Visa, his short film Controller was picked up by Fox for a feature length film. But today marks a new day and a new venture for Kesh as he premiered his newest project, a short film by the name of Hit TV.
A love letter to 80’s action thrillers, the short follows Hunter Thomas, a man who is searching for his wife after she’s been kidnapped by a mysterious organization only known as Hit TV. The organization highjacks broadcast channels to air a seedy and haunting call-to-action where people are identified for murder and priced accordingly.
There are some elements of They Live and The Running Man as well as a bit of The Purge, but it’s all brought together in a unique and exciting way that is beautifully constructed and gleefully violent. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’m just going to say that I absolutely LOVED the “rasping breath” moment. When you watch the short below, you’ll see what I mean!
Now, here’s where it gets really cool when it comes to Hit TV. Talking with The Creators Project, Kesh outlines his vision for the short, saying, “The short is actually going to be a film at first to setup the universe. It will branch off into a tv show that focuses more on other characters instead of our hero.” A feature-length film is anticipated for 2017.
To get that raw 80’s quality, Kesh actually approached it like it would be viewed during that decade. “The show was rendered out and played back on set through a genuine 80s television set in order to capture that authentic quality,” he explains.
You can find more of Kesh’s work on his official website
A press release hypes The Mummy, the first (or second, if you include Dracula Untold) of the revived Universal Monsters universe that’s set for release on June 9, 2017
“Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.”
Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (Annabell, King Arthur, Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World) and Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson).
The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.
Remember when Warner Bros. announced that Jared Leto would be playing Joker in Suicide Squad? Yeah, people lost their shit. Then, when the first image was released, they lost their shit even more.
Look, I like Leto. He was awesome in Fincher’s Fight Club and Panic Room, not to mention Requiem for a Dream and American Psycho. I really don’t understand the hatred. But alas, people will hate.
With that said, is Leto going to be the new Lestat in the mixed adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Interview With the Vampire” and “The Vampire Lestate”, or are we being trolled by writer/director Josh Boone?
Just yesterday, Boone shared a completed screenplay for Interview With the Vampire that he’s co-written with Jill Killington. It confirmed that Universal Pictures is still developing the new universe, dubbed The Vampire Chronicles.
Then, Boone took to Twitter to drop the below bomb, which means one of three things: He’s fucking with fans, he’s personally campaigning for Leto, or Leto is the new Vampire Lestat.
— Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) May 4, 2016
If Leto has been cast as Lestat, he would follow in the footsteps of Tom Cruise, who played the character in Neil Jordan’s 1994 Interview With the Vampire, and Stuart Townsend in the 2002 Queen of the Damned adaptation.
An interesting addition is that Chris Rice (writer and son of Anne Rice), tweeted this response:
— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) May 4, 2016
Universal has already announced that they are bringing the The Mummy, which stars Tom Cruise, to us in June of 2017 and The Invisible Man, which stars Johnny Depp, in April 2018. But now they’re giving us yet another classic monster tale on February 15th, 2019, with plans for The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, and Dracula on the way, too.
Hopefully there will be some official news soon. Until then, what do you guys think of Leto as Lestat? His character in Fight Club was called “Angel Face”…