Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to Amy Berg's docu about the West Memphis Three, West of Memphis," which was produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, as well as first-time producers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, says Variety. The pic, which debuted at Sundance, "chronicles the new investigation surrounding the West Memphis Three, which ultimately broke the case open and led to the freedom of three innocent men: Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr." Berg's film examines the flawed police investigation into the 1993 murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, and reveals details of Echols' fight to save his life while sitting on death row for 18 years. Watch the festival trailer below.
The Terminator, Aliens, Near Dark, Frailty and Twister star Bill Paxton has been cast in The Colony directed by Jeff Renfroe, as reported by Deadline. Renfroe co-wrote The Colony with Patrick Tarr and Pascal Trottier. Paxton stars alongside previously announced Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Zegers in the feature "about a small group of survivors living in the aftermath of a future ice age who live underground fighting for their lives in a society that disintegrates into cannibalism and violence." Production is now underway in Toronto.
Looking a bit inspired by the classic slasher Prowler, we've landed the trailer for 7 Down, written and directed by Tyler L. Schmid. You can check out the 7 Down website for more, or purchase it at RHR Home Video. More on the7 Down Facebook page. "Seamus (Mike Crawford), Damion (Kenton Masloskie) and Craig (Adam Flores) are primed to go out of town for a haunted hay rack ride. The beer and vodka flow freely until the three friends are thrown a curve ball when Seamus' younger sister, Mickey (Raychel Fejfar), invites three of her friends to join the party: Ted (Josh Crawford), the shy photography student who often goes unnoticed; Julianna (Gaia Foxx), who cannot escape the loss of her parents and little brother; and Salvatore (Sam Sajid), the greasy mafia connected drug dealer. The tension rises when the friends realize that they are lost. The fear of driving at night increases their hysteria. The situation worsens when Ted's car breaks down. A cell phone call to AAA, and a liter of vodka sparks the inevitable. Who is the killer and what is the motive for his madness?"
In Tim Burton's Frankenweenie young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Arriving in theaters October 5, 2012 from Walt Disney Pictures, we've landed a new still from the stop-motion animated feature with word that the trailer will premiere online tomorrow morning! The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine OHara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), while Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer later added. While full details are inside, Burton has enlisted the Corpse Bride team for this project.
Ghost House Pictures has tappped Neil Cross ("Luther") to write The Day of the Triffids, based on the sci-fi horror novel written by John Wyndam and the 1962 film, reports Variety. Still no word on if Sam Raimi will direct. "A shower of meteorites produces a glow that blinds anyone that looks at it. As it was such a beautiful sight, most people were watching, and as a consequence, 99% of the population go blind. In the original novel, this chaos results in the escape of some Triffids: experimental plants that are capable of moving themselves around and attacking people. In the 1962 film, however, the Triffids are not experimental plants. Instead they are space aliens whose spores have arrived in an earlier meteor shower." Cross currently has several feature scripts being produced by Guillermo Del Toro including the horror film Mama, staring Jessica Chastain, which is in post-production. The film will be produced by Ghost House Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, and Preger Entertainment, LLC.
Watch the official one-sheet for Open Road's Silent House (review) come to life in the following motion poster. Martha Marcy May Marlene's Elizabeth Olsen stars in the horror flick featuring "88 minutes of real fear captured in real time." The pic opens in theaters on March 9. Having premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival, Silent House was co-directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, who left audiences terrified with the hit film Open Water. " 'Silent House' is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house." The screenplay was written by Laura Lau and based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, written by Oscar Estevez. Visit the Facebook to become a fan.
We've just now landed the full official trailer for Dimension Films' Piranha 3DD that I personally think is better than Alex Aja's 2010 remake. The footage is over-the-top insane, and gives multiple homage to some of our favorite horror classics (including the infamous bathtub scene in A Nightmare On Elm Street). It looks absolutely amazing. Thanks to BD reader 'DJblack1313' for tipping us off. "Theres something in the water... again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park." Piranha 3DD reteams Feast director John Gulagar with writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka, David Koechner, Meagan Tandy, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, Clu Gulager, Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Paul Scheer and David Hasselhoff all star. A release date is still forthcoming.
It has been a whopping 13 years since Dan Aykroyd wrote an early draft for Ghostbusters 3, which would eventually transform into the version penned by "Office" writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky about a new generation of 'busters. Over the past few years the Columbia-produced sequel has hit snag after snag, leading up to various internet rumors surrounding Bill Murray. The fact is, he's too busy with life to star, and Aykroyd respects that... "I honestly don't know. At this point it's in suspended animation," Aykroyd tells the Daily Telegraph in response to . "The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn't want to be involved. He's got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He's into this life and living it. I know we'd have a lot of fun [but] I can't be mad at him. He's a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn't want to know." He's recently begun to consider recasting Murray's role with another actor. It's also been suggested that he could return as a CGI ghost... "We're not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I'm the cheerleader, but I'm only one voice in the matter. It's a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio." The article visually described Aykroyd's look as "pained." Hopefully they can just suck it up and move on without Murray, or at least officially can the sequel so we can stop speculating.
Nicole Kidman is in talks to play the lead in writer-director Rowan Joffe's (writer of 28 Weeks Later) psychological thriller Before I Go To Sleep, which Joffe has adapted from Steve Watson's acclaimed debut novel, reports Screen Daily. Watson's acclaimed novel is a psychological thriller "about a woman who wakes up every morning without remembering the past 20 years of her life." The novel's rights have sold in 42 countries. Liza Marshall of Ridley and Tony Scotts Scott Free is producing. StudioCanal and BBC Films are among parties circling the project. Shoot dates have yet to be confirmed. BAFTA winner Joffe wrote and directed 2010 drama Brighton Rock and also wrote screenplay's for Anton Corbijn's The American and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 28 Weeks Later. Kidman most recently starred in Joel Schumacher's terrible Trespass and will hit screens this year in Park Chan-wook's Stoker.
Well Go USA has picked up North American rights to Strippers vs Werewolves from U.K. independent sales and distribution label Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. In Jonathan Glendening's Strippers vs Werewolves, a turf war breaks out after a strip-club murder in this kick-ass revenge saga full of immense action and sharp one-liners. The stunning Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel, Hostel II) leads the cast alongside Sarah Douglas (Superman), Robert Englund (Freddy vs. Jason, Nightmare on Elm Street), Lucy Pinder, Martin Kemp and Ali Bastian. We recently added a new batch of images, along with a fresh piece of sales art for AFM. "Jeanette, the clubs careworn owner, believes murdering customers is bad for business, so she orders the clubs bouncer to quietly dispose of the body. And there the matter should end ... if Mickey hadnt been a member of a bloodthirsty and vengeful pack of werewolves. When Mickeys corpse surfaces, Jack Ferris, the werewolves charming and vicious leader, swears bloody vengeance and sends his pack out to hunt down the killers. Little does he know, Justice is actually the fiancée of his second in command, Scott. To make matters worse, Justice bites Scott during sex and now may be infected with the curse of lycanthropy herself. Add to the mix werewolf Barker, the masturbating man-child; Sinclair, the occultist with low self-esteem; and a bevy of the most beautiful women this side of heaven and you have the perfect recipe for balls to the wall, frenetic, skimpily clad, strippers on werewolves action-packed goodness. STRIPPERS vs. WEREWOLVES - stripping has never been this hairy."
Bloody Disgusting was supplied with a creepy new clip from Open Road Films and Liddell Entertainment's Silent House (review), their "real-time" supernatural thriller that promises that on March 9 "the silence will kill you." Martha Marcy May Marlene's Elizabeth Olsen stars in the horror flick featuring "88 minutes of real fear captured in real time." She's also featured in the clip entitled "Someone's Upstairs." Who is it? The pic, which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival, was co-directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, who left audiences terrified with the hit film Open Water. " 'Silent House' is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house." The screenplay was written by Laura Lau and based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, written by Oscar Estevez. Visit the Facebook to become a fan.
We've just now added a second preview clip from AMC's "The Walking Dead" episode 02.11, "Judge, Jury, Executioner." Check out a preview from next Sunday's episode below, which airs March 4 at 9/10c. After an incredibly lackluster first half of the season, it took me three weeks to buckle down and watch the last trio of episodes. While the show is still lacking in various departments, it was 110% more entertaining, jam-packed with action and really pushing hard on the characters. It takes more than 3 episodes to repair the damage done, so I expect the build to the season to finale to be incredible. Only time will tell. " "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth."
While Joe Johnston works on his screenplay for NSFW, writer Adam Mason (who co-wrote with Simon Boyes) is gearing up to release his hypnotic indie Junkie, which now has an uncensored trailer, one-sheet and official website. "'Junkie' is a black comedy about two drug addled brothers, Danny (Daniel Louis Rivas) and Nicky (Robert LaSardo). When Danny wakes up one morning and decides he's going clean, Nicky's not taking it lying down, and drives Danny from one insane experience to another as a whole host of bizarre, surreal characters descend on their sprawling, dilapidated mansion, all with grievances to bear, debts to reclaim or trouble to cause. As Danny's life spirals out of control he must fight tooth and nail to kick the habit and rescue himself from the personal hell Nicky has consigned him to, whilst simultaneously attempting to repair the deeply damaged relationships with his increasingly bizarre friends and family." Mason directed Blood River, The Devil's Chair, Pig and the forthcoming Luster. This film reteams him with regular Andrew Howard who can also be seen in the I Spit on Your Grave remake from Anchor Bay.
AMC has agreed to develop sci-fi horror series "99 Stories," says THR. Feature writer David Seltzer developed and will write the series with James Middleton ("The Sarah Connor Chronicles") and Steven Banks ("Women in Law") executive producing. The show features a pretty cool premise as it is "set in a new 99-story high-rise building in which a group of strangers gets trapped." AMC vice president of original series Christina Wayne said: "We want to do original programming that is cinematic and flows seemingly into the films. This seemed like the perfect fit." "99 Stories" will be part of AMC's Monsterfest season, featuring 240 hours of non-stop horror films as well as online video. Seltzer said of his series: "Each story presents a different kind of challenge for the group. The elevators are in control of destiny, whittling them out by deciding who they deem deserve to go up."
Twitch Film is reporting that Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Martha Marcy May Marlene) has been offered the lead role of "Maria" in Spike Lee's Oldboy, his remake of the Korean thriller that will star Josh Brolin in the lead role. For the female lead both Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska had been offered and rejected the part. In Park Chan-wook's 2003 Korean original, "a man gets kidnapped and held in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, he's released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge." The remake has been riddled with casting issues over at Warners. It'll be interesting to see if this or Akira gets off the ground first.
Rachael Taylor (Transformers, "Charlie's Angels") is moving into "666 Park" (aka "666 Park Avenue"), ABC's supernatural-tinged drama pilot. Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Rachael Taylor is going from being one of Charlie's angels to a co-manager of a creepy apartment building for ABC. The former Charlie's Angeles co-star has joined ABC's drama pilot 666 Park, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively." The thriller, based on the Gabriella Pierce book series of the same name, "centers on a young couple (Annable and his not-yet-cast spouse) that accepts an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City. They unwittingly begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building." The pilot was written by "Fringe" scribe David Wilcox.
Well, don't actually mark your calendars unless. Because we're talking late 2013 or early 2014 at this point. But, from the very little we know so far, the Jonathan Stokes penned Blood Mountain sounds like it could be cool. Per Deadline, "London-based Derby Street Films has made a six-figure acquisition of... 'Blood Mountain', a script that made the 2011 Black List. Spec is described as a gritty survival thriller with action elements. Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield of Movie Package Co. are producing alongside James Gibb of Cutting Edge, with Nicola Horlick, Rachel Durkin, Brooklyn Weaver and Jonathan Stokes serving as Executive Producers." Stokes recently wrote After Dark's El Gringo. Derby Street plans to fins a director for this ASAP.
During a recent press conference for Festival International du Film Fantastique de Gérardmer 2012, Ron Perlman let drop that Hellboy 3 probably isn't ever going to happen. Which kind of makes sense. The Hellboy films are great, but they're not enormous moneymakers (nor are they flops, they're just not sure things). And Guillermo Del Toro's dance card is extremely full of projects after he finishes Pacific Rim. The odds for the money and a willing studio being in place during the brief window of time Del Toro may have to make the film (whenever that may be) are kind of low. Or, in the words of Perlman, "If I had to bet, I would bet there will be no Hellboy 3... It would be a great shame if we never did it... It's kind of like Dorothy in 'The Wizard Of Oz', we close our eyes and click our heels [in the hopes it will come together]." Hit the jump for video from the press conference, where he also discusses his willingness to be on "Game Of Thrones" - not that he necessarily will be.
Columbia Pictures and Red Wagon Entertainment's Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are teaming up for the American remake of Dutch thriller Taped. Per Variety, "NL Films, the Dutch production company behind 'Taped', will exec produce the remake. Company is owned by Endemol and Alain de Levita, who produced the original film. Negotiations were handled by NL producer Sytze van der Laan. "We're huge fans of 'Taped' -- and believe that Doug and Lucy have just the right take on the material to adapt it for English-speaking audiences," said Columbia production prexy Hannah Minghella, who will oversee the project for the studio along with Jonathan Kadin." The original film, "follows a young couple vacationing in Buenos Aires who inadvertently tape the murder of an innocent man by a corrupt cop, forcing them to fight for their lives to escape."
The Asylum's latest haunted house spooker, The Haunting of Whaley House, officially announced the casting of cult icon Lynn Lowry. Lynn has been a fixture in horror films since she first appeared as a blood-crazed hippie in I Drink Your Blood and has gone on to work with George Romero in the original The Crazies and David Cronenberg in Shivers. Also the films composer has been locked in, and the sinister score will be provided by newcomer Graham Denman, who is looking to put a unique spin on things musically. Produced by The Asylum, The Haunting of Whaley House begins filming on March 4th for an anticipated late 2012 release.