[Toy Fair '12] Part One: NECA Nabs 'Prometheus' Rights, 'Walking Dead' Season Two Comes In Zombie Head!
While it's still unclear if NECA has anything new to show on the convention floor (other than a ginormous Ivan Drago prototype that I'd kill for), the toy company continues to work its way deep into our hearts with the announcement that they'll be releasing action figures based on Ridley Scott's forthcoming Prometheus, the prequel to Alien arriving in theaters June 8. It'll be nice to venture out of the gross AvP territory that was milked to death -- and it's about timer we'll be able to get our hands on a Space Jockey (and to think, they should be sized correctly). They also revealed that they've extended licenses for classic Alien and Predators, so clear more shelf room (this means it's time to sell those stupid McFarlane Toys airy Tale figures, hear me?) Anchor Bay is using Toy Fair to announce the second season of "The Walking Dead" for Blu-ray. The season comes featuring an exclusive zombie statue case created by McFarlane Toys, says MTV, who also p[provided a first look inside. Based on an actual television zombie bust designed by Emmy Award-winning Special Effects Make-up Supervisor and Co-Executive Producer, Greg Nicotero and KNB EFX Group. No release or extras have been announced yet. In addition, Diamond Select Toys has joined forces with Robert Kirkman to produce a new line of Minimates based on his "The Walking Dead" comic book series. Check out a promo images inside. From EMCE Toys comes the above "Working Stiffs" bobbleheads, along with the below pictured "A Very Scary Christmas" caroling cadavers snowglobe. They're also producing a line of cute plush dolls called "Shock Puppets" by artist Ophelia von Gray. Get more on their Facebook page.
We need to get through all of this EFM garbage so we can focus on today's New York Toy Fair. Everything seems to collide these days and muddles up the front page. It's a good thing we don't post every stupid thing that comes into our inbox or you'd never be able to tell what the hell was on the site. Enough ranting, back to berlin... Out of Korea comes Doomsday Book, an omnibus sci-fi project by two helmers. Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, A Tale of Two Sisters) tells of a robot working for a temple, while Yim Pil-sung follows an innocent young man who becomes a zombie! Check out a first look above. FilmNation has seen a stampede of deals for new Eli Roth earthquake thriller Aftershock, with deals struck for UK (StudioCanal), France and Spain (Wild Bunch), Germany (Universum Films), CIS (Top Film), Iceland (Sam Films), Middle East (Italia Film), Turkey (Aqua), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Indonesia (PT Amero), Malaysia (Dream Movie), Philippines (Multivision), Singapore (Dream Movie), Taiwan (Studio Solution Group), Thailand (M Pictures), Vietnam (Multivision) and South Africa (Ster Kinekor). US distribs are circling. Watch for that soon! Roth produces and stars alongside Selena Gomez and Andrea Osvart in the English-language thriller "about a group of friends who must survive the terrifying aftermath of a natural disaster, including the danger of escaped prison convicts." The film is currently shooting in Chile. UK genre specialist Jinga Films has sold all Canadian rights to Scott Leberechts urban vampire tale Midnight Son to Mongrel Media. Image Entertainment has acquired US rights with both distributors aiming to release in August 2012. Jinga has also sold US rights for Rhys Daviess Zombie Undead, Thomas Szczepanskis The Hunt and Andy Thompsons The Scar Crow to MVD.
From MTI Video comes the April 17 DVD release of Hells Labyrinth, which stars Leah Rose, Ryan Schaufler, Tylan Canady, Adrienne Rusk, and Nick Driessen. Directed by Drew Maxwell, "After being kidnapped, Kate Walker wakes to find herself trapped in a small chamber. She realizes she's not the only prisoner, as nineteen others share the same fate. Hunted by demonic creatures, the group must band together if they are to escape the hellish labyrinth and survive the onslaught." Hells Labryrinth was shot entirely in front of a green screen and boasts thousands of special effects created in Lightwave, Zbrush, and Apple Shack. Check out the art inside.
Starring Sophie Dee, Cory Jacob, JD Fairman, Shawn C. Phillips and Veronica Ricci, above you'll find the trailer for the new horror anthology Theatre of the Deranged, which arrives on DVD this June from Worldwide Media. "Andy the Arsonist welcomes everyone to his theater of derange for a wild night of thrills, chills and spills. Andy kick's off the night by hosting five short horror films from some of the best Horror Writer/Directors (James Cullen Bressack, Shawn C. Phillips, Liz Gilbert, Brian Dorton, and Creep Creepersin ) in the indie scene."
Now for sale at EFM in Berlin is the latest home invasion slasher, Replicas, which sees music video director Jeremy Regimbal at the helm. Josh Close (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Diary of the Dead), James DArcy (An American Haunting), Selma Blair (Hellboy, The Fog) and Rachel Miner (Penny Dreadful, The Butterfly Effect 3, Tooth & Nail) star in the pic that "follows a couple that heads with their family to a vacation cottage to grieve after the death of their youngest child. Not long after, they are visited by the Sakowskis, a couple with an unhelpful agenda." Close penned the screenplay. Check out the sales art straight from Berlin.
Sony Pictures Releasing Espana has acquired Spanish theatrical and DVD/VOD rights to Fin (The End), a hot property sure to land U.S. distribution soon. A mountain log cabin chiller with supernatural elements, End is penned by Cell 211 scribe Jorge Guerricaechevarria and Sergio G. Sanchez (The Orphanage). Maribel Verdu (Pan's Labyrinth), Daniel Grao (Julia's Eyes) and Clara Lago (Primos) star. In the supernatural thriller, "A group of old friends gets together for a weekend in a mountain cabin. Years have gone by and yet nothing seems to have changed between them. But lurking behind the laughter and stories is a murky episode from the past that continues to haunt them. A strange, sudden incident alters their plans, leaving them stranded and with no line of communication to the outside world. On their way for help, the group starts to disintegrate, just as a new natural order is unveiled before their astonished eyes." Now in post-production, it is also a high-profile 2012 example of a Spanish film which - given the weakness of Spain's DVD and pay TV markets - is designed to move into profit principally off theatrical and international. With its E5 million ($6.6 million) budget, film sports elevated production values from first-time helmer Jorge Torregrossa. We've also landed some of the first ever stills. Dig 'em inside!
Total Film posted this hilariously tiny version (seriously, it's kind of amazing) of the UK quad poster for Lionsgate's The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard's high-concept slasher premiering at SXSW before opening in theaters Friday, April 13. "A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. 'Cabin in the Woods' is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out." The pic was penned by Goddard and "Buffy" legend Joss Whedon.
Indomina Releasing recently announced that it's adding another horror-thriller to its release titles, Outcast, directed by Colm McCarthy, the gripping thriller will street via DVD and Digital On Demand on February 21 through Vivendi Entertainment, Indomina Releasing and Bloody Disgusting Selects. We've landed a gruesome exclusive new look at the creature feature. Click the still above for the entire new gallery! The critics are clamoring for Outcast, the black magic and witchery horror starring James Nesbitt (The Hobbit) and James Cosmo (Braveheart). Mary (Kate Dickie) harbors a dark history, but must confront her past when a hunter with magical powers (Nesbitt) is assigned to capture her and kill her son. As the terrifying cat-and-mouse game continues, locals begin to die at the hands of an unknown life force and a deadly fear takes hold.
A rep for Sony Pictures has confirmed to EW that Miley Cyrus is no longer set to voice Mavis, the daughter of Dracula (Adam Sandler), in the Sony Picture Animation production Hotel Transylvania. The studio had no comment on why Cyrus was leaving the film, and Cyrus rep did not immediately return a request seeking comment. It was reported last November that Cyrus had joined the production to play the teenage daughter of the famed vampire, who constructs an elaborate resort for things that go bump in the night as a way of protecting his daughter from the real world. The rest of the cast includes Kevin James as Frankenstein, Fran Drescher as the Bride of Frankenstein, David Spade as the Invisible Man, David Koechner as Quasimodo, Cee Lo Green as Murray the Mummy, and Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon as a pair of werewolves. Genndy Tartakovsky (Star Wars: Clone Wars) is directing the film, which is slated for release on September 21, 2012.
Marking the second major deal of the European Film Market, Alliance Films has snapped up U.K. and Canadian rights to Kate Hudson starrer Everly, which was just announced last week. Deal is estimated to be north of $1 million and saw a number of other foreign buyers at the table, notably eOne, which was also in the final running for the female-driven actioner. Nick Meyer's Sierra/Affinity has been shopping the $10 million actioner, helmed by Joe Lynch, to buyers here at the fest, which sees Hudson star as a down-on-her-luck woman, stuck in her apartment, fending off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss. Story is based on a concept created by Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Chillerama, Knights of Badassdom). Yale Hannon penned the script, which was featured on the Hollywood Black List. Pic, which is produced by Adam Ripp and Rob Paris' Crime Scene Pictures, also sold to Splendid for Germany, Switzerland and Benelux for just north of $1 million.
Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood Of The Wolf) is to make a new version of Beauty And The Beast, Screen Daily reports from Berlin. The film will star the great Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Out Day Will Come, Sheitan) and Lea Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds), and will be produced by Richard Grandpierre. Details of plot and what approach the new film will take are skimpy but Gans said: "Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, I will surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe." Principal photography will start on October 8. Eskwad is partnering with Pathe on the project
Celluloid Nightmares has picked up international rights outside Asia to English-language action horror Dead Mine, co-produced by HBO Asia and Singapore-based Infinite Studios, reports Screen Daily. "It tells the story of a group of treasure hunters who venture into the Indonesian jungle to search for gold looted by Japanese forces during World War II. But they find themselves under attack and trapped underground in a Japanese Imperial Army bunker." Directed and co-written by UK director Steven Sheil (Mum & Dad), the film stars cult Japanese action star Miki Mizuno (Bayside Shakedown), UK actors Sam Hazeldine and Les Loveday and Malaysian actress Carmen Soo. The film, currently in post-production, marks the first time that HBO Asia has produced a feature in Asia. Celluloid Nightmares will also represent Japanese rights. Infinite Studios, previously called Infinite Frameworks, is a production and facilities company which is constructing new studio developments in Singapore and the Indonesian island of Batam. Dead Mine was filmed on Batam, both on location and at Infinites sound stages.
Just in time for EFM, this is one announcement that's worthy of such press. DreamWorks and Working Title Films are embarking on a feature remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic mystery Rebecca, that will be written by Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight, who will go back to the original book by Daphne DuMaurier. "The story follows a naive young woman who marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, only to find that the memory of the first wife maintains a grip on her husband and the servants." The original, Hitchcock's first ever English-language film, was the opening film at the 1st Berlin International Film Festival in 1951!
Content announced today that Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz, the third installment of the Outpost franchise, will go into production on April 10. The film is set to shoot in Scotland and Yorkshire. Kieran Parker will direct the script penned by Rae Brunton. The cast includes Bryan Larkin (Battleground) as the lead Russian Dolokhov and James The Colossus Thompson Ultimate Combat World Heavy Weight Champion as The Berserker. The third Outpost will be an origin story with new baddies and Nazi Zombies cage fighting with Russian Special Forces! Content's Jamie Carmichael promise sit'll be "the goriest and most violent fight fest seen." Official plot: "In the third installment we'll discover the horrifying origins of these supernatural soldiers and see them in ferocious gladiatorial battle against the most ruthless and notorious of all military special forces: the Russian Spetsnaz.""
After being picked up by Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill Entertainment, a pretty boring poster has premiered for John Stockwell's shark thriller Dark Tide, which features Hatte Berry and those berries that made her so famous. It looks like they're selling it as a surf movie as opposed to a horror-thriller. And what's with the tagline - "In Shark Alley, courage runs deep..." - what the hell does that even mean? Wrekin Hill acquired U.S. rights and will release the Halle Berry-Olivier Martinez action thriller on VOD, electronic sell-through and packaged media. The distribution plan leads off with a three-week Ultra VOD window on March 8th with a theatrical release on March 30th, culminating in a packaged media and Digital Download release. In the film, "Kate (Halle Berry), shark naturalist and documentarian, has been reluctant to re-enter the water since the tragic death of her mentor. Once renowned for swimming with Great White Sharks without the protection of a cage, Kate now spends her days giving mundane wildlife tours. However, the surprise arrival of her old partner and boyfriend, Jeff (Olivier Martinez), convinces her to face her inner demons and get back in the water with the fiercest of predators." Dark Tide also stars Ralph Brown, Adi Shankar, Luke Stein, Mark Elderkin, Thoko Ntshinga and Sizwe Msutu.
With EFM ongoing our front page looks like someone threw up all over it, therefore we'll squeeze a few news briefs into this small edition of News Bites. Two time Oscar nominee Emma Thompson (Men in Black 3) is in final negotiations to star in supernatural love story Beautiful Creatures, reports Deadline. Directed by Richard LaGravenese from his own adaptation of the New York Times best selling novel of the same name, Thompson will join current Oscar nominee Viola Davis as well as newcomers Jack OConnell and Alice Englert.Thompson will play the dual role of Mrs. Lincoln, a small town religious zealot, and Sarafine, who is the dark witch who possesses her. Filming will begin in April in and around New Orleans. The site also reports that after a series of casting difficulties, NBC has pushed production on its "Munsters" pilot to June. The project, a reboot of "The Munsters" titled "Mocking Bird Lane," was written by Bryan Fuller, with Bryan Singer attached to direct. In even worse news, THR writes about Robert Kirkman, the famed comic book writer who helped create AMC's hit zombie series "The Walking Dead," has been sued by a childhood friend and collaborator who claims he is entitled to as much as half the proceeds from the lucrative franchise. Michael Anthony Moore, a fellow comic book artist, filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by THR, Moore says he was duped into assigning his interest in the material over to Kirkman, who has since gone on to fame and fortune. Moore, on the other hand, has received very little compensation and has not be able to access profit statements from properties including "Walking Dead," he says. Full story here. Speaking of "The Walking Dead," AMC has launched an online game entitled "Dead Reckoning" that plays out like a motion comic. "The outbreak has struck, but no one knows it yet. The chaos has only just begun. You are Shane Walsh, a small-town police officer. Keep yourself and your people safe from harm. You have two objectives: Prevent people from being killed or turned into walkers...and keep yourself alive!"
Taking cue from Fox's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is the indie Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, which is currently lensing in Savannah, Georgia. Bloody Disgusting was sent a handful of first ever images. Dig on 'em below! Written and directed by Richard Schenkman for Asylum, "When the brutal Civil War rages on, Abraham Lincoln must undertake an even more daunting task: Destroying the Confederate Undead!" The film is to be pre-sold at Berlin. The first pics below show Bill Oberst Jr. in full Lincoln-mode.
It was just teased by "American Horror Story" show creator Ryan Murphy that the forthcoming second season of the FX show would head to the East Cost into a "horror institution". While cast is yet to be set, and production is yet to get underway, below we already a pretty awesome old-school 3-D sales poster teasing the second season of the anthology series. Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange will appear in some capacity during the FX horror show's sophomore season. As for other returning actors, none of them will be the "Harmons" which means Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott or Taissa Farmiga are all long gone....
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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.