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We've been busy busy with interviews, awards pieces, Silence of the Lambs anniversary, and more so we're way behind on film news. So let's get caught up with news, awardage, and random recommended links...
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Casting & Production
• Variety Amy Schumer trying her hand at drama. She's joined the »
- NATHANIEL R
Danny McBride is no stranger to stepping outside of comedy with Up in the Air, All the Real Girls, and more, but he’s now set to dive into something quite unexpected. The Wrap reports he’s in talks to join Ridley Scott‘s Alien: Covenant with Michael Fassbender returning and Katherine Waterston taking on a new female lead role. While the Eastbound & Down star’s role isn’t specified, the October 2017-bound films follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant as they come across a dangerous planet occupied solely by Fassbender’s David.
Speaking of Fassbender, after he dropped out of The Mountains Between Us and then Charlie Hunnam doing the same, 20th Century Fox is looking at a new lead. The Wrap reports his Prometheus co-sta Idris Elba is now in talks to star in the project, adapted from Charles Martin’s novel following a doctor and »
- Leonard Pearce
Time travel mini-series 11.22.63 doesn’t debut until next week, but you can watch the opening credits to the series now. Stephen King — who wrote 11/22/63, the novel on which the show is based — unveiled the titles sequence on his Facebook account today. The J.J. Abrams-produced series that has James Franco traveling back in time in attempts to save John F. Kennedy has an opening credits sequence with images evoking the infamous day of JFK’s assassination — the Lincoln Continental limo, the Texas School Book Depository, the rifle used to make the fatal shot — and key elements of King’s book, like Al’s Diner and the tapes Jake Epping uses to spy on Lee Harvey Oswald. It’s all connected with the classic determined detective red string — the truth of Kennedy’s assassination is a mystery to solve. Below, watch the opening titles, which features music written by Abrams (he »
- Emily Rome
Dark Sky Films has brought us films as diverse and bold as The House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers, and Stake Land. Joining that esteemed company is the recently released (and now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD) Convergence, in which a cop (Clayne Crawford, Swimfan, Jericho) finds himself trapped in limbo and must find redemption before he can escape. With support from veteran actors Ethan Embry (Vacancy, Once Upon A Time) and Mykelti Williamson (The Final Destination, Forrest Gump), the nightmarish action-horror film deals with weighty themes of religious fanaticism and atonement. We spoke with writer-director Drew Hall about his inspiration, beliefs, and symbolism.
Famous Monsters. Convergence is very timely since we’re in a period of religious extremism. Is that what prompted you to write the film?
Drew Hall. Yes. I grew up during a time period of very aggressive but non-violent anti-abortion protests. My family would take »
- Harker Jones
A few days ago, we learned that The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was temporarily putting his adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand on the back burner so he could work on a completely different Stephen King adaptation that wouldn’t make a movie studio’s accounting department weep. His new project is a film version […]
- Jacob Hall
Should he join, Jackson would play the role of Charles Jacobs - a minister who loses his wife and child in a gruesome auto accident. Distraught, he denounces God and religion during a sermon and becomes a faith healer fueled by his lifelong experiments with electricity.
Said experiments help a young musician named Jamie Morton (still to be cast) overcome his drug problem. Jamie soon learns there's side effects to Jacobs' healing process, and the experiments ultimately reveal something shocking about the fate of humanity.
"The Fault in Our Stars" director Josh Boone is helming the project which he decided to pursue after temporarily putting his adaptation of King's ambitious opus "The Stand" on hold. Jackson has previously starred in two King adaptations - 2007's "1408" and the »
- Garth Franklin
The Man in the High Castle is Amazon’s most streamed original show, and Hulu’s 11.22.63 is about to launch. Both take viewers to an alternative past, and it’s a format people can’t seem to get enough of, but why?
Counterfactual history is fun, provocative – and it’s enjoying a cultural moment. Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle television series, directed by Ridley Scott, imagines a world in which the Nazis won the second world war. Hulu, meanwhile, has a new series based on Stephen King’s novel 11.22.63, which tells the story of a time traveler who returns to the past to foil JFK’s assassination.
Related: The Man In The High Castle: Philip K »
- Noah Berlatsky
Dakota and Elle Fanning looked like they were auditioning for a role in a remake of Stephen King's "The Shining" at Wednesday night's Saint Laurent fashion show in Hollywood. It's a good pic, if only because they're rarely photographed together. The sisters are separated by 4 years -- Dakota's 21 and Elle's 17 -- but who can tell under all that eyeliner? Come to think about it ... a remake of "The Shining" would be totally awesome. Read »
- TMZ Staff
Samuel L. Jackson clearly has a thing for Stephen King adaptations. That’s because The Hateful Eight star has lined up his third cinematic role sourced from one of the author’s works. He appeared in 1408 in 2007, based on King's short story of the same name, and Cell, adapted from the author's 2006 novel, is set to premiere in the coming months. Jackson has been linked with a leading role in Revival, which was previously released by King back in 2014. Samuel L. Jackson is reportedly interested in the role of Charles Jacobs, a preacher who starts to experiment in the supernatural using electricity. The catalyst for these experiments is the death of his wife and children in an accident. Because it’s Stephen King, things only get more peculiar and morbid from there. While Charles Jacobs is not the lead character of Revival ( »
It was late last week when director Josh Boone pumped the breaks on his rendition of The Stand to focus on another Stephen King novel, Revival. Having already penned a script for the project, Boone’s adaptation is perhaps further along than many initially released, and now Entertainment Weekly reports that Samuel L. Jackson is in contention for a key part.
If EW is to be believed, The Hateful Eight star is circling the role of Reverend Charles Jacobs, a sinister and enigmatic character whose mere presence is enough to drive the residents of a small New England town to the brink of insanity. It’s a tragic role, too, given Jacobs loses his wife and child to a tragic accident, leading him down a dark role that results in dabbling with the supernatural.
First published in 2014, the official logline for Revival describes King’s thriller as so:
In a small New England town, »
- Michael Briers
Get ready to say goodbye to some of your favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix. The expiration list for February is full of nostalgic titles, from The Terminator to Blue Crush. While there are a lot of things leaving, there are also a lot of new things to look forward to. Keep scrolling to see what will expire in February and be sure to watch them all before they're gone. (Unless it's already too late, in which case . . . sorry.) Expired Feb. 1 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Asylum Bad Santa Benny and Joon Big Fish Blue Crush Classic Doctor Who: Collections 1-18 Crocodile Dundee 2 The Dancer Upstairs Daylight Doctor Who: Season 1-8 The Firm Fletch Gifted Hands Gothika The Hurt Locker The Naked Gun Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Rain Man Ray Secrets and Lies: Season 1 Sorority Row The Terminator Terms of Endearment Expired Feb. »
- Kelsie Gibson
Last year, Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer’s planned adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower dragged itself out of development hell, with Sony and Media Rights Capital picking up the ambitious project and setting Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) to direct.
In the past few months we’ve heard that Matthew McConaughey has been offered the role of the villainous Man in Black, a.k.a. Randall Flagg, with Idris Elba said to be up for the lead, the gunslinger Roland Deschain, and with the cast seemingly coming together, author King has told Rolling Stone that he believes the project is finally moving forward.
“It looks to me like it’s more likely than not it’ll happen at this point. Let’s put it that way. I can’t say with any certainty. I know that they’re trying to make deals with these actors [and] with Sony. »
- Amie Cranswick
For years, a cinematic rendition of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has languished on the brink of development, fast becoming one of the more prominent white whales that continually ducks out of sight before Warner Bros. can wrangle it into production.
In that time, a string of writers have come and gone, with the most recent development securing Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinker for the gig. As for the other side of the lens, things have proven tricky.
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From Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe to Breaking Bad fan-favorite Aaron Paul, numerous actors have flirted with a role in Warner’s genre epic; however, according to King himself, it is Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey that are closest to sealing a deal for The Dark Tower. Speaking with The Rolling Stone, the author remained coy about the specifics, simply saying that the adaptation is “more »
- Michael Briers
For those of you anticipating the big screen version of "The Stand," you're going to have to wait. Last week, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. option on the film rights has expired, and the project is now back in the hands of CBS Films, who can either go it alone, or find a studio to collaborate with. But director Josh Boone isn't going to wait around, and he's got another Stephen King project brewing. He'll be writing and directing an adaptation of "Revival," which is currently looking for a studio home. That process might be helped along by Samuel L. Jackson, who EW says is circling the lead role of Charles Jacobs, a preacher who loses faith when his wife and child are killed in a tragic accident. Here's the book synopsis: In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Whether or not we’ll actually ever see a big screen adaptation of the classic Stephen King tale It is debatable, but one thing’s for sure… it’s still on the table and being accounted for. Variety is reporting that the California… Continue Reading →
The post Stephen King’s It Redux Still Lurking in California Sewers appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
The California Film Commission has selected 13 feature films for tax credits worth $53.9 million in its latest round of incentives to keep production in California.
The films selected include Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born,” New Line’s “It,” “Annabelle 2,” Paramount’s “Dangerous Amusement Park,” Lionsgate’s “Latin Lover” and George Clooney’s comedy-drama “Suburbicon.”
The top allocation of $9.5 million went to “Overnight on 42nd Street,” followed by $8.9 million for “A Star Is Born,” which has Bradley Cooper attached to direct. “It,” the bigscreen version of the Stephen King horror-thriller, and “Bright” followed with $7.2 million each.
“Dangerous Amusement Park” was fifth-highest with $4.1 million, followed by Jean-Marc Vallee’s Janis Joplin biopic “Get It While You Can” at $2.6 million.
The latest application period was held from Jan. 11 to 24 and drew 174 applications — the fourth application period overall for the recently expanded tax credit program. The commission said the list of newly approved applicants »
- Dave McNary
Hulu’s new limited series 11.22.63 (premiering Monday, and airing weekly) goes one better – fashioning that circle out of polypropylene mesh, stretching it over a steel frame and turning time into a terrifically taut, fantastically fun trampoline.
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Out of the two legendary Stephen King projects that are in development right now, it looks like The Dark Tower has the upper hand in getting to the screen first. Though that victory is just barely won, especially after reading the recent remarks King himself has made about the film's fate. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Stephen King was asked for comment about the long gestating adaptation and its recent flurry of activity. Seeing as King is an author of the highest order, and known for taking audiences on a cryptic ride with some of his works, he wove his magic in the following status update on the project: It looks to me like it's more likely than not it'll happen at this point. Let's put it that way. I think that it's more likely than not that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will be in it. But I »
We’ve been talking about an adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series for so long that it’s hard to keep track of everything that’s been said. That’s why Rolling Stone went to the man himself to find out what he… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
As fans of Stephen King's fantasy series "The Dark Tower" have come to realize over the years, any reports about the long-awaited big screen adaptation of the novels can't really be believed. After all, this is the project that was dropped by not one, but two different studios, and has cycled through potential stars faster than you can say "Javier Bardem." So the latest reports, that the flick is due in theaters early next year, and both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are in talks to star, are also bogus, right?
Well, not so fast: According to King himself, there's hope that this movie version of his beloved books may actually, truly, finally be happening -- and yes, both Elba and McConaughey are interested.
That's the word straight from the author, who chatted with Rolling Stone in promotion of the new Hulu miniseries "11/22/63," which is based on his besteller. »
- Katie Roberts
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