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Unlike the previous film made in 1983, this new Twilight Zone will be one single story as opposed to an anthology. Since 2009, a slew of writers and directors have boarded and left the project, the most recent being Oblivion’s director Joseph Kosinski in 2013. Leonardo DiCaprio is producing with Jennifer Davisson Killoran through his Appian Way banner with WB. Lavaf was also involved in WB’s writer’s room for its Monster-verse and contributed to Godzilla: King of Monster‘s script.
Created and hosted by Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone originally ran for 156 episodes from 1959 – 1964, mixing sci-fi and horror elements with timeless cautionary tales. The series has been revived twice, in both 1984 and 2002. The first feature film included sequences from the original series remade by directors including John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, and George Miller.
- Ricky Church
The Twilight Zone movie is finally starting to see some forward motion with the announcement of Christine Lavaf coming on board to write the screenplay. The project has been in development since 2009 at Warner Bros. and has had Rand Ravich, Anthony Peckham, and Joby Harlold as previous writers attached, but this is the first major development for the movie since 2013 when it was announced that Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) was in talks to direct and that Anthony Peckham would be writing the screenplay.
Variety reports that Christine Lavaf will take over the reigns and write the newest screenplay for the "in development hell" Twilight Zone movie. Lavaf has recently sold three original pilots to FX, including I'Human with Nina Jacobsen's Color Force producing. In addition she was also in the writing room for Legendary's next Monsterverse movie Godzilla 2. She has also written or co-written Fringe: Tales From the Fringe for DC Comics. »
Warner has been developing the project since 2009. The last major development came in 2013 with “Oblivion” director Joseph Kosinski in talks to helm the project with Anthony Peckham writing. Previous writers have included Rand Ravich and Joby Harold.
“The Twilight Zone,” created and hosted by Rod Serling, ran as a series on CBS from 1959 to 1964. The show melded fantasy, science-fiction, and horror elements with Serling serving as the exec producer and writing or co-writing 92 of the show’s 156 episodes along with delivering monologues at the beginning and end of each episode.
- Dave McNary
It’s one of the drawbacks as life as a filmmaker: you can sink months or even years of your life into a screenplay that will never be sold or a movie project that will never go into production. Such was the fate of Ant-Man, director Edgar Wright’s take on the Marvel superhero; Wright departed the project in 2014, eight years after he began working on it with co-writer Joe Cornish. The film was finally brought to the screen by Yes Man director Peyton Reed; like David Cronenberg’s Total Recall or Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit, Wright’s Ant-Man became one of cinema’s what-might-have-beens.
Yesterday we brought you some comments from Alex Kurtzman, director of The Mummy, who responded to the critical backlash against the Dark Universe-launching reboot, where he towed standard the “we made it for the fans, not the critics” line.
Well, it seems that the fans haven’t responded to the movie as well as Universal would have hoped either, as Deadline is reporting that the film is heading towards a whopping $95 million loss for the studio.
According to the site, the total outlay on The Mummy – including production budget, marketing and distribution – was $345 million, while Universal’s expected revenue from theatrical, home entertainment and global TV deals is estimated at $250 million.
So far the film has grossed $375 million worldwide (but of course, that doesn’t account for exhibitor cut, which is as much as 75% in China), while the arrival of Transformers: The Last Knight this week is sure to »
- Gary Collinson
Not For Critics
It’s becoming a cliched response for directors, but Alex Kurtzman has played the “not for critics” card following the poor reviews for The Mummy. Although completely asinine, this isn’t the first time a filmmaker has fired back at critics for not liking their films, claiming they were made “for the fans” (which suggests that critics aren’t fans and that “real fans” will accept any old bollocks put in front of them). “I’m not making movies for [critics],” he told Business Insider. “Would I love them to love it? Of course, everybody would, but that’s not really the endgame. We made a film for audiences and not critics so my great hope is they will find it and they will appreciate it.” Read more here.
Landis Fires Back… Again
- Luke Owen
Director John Landis has been stepping up on his soapbox a lot as of late. Last week he trashed the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now he's set his crotchety sights on Universal Picture's Dark Universe. Landis has directed some of the most iconic movies in recent history including Animal House, American Werewolf in London, and The Blues Brothers, just to name a few. In addition, he also directed Michael Jackson's groundbreaking Thriller and wrote a book called Monsters in the Movies in 2011, making him the go to monster aficionado.
Jonathon Landis' passion for monsters was brought up when Entertainment.ie asked him for his thoughts on Universal's new The Mummy movie, which is also the first movie for the Dark Universe. Landis did not hold back and let his monster passion take over him. First, Landis drops some knowledge on the subject of monster movies. Read Landis' comments below. »
Legendary writer-director John Landis can be a divisive figure, but when it comes to ‘monster movies,’ his expertise is beyond reproach. Not only is he a world authority on the subject, but he also has a long-standing professional association with Universal, which is currently building its Dark Universe around monster movie remakes and re-imaginings. So, when John Landis says these films are disrespectful to their monsters, it’s time to sit up and take notice.
In his younger days, Landis worked his way up from the 20th Century Fox mailroom to become a director in his own right – making his debut in 1973 with Schlock, which was an homage to ‘monster movies.’ His long association with Universal began in 1978, with National Lampoon’s Animal House, and went on to include titles such as The Blues Brothers, Into The Night, Amazon Women On The Moon, Blues Brothers 2000 and An American Werewolf In London. »
- Sarah Myles
Director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, National Lampoon’s Animal House) is at it again. Last week he criticized the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while praising the Dceu’s first critical hit Wonder Woman, and this week he is dropping some harsh words on Universal’s Dark Universe that launched last Friday with The Mummy.
Speaking to Entertainment.ie, Landis made the case that the idea for a Universal Monsters cinematic universe is not new and that they aren’t respecting the actual monsters, stating that:
“It’s not a new idea. If you remember with Universal back in the ’40s, once they made all their classics, they started cross-pollinating. House of Dracula, House of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man – you know what they used to call those? Monster rallies! (laugh) And then of course, one of the great ironies is what was considered… »
- Robert Kojder
Over the last few years, the Royal Albert Hall has become the go-to venue for a remarkable array of film music concerts, be they live orchestra alongside viewings of a movie (such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, which I was lucky enough to catch last year), blending orchestral pieces with film related music concerts for franchises such as James Bond, or in this case a bevy of classic film score suites composed by the late, great Elmer Bernstein.
One of the signature film music composers of the 20th century, arguably able to stand on a podium with the John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith’s and James Horner’s of this world, Bernstein scored some of the most legendary pictures in Hollywood history, from The Ten Commandments through to Ghostbusters and beyond. Royal Albert Hall, in presenting a »
- Tony Black
It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for the horror haul, our weekly round-up and one-stop-shop for all things horror. This week in horror, the legal rights battle over Friday the 13th is poised to cause some complicated franchise fall out according to an in-depth new report, The Strangers 2 is taking cues from some 1970s classics, and An American Werewolf in London director John Landis has some thoughts on why Universal's Dark Universe is off to a rocky start. Elsewhere, American Horror Story: Roanoke is set to scare up a maze at Universal … »
- Haleigh Foutch
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, Venom, Fantastic Four, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Defenders, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans, Avengers: Secret Wars, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Batgirl, Batman, Batman & Robin, Batman vs. Two-Face, Shadowman, Gotham, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and more…
…There’s less than three weeks to go before the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swings back into cinemas for the Marvel and Sony-produced reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming, and according to tracking estimates, the film is looking to debut with a domestic opening weekend in the region of $90 million to $108 million. That would surpass both Amazing Spider-Man movies ($62 million and $91.6 million) and Spider-Man 2 ($88 million), but put it below Spider-Man ($114.8 million) and Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million). And should »
- Gary Collinson
Kong: Skull Island star Terry Notary told the press a few months ago that he was playing Thanos’ right hand man in Avengers: Infinity War, but a new report from McU Exchange has details on The Mad Titan’s Black Order. According to the site, The Black Order won’t stick strictly to the source material, but will instead tie into Nebula’s line from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: “You are a disappointment sister; out of all our siblings, I hated you least.” Read more here.
Landis Hates Marvel
Someone who probably won’t be seeing Avengers: Infinity War is An American Werewolf in London director John Landis, who threw some shade at the McU in a recent interview. “Truthfully, I’m bored shitless with the Marvel Universe now,” Landis told entertainment.ie. “All the superhero movies tend to be interchangeable, you always have these »
- Luke Owen
John Landis’ An American Werewolf In London is a seminal monster movie classic, fit with a style that mixes camp humor with terrifying horror, featuring make-up work from Rick Baker that’s as sure to entrance you as it is to haunt your dreams. In short, he has some clout when it comes to talking about movie monsters, and recently he had some thoughts about the newly released The Mummy, and the... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
21st edition of the genre festival to feature special screening of Luc Besson’s Valerian.
Fantasia International Film Festival has unveiled its first wave of titles for its upcoming 21st edition, running July 13-August 2 in Montreal.
This year’s festival will open with the North American premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s Cannes title The Villainess, followed by the North American premiere of Takashi Miike’s manga adaptation JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable.
Fantasia will screen more than 130 feature films in 2017, including the world premieres of Géla Babluani’s Money Money, Ryan Prows’ Lowlife, Ted Geoghegan’s Mohawk and Gabriela Amaral Almeida’s Friendly Beast.
Other notable titles announced in the first wave include Cho Sun-ho’s A Day, Federico Cueva’s You Only »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Director John Landis (best known for the likes of National Lampoon’s Animal House and The Blues Brothers) was recently put on the spot to give his thoughts on the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he did not hold back on his true feelings.
“I’m just… truthfully, I’m bored shitless with the Marvel Universe now,” Landis told entertainment.ie. “All the superhero movies tend to be interchangeable, you always have these mass destruction of cities and huge computer-generated extravaganzas to the point where you could take a reel from any of the Marvel superhero movies and put it any of the others and nobody would notice. They’re very well-made, it’s just they’re the same thing over and over again. But, I don’t know, people are showing up. One of the reasons Wonder Woman has been received so well by the critics »
- Robert Kojder
Do you like shared universes? Well, you’d better. Because in today’s day and age it’s almost impossible to escape them. Sure, we still have more indie flicks and original ideas than ever before, but there’s no denying that the theater is packed to the brim with shared universes. We have the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, the MonsterVerse, the Dark Universe, and even the Cloverfield universe.
In all honesty, it’s a pretty cool idea, but it can still feel a bit overwhelming to those who are looking for blockbusters that don’t necessarily feel the pressure to lead up to or connect with something else. I know what you’re thinking. “What does John Landis think of shared universes?” Oh, you weren’t? Well, regardless, speaking to the Irish Times, when asked about his thoughts on shared universes, he was quick to point out one thing. »
- Joseph Medina
It's certainly hard to discount the enormous success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has released 15 hit movies over the past nine years with varying degrees of success, although none of their movies are considered total flops by any means. The McU's latest movie, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, is both a critical hit (81% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a commercial hit ($823.3 million worldwide), much like most of the other McU movies, but the franchise certainly has no shortage of detractors. One of those is legendary director John Landis, who bluntly stated that he's "bored s--tless" with the franchise in a new interview. Here's what he had to say, when asked his thoughts about shared universe's as a whole, and why Wonder Woman was received so well.
"I'm just... truthfully, I'm bored shitless with the Marvel Universe now. All the superhero movies tend to be interchangeable, you always have these mass »
Wonder Woman is unquestionably the movie of the moment, but when you take a step back and look at the larger film industry, Marvel Studios is still sitting pretty. They already released Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to great acclaim last month, they have Spider-Man: Homecoming (which is technically a Sony release) coming out soon, and the […]
- Ben Pearson
This past weekend, Universal kicked off their Dark Universe by releasing The Mummy, the first in a planned shared universe. The film didn’t do to well, especially considering the marketing push it received and that it was led by Tom… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
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