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Yang will adapt and direct the film, which is being set up at Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Hairun Films. The two production companies are in final negotiation with the owners of the original film Troika Pictures and WWE Studios for the remake rights.
“The Call” originally starred Halle Berry and was directed by Brad Anderson. It involves a 911 operator who takes a life altering call from a teenage girl and is forced to confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl. It was released by TriStar Pictures.
The remake will be the second picture, after “Mountain Cry” on a five-film slate being jointly produced by Vrpa and Hairun.
Also on the slate is “My Other Home, »
- Patrick Frater
HitFix's Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, which highlights the 100 greatest horror films of all time as voted on by over 100 genre filmmakers and experts, not only showcased the enduring power of No. 1 finisher "The Exorcist," it also cemented the status of the '70s and '80s as a Golden Age of horror (films released during those decades took up nearly half of available slots). The '70s and '80s, incidentally, saw the artistic rise and mainstream breakthroughs of both Wes Craven and David Cronenberg, horror icons who placed more films in the Top 100 than any other director (four titles each). Meanwhile, the list revealed one undeniably bleak statistic: only one movie in the Top 100 was directed by a woman. For me, the most gratifying moment of our Ultimate Horror Poll came when compiling the data was finally over, and I could take a step back and fully appreciate, as a reader, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Just weeks after winning his first Emmy Award for the final season of Mad Men, Jon Hamm has signed on to star in writer-director Edgar Wright's new action-comedy Baby Driver. Variety reports that Jamie Foxx has also joined the cast, which includes Ansel Elgort and Lily James. No details were given for Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx's characters at this time.
The story centers on a young getaway driver, dubbed "Baby" due to his boyish looks, who uses his own "personal soundtrack" as he strives to become the best in this illicit business. His life is turned upside down when he's coerced into working for a mafia boss, and, after a heist goes bad, he is forced to go on the run, putting his life on the line. The story is partially inspired by the music video for Mint Royale's Blue Song. Edgar Wright directed the video »
Ricky Church reviews Justice League #44…
Darkseid versus Anti-Monitor! A corrupted Superman versus Lex Luthor! Myrina Black versus Grail! This chapter of “Darkseid War” has it all—plus an ending that will change the League forever!
Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok once again pull the carpet out from the readers as they deliver a stunning twist in the climax of Justice League #44, part four of ‘The Darkseid War’. The war between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor heats up, drawing the Justice League in even more than they already were. It’s an intense chapter as they’re stuck between two gods and their armies fighting a very destructive battle.
The League is still split up with Batman and Green Lantern investigating the mysterious origins of the Anti-Monitor, Superman and Luthor still trapped on Apokolips and the rest of the League fighting against the two powerful gods. It could have been a tough juggling act, »
- Ricky Church
Every year, we here at PopOptiq celebrate the month of October with a series of articles we like to call 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list to 200 movies, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles.
Note: Since there are so many great horror films and so much to choose from, I am including documentaries, short films and animated films as special mentions in order to make it easier for me to decide what to include.
Special Mention: King Kong
The granddaddy of all monster movies is arguably King Kong. Decades after its release, no other monster »
Directed by Oz Perkins
Screenplay by Oz Perkins
USA, Canada 2015
There is a slowly emerging trend in the horror genre, that of the slow burn. One hears “it’s a slow burn,” more and more as the years go by. While certianly not originating in 2001, the term was certainly used for films like Brad Anderson’s Session 9, and one is almost guaranteed to hear it with this year’s February.
February begins its slow burn in an all girl’s boarding school, where we are introduced to Kat, a young and awkward girl who, while not explicitly discussed, seems to have some sort of developmental or social disability. When she is addressed by her teacher or priest, her responses are deeply thought out, and she is delayed on the uptake. In contrast, we have Rose, a pretty upperclassman who is socially deft, and easily manipulative. The two girls, »
- Trevor Trujillo
Additionally, JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist), Harris Dickinson (Some Girls) and Sawyer Barth (Black Box) have landed co-starring roles in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced project, which delves into the secrets lingering behind the façade of a seemingly idyllic suburban family.
Home centers on the not-yet-cast Rose Altman, an accomplished designer with a successful business who is expecting a child with husband Joe (Buchan), a highly regarded prison psychologist. »
Ricky Church reviews Justice League #43…
“The Darkseid War” event rages on as Batman takes a dark journey into the depths of Godhood and unlocks the forbidden knowledge of the DC universe! Meanwhile, arch-enemies Superman and Lex Luthor must stand together in order to survive, and Wonder Woman leads the Justice League in an offensive against the Anti-Monitor and Darkseid! But what is Grail’s true mission during this war-—and what is the secret she holds over Wonder Woman?
The choice between the lesser of two evils has been one Geoff Johns loves to play off of in many of his stories. Since the beginning of Forever Evil and Lex Luthor’s inclusion in the Justice League, that has been a strong theme throughout DC’s flagship title. This theme jumps into high gear in Justice League #43 as the forces of Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor clash on Earth with most »
- Ricky Church
Kerry Bishe ("Halt and Catch Fire") is set to appear in an episode of Showtime's new drama series "Billions". Bishe plays Elise, an alluring young musician who forces hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) to question his life choices.
The show, which premieres January 17th, stars Paul Giamatti as a savvy U.S. attorney on a collision course with the aforementioned hedge fund manager. [Source: The Live Feed]
TNT has picked up the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama pilot "Home" which was originally setup at Fox. Aron Eli Coleite wrote the pilot and will executive produce alongside Jonathan Littman and Brad Anderson who will direct.
The story follows a newly pregnant woman who has a successful business as an accomplished designer and a wonderful home life with her prison psychologist husband Joe and his two sons. When she discovers long-buried secrets, her perfect life is shattered. [Source: Variety]
Showtime has acquired the »
- Garth Franklin
TNT has picked up a drama pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer, Variety has learned.
The thriller, titled “Home,” was previously set up at Fox with then-chairman Kevin Reilly, who picked up the project at the cabler where he is now prez.
“Home” delves into the secrets lingering behind the facade of a seemingly idyllic suburban family. The series revolves around Rose Altman, a newly pregnant woman who has a successful business as an accomplished designer and a wonderful home life with her husband Joe, a highly regarded prison psychologist, and his two sons, to whom she’s enjoying being their stepmother. But when she discovers long-buried secrets, Rose’s perfect family and life is shattered.
Aron Eli Coleite (pictured below) wrote the pilot. The writer-producer’s past credits include “Crossing Jordan,” “Hostages” and “Heroes,” on which he served as a writer and producer for the majority of its four-season run, eventually rising to co-exec producer. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Director Brad Anderson (The MacHinist, Session 9) has not been in the spotlight lately, but that may change with his latest project. Written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), Anderson's next venture will be an action/thriller by the name of High Wire Act. As exciting a combination as those two are, the film already has two stars guaranteed to make heads turn: Rosamund Pike and Jon Hamm. The official... Read More »
- Sean Wist
High Wire Act takes place in 1980s Beirut as a Us diplomat gets recalled into service to save a colleague from the group that was possibly responsible for his own family’s death.
Pike plays a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy tasked with protecting the diplomat, played by Hamm.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Back in May, it was revealed that Jon Hamm and The Call’s director Brad Anderson were attached to a political action thriller called High Wire Act. Now we know that Rosamund Pike will also be on board. Written by Michael Clayton’s Tony Gilroy, the film is set in 1980s Beirut and finds Hamm as a former American diplomat returned to service to save an old colleague from the violent group believed to be responsible for his own family’s death. And he’ll have help from Pike, a CIA agent assigned to keep him alive and make sure the mission is a success.There’s still no sign of when the film might kick off shooting, as it’s still listed in development and both its stars’ schedules are relatively busy. Hamm is at work on Greg Mottola’s new comedy Keeping Up With The Joneses, and is »
After earning an Oscar nomination for her chilling portrayal of maybe-sociopath Amy Dunne in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has landed another role that may be worthy of her formidable talent. The actress has signed on to star opposite Jon Hamm in Brad Anderson’s political thriller High Wire Act, which boasts a script by The Bourne Identity screenwriter Tony Gilroy.
Set in 1980s Beirut, the thriller will follow a former U.S. diplomat named Mason Skiles (Hamm) who is called back into action in order to prevent the murder of a former colleague from the group that may be responsible for his own family’s death. Pike will take on the role of a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy, who makes it her mission to keep Mason alive and ensure his top-secret mission goes off without a hitch.
This is just one of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Rosamund Pike has found another post-“Gone Girl” project, opposite Jon Hamm in Radar Pictures’ political thriller “High Wire Act.” Brad Anderson will direct the Oscar nominee and former Don Draper in a script from Tony Gilroy, about a retired U.S. diplomat and CIA operative attempting a rescue mission in 1980s’ Beirut. Hamm will star as Mason Skiles, called back into service to save a former colleague. Pike will play the field agent responsible for his safety. Also Read: Rosamund Pike Thriller 'Return to Sender' Sells to Image Entertainment Mike Weber is producing with partner Ted Field and Gilroy. »
- Matt Donnelly
Set in 1980s Beirut, Hamm plays a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death. Pike plays a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy who’s tasked with keeping Mason alive and ensuring the mission is a success.
Pike is represented by CAA, United Agents and Magnolia Entertainment.
- Dave McNary
Rosamund Pike has joined Jon Hamm in High Wire Act, a political action thriller being directed by Brad Anderson. Tony Gilroy wrote the script for the project, which hails from Radar Pictures. Set in 1980's Beirut, the story sees Hamm as a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family's death. The British actress will play a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy who’s tasked with keeping the diplomat alive and ensuring the mission is a success. Ted Field, Gilroy
- Borys Kit
Midverse Studios's mobile game, Penny Dreadful: Demimonde, is currently in development and you can sign up for the beta version is going on now. Universal Cable Productions projects update and exclusive Frank Forte and Asylum Press prints are also featured in this round-up.
Penny Dreadful Mobile Game: Press Release: "Midverse Studios, a Silicon Valley mobile gaming company, announced that it is developing a game based on the Showtime hit TV Series Penny Dreadful. The new game called Penny Dreadful: Demimonde, will allow fans of the show to engage with their favorite characters and content from the series.
The game, under license by CBS Consumer Products, is currently under development and will be launched this fall for mobile phones and tablet devices. Penny Dreadful: Demimonde will be released via the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Kindle store, with a Facebook version of the game set to follow. »
- Tamika Jones
Dark Horse Comics has paired with Universal Cable Productions to produce at least four comic book TV shows, including Umbrella Academy…
Will we ever be finished updating our list of upcoming comic book TV shows? Probably not, and today we have four more to add to the roster. This is due to Dark Horse Comics’ decision to sign a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions.
Under this new alliance, four new shows have been put straight into development: Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook's Harrow County; Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's The Umbrella Academy (previously touted to be a film); Paul Chadwick's Concrete; and, an adaptation of Tom Vaughn’s feature script Back Up. That last one's the anomaly, seeing as no Dark Horse comics under that title have been published, yet.
Here are the official descriptions of these new projects, from the official press bumf…
"Emmy has always known that the deep, »
Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions have signed a first-look deal to develop and produce scripted programming based on Dark Horse’s expansive comic book library, along with new properties, the two companies announced Tuesday.
“Dark Horse Entertainment has an incredible roster of fantastical, witty and mind bending stories,” said Dawn Olmstead, exec VP of development, Universal Cable Productions. “Their brand has conquered multiple media platforms and boasts iconic books that have attracted the highest level of writers. It’s going to be a wild and imaginative ride.”
“As the landscape of narrative storytelling evolves, Dark Horse is thrilled to be working in the golden age of television with Universal Cable Productions. Their creative team has embraced the spirit of the Dark Horse brand and we’re proud to be partnered with them,” added Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson.
Among the projects currently in development under the deal are “Harrow County, »
- Laura Prudom
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