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'Preacher' Trailer: Seth Rogen Brings the Cult Comic to AMC

2 November 2015 6:43 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, AMC released the first footage from Preacher, with the full trailer debuting during tonight's episode of The Walking Dead. Today, we finally got the trailer for this highly-anticipated comic book adaptation during AMC"s "The Walking Dead Mega Sunday" event. Seth Rogen announced that AMC has issued a full 10 episode season order for Preacher.

Based on the twisted and popular '90s comic book franchise of the same name, Preacher, created by Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon, is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) embark on a journey to, literally, find God. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print - an immortal, unstoppable »

- MovieWeb

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‘Scary Stories’ Trailer: A Documentary on One of the Scariest Children’s Books Ever

31 October 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

For a couple years, an adaptation of the children’s horror book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has been in the works. Back in 2013, Saw scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston were set to write the screenplay, but last year John August was brought on board to start the project over from square one. […]

The post ‘Scary Stories’ Trailer: A Documentary on One of the Scariest Children’s Books Ever appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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AMC's 'Preacher' Trailer Teaser Reveals First Footage

30 October 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, Seth Rogen announced that AMC has issued a full 10 episode season order for Preacher. Today, we finally get our first look at comic book adaptation with a brief preview, before the full trailer arrives Sunday, November 1 as part of AMC"s "The Walking Dead Mega Sunday" event. During the all-new extended 90-minute episode of The Walking Dead, AMC will air the world premiere of the trailer for their upcoming, highly anticipated series Preacher, as well as the television premiere of the Into the Badlands trailer.

Based on the twisted and popular '90s comic book franchise of the same name, Preacher, created by Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon, is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an »

- MovieWeb

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Screenwriter John August on Scary Stories Feature Film

30 October 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

An update on the long in development feature film version of children’s horror classic. Remember Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Alvin Schwartz’s horrifying children’s books with illustrations by Stephen Gammell designed to shave at least three years off your childhood? Of course you do. And remember when Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the…

The post Screenwriter John August on Scary Stories Feature Film appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

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Tower Of Terror Movie In The Works At Disney

26 October 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Seemingly undeterred by the middling box office performance of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, Disney is dusting off the theme-park-ride-to-movie business model for another spin, after Deadline brings word that the company is plotting for a live-action film based on Tower of Terror.

Holding a reputation as one of the park’s most enduring and popular attractions, the House of Mouse has drafted in Big Fish and Frankenweenie scribe John August to cook up a treatment for the nascent project, with plans now in place to search for a a writer to take August’s framework and expand it into a feature-ready screenplay.

For the uninitiated, Disney’s marquee theme park ride crams a group of five into a claustrophobic lift which, after being struck by lightning, plummets into the dark and terrifying underbelly of the titular hotel. Old school in name and nature, it’s unclear whether the haunted house »

- Michael Briers

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Disney bringing Tower of Terror to the big screen

26 October 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As originally reported a couple of months ago, it looks like Tower of Terror is following in the footsteps of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion and Tomorrowland, with Deadline revealing that the Disney theme park attraction is heading to the big screen.

The site reports that Big Fish scribe John August is set to produce the film alongside Jim Whitaker, having developed a concept that will “center around five people who disappear in a fancy hotel elevator after the building is struck by lighting.”

This won’t be the first time that Tower of Terror has been adapted for the screen, with Disney releasing a TV movie of the ride back in 1997.


- Gary Collinson

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Disney's Tower of Terror Park Ride Movie Moving Forward

26 October 2015 12:23 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

After turning some of its amusement park rides into feature films, Disney is at it again with plans of making a new movie based on "Tower of Terror," which is one of the company's most popular rides. The ride is connected to the original "Twilight Zone" TV series and features an introduction by the late Rod Serling inviting park-goers to enter a hotel that has ghosts and dropping elevators. The ride also contains lots of references to actual episodes. The movie will have nothing to do with "The Twilight Zone," mostly because there was never an episode about elevators and because the TV series is not a Disney property. The story of the ride focuses on five people in a hotel, who take an elevator and disappear after being hit by lightning. "Big Fish" writer John August provided the treatment and Disney is now searching for a writer to turn it into a screenplay. »

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Disney Plans Tower Of Terror Movie

25 October 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Though the huge success of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise spurred at lot of theme park-based movies into development during the last few years, few have seen the light. Still, Disney – even after the disappointment with park-adjacent idea Tomorrowland – is lining up another possibility with Tower Of TerrorBig Fish and Frankenweenie writer John August has worked up a treatment for a potential film based on the attraction that sends you dropping into a terrifying art deco hotel with a lift struck by lightning and all manner of spooky goodness.But August won’t actually be the one to crank out the screenplay, with Disney instead starting the search for someone to expand upon the concept. It’s early days for the idea, so no directors are being approached yet. We’re just hoping that if the movie gets made, it goes all out with the old Hollywood style the ride embodies. »

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Tower Of Terror Is Getting Its Own Horror Movie Because Of Course

25 October 2015 8:08 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

No company owns more valuable brands and properties than Disney. The Mouse House boasts Marvel, Star Wars, Mickey Mouse and dozens and dozens more that the average person is very familiar with. In recent years, the company has focused on reimagining these culture touchstones, mostly to great success. So, it should come as no surprise that one of its most beloved theme park rides, Tower Of Terror, is getting its own movie. Not a whole lot is known about the specifics of the upcoming project, but we do know the Disney thumbs up came following a treatment written by John August. He's probably best known for his work on Big Fish, and apparently, he figured out a sweet way to adapt the popular theme park ride to the big screen. It'll, of course, follow travelers in an expensive hotel who lose their way, though exactly how much of »

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'Tower of Terror' Movie Reboot Planned at Disney

23 October 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Disney already developing a movie adaptation based on their theme park attraction Jungle Cruise, the studio is also moving forward with another theme park-based movie, Tower of Terror. Deadline reports that the studio is currently seeking screenwriters, who will write the script based on a treatment by John August. Both John August and producer Jim Whitaker took their idea to Disney, and the studio sparked to their take.

The attraction opened at DisneyWorld's Hollywood Studios in 1994, which is based on the anthology series The Twilight Zone. The attraction is set at the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel, where visitors step inside an elevator, where they're told stories about several people who have disappeared in that very same elevator over the years. The movie adaptation will follow a group of five people, who enter an elevator in a posh hotel. They all disappear after the hotel is struck by lightning. The »

- MovieWeb

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Disney Plans A "Tower of Terror" Movie

23 October 2015 4:13 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Disney is seeking a screenwriter to develop a feature film adaptation of "Tower Of Terror," one of its longest-running and most popular rides in its theme parks.

The story involves five people in a posh hotel who take an elevator and disappear after it is hit by lightning. "Big Fish" scribe John August has penned a treatment for the potential film, which is being dubbed a haunted house movie.

August will produce with Jim Whitaker. Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst starred in a 1997 TV movie based on the ride - the very first movie (TV or theatrical) to be based on a theme park ride.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Watch: Disney's 1997 'Tower Of Terror' Starring Steve Guttenberg & Kirsten Dunst; John August Hired To Pen New Film

23 October 2015 1:52 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Disney's penchant for turning theme park rides into movies didn't start with "Pirates Of The Caribbean" (though, that is when they began spending insane piles of money on such fare). Back in 1997, they made their first real attempt with the made-for-tv "Tower Of Terror" starring Steve Guttenberg and Kristen Dunst. Someone named D.J. MacHale wrote and directed the movie and didn't do much after, and the movie itself hasn't really lived on either. But the Mouse House will start over. Read More: Kirsten Dunst Says 'Midnight Special' Will Screen At SXSW 2016, Is Co-Writing A Dark Comedy She Plans To Direct Deadline reports that John August ("Big Fish, "Dark Shadows") has been hired to write a new movie based on the spooky theme park ride. There's no word yet on what the actual plot might entail, except that it »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Tower Of Terror’ Getting Movie Treatment; Venerable Disney Theme Park Fright Ride

23 October 2015 12:27 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Armed with a treatment by Big Fish scribe John August, Disney is now looking to hire a screenwriter to give feature treatment to Tower Of Terror, long one of the most popular rides in its theme parks. Jim Whitaker is producing this with August, after he and the A-list writer hatched an idea based on the theme park attraction and the studio sparked to their vision. The premise: Five people in a posh hotel take an elevator and disappear after it is hit by… »

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Disney developing a movie based on Tower of Terror theme park ride

7 August 2015 3:19 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

One of the best rides at Disney World in Orlando is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror over at MGM Studios. The ride, opened in 1994, sees you go through a hotel (with lots of Twilight Zone knick-knacks) before going into an elevator that plummets and shoots up and high speeds.

Well, it looks like Disney are looking to repeat their Pirates of the Caribbean success and make a movie based on that ride. The Tracking Board are reporting Jim Whitaker will be producing the movie, which is based off a treatment by Tim Burton collaborator John August.

Plot details are kept hush, but I’m hearing that the new take is very much in the vein of Burton’s style, presenting a more fun than scary family adventure a la The Goonies or Et, though retaining the inherent spookiness of the premise and injecting Burton-esque creepiness. The subject matter is »

- Luke Owen

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'Tomorrowland' Be Damned: Disney may be making another ride into a movie

6 August 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Because why Not make Disney's Tower of Terror ride into a movie, they're making Disney's Tower of Terror ride into a movie. Or at least, they're trying (allegedly). Ever since the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies made 9 billion gajillion dollars at the box office, Walt Disney Pictures has been searching desperately for their next amusement park ride-turned-blockbuster movie franchise, and the results have been...bad. They've been bad, you guys. I'm not going to sugarcoat this. Cases in point: "The Haunted Mansion." (Bad.) "The Country Bears." (Bad.) "Tomorrowland." (Bad.) But they're not giving up! Those intrepid Disney executives are going to find the next mega-hit franchise if it kills them. They are literally sweating over this. Pools of sweat, everywhere. They are drowning in it, people. Help Them. A few other things you need to know: 1. The project was first rumored in 2009. 2. Tim Burton's frequent screenwriter John August ("Big Fish, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Disney making film based on Tower Of Terror ride

5 August 2015 11:03 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Tower Of Terror theme park ride, based loosely on The Twilight Zone, is to be turned into a Disney movie...

One of Disney's biggest live action franchises came about as the result of one of its theme park rides. In fact, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies is currently filming, the fifth movie in the series, that's due to land in 2017.

Less successful was the film based on The Haunted Mansion, but let's not talk about that one.

Anyway, Disney executives have clearly been having a gander around the firm's theme parks, as they've resurrected plans for a film based on the Tower Of Terror ride. This is the one based in a rickety Hollywood Tower hotel in the 1930s, that in turn is based on The Twilight Zone. You're basically strapped in, sent on a lift up many floors, which them plummets. There's a good »

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Bret McKenzie, Michael Chabon Join Disney's 'Bob: The Musical', Starring Tom Cruise

29 July 2015 11:21 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

A couple years ago, my friend and I came up with the germ of an idea for a movie plot, centered on a man who -- after a near-fatal accident -- began to see life as one big giant musical and corresponded to this discovery accordingly, even when his perplexed local citizens couldn't understand his actions or point-of-view. Little did we know, though, a similar-minded movie was already in the works at Disney called Bob: The Musical. The in-the-works production focuses on an everyman who -- upon getting a nasty blow to the noggin -- starts to instantly hear the songs inside everyone's hearts as his life is turned into a musical. Mild jealously aside, I'm very curious to see what is cooked up here if it actually comes into fruition, which is looking more-and-more likely. Earlier this year, Tom Cruise joined the film to play the titular character, with »

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Michael Chabon Writing Disney’s Bob The Musical

28 July 2015 7:28 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy Bob the Musical, in which The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius may direct Tom Cruise, will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night. Additionally, Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets has been enlisted to write songs for the pic.

Bob the Musical centers on a regular guy who suffers a head injury after which he is able to hear the heart songs of everyone around him – much to his confusion and dismay. It’s been in development for more than a decade but recently got a shot in the arm when Hazanavicius, searching for a mainstream project to tackle in the wake of 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist, got involved.

As for Cruise, he’s still circling the lead role but has not signed on yet. The actor has flourished in musical »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’ Enlists Bret McKenzie, Michael Chabon

27 July 2015 3:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Songwriter Bret McKenzie and author Michael Chabon are joining Disney’s musical comedy “Bob the Musical.”

The project, in which a man suffers a head injury and can subsequently hear everyone’s inner song, is being produced by Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Jennifer Gibgot. “The Artist’s” Michel Hazanavicius has been attached to direct. “Bob the Musical” has been in development for more than a decade with script work by Mike Bender, John August and the team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.

McKenzie, who won an Oscar for the song “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets Movie,” is on board to write tunes for “Bob the Musical.” He also won a Grammy with Jemaine Clement for their “Flight of the Conchords” comedy album.

Chabon is in talks to work on script for the project. He wrote “Wonder Boys,” “Telegraph Avenue” and “The Yiddish Policeman »

- Dave McNary

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Crowdfunded Documentary In Development

27 March 2015 2:53 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Generations of readers have been spooked by Stephen Gammell's illustrations and haunted by Alvin Schwartz's words that are printed on the pages of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, but never before has a documentary examined the series' lasting impact. Until now. An Indiegogo campaign for a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary film is underway, and you can help bring it to life.

Started on March 18th and running through April 27th, producer/director Cody Meirick's Scary Stories: A Documentary looks to explore the history of the Scary Stories book series' publication, how the stories inspired artists, the censorship of the series and children's literature in general, and other topics. Meirick has already begun interviews for the documentary and plans on shooting throughout the summer with a planned winter release at festivals. The late Alvin Schwartz's family has expressed their support »

- Derek Anderson

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