10 items from 2014
What do you get when you cross chemical waste with beavers? The answer is the horror-comedy Zombeavers – and Hollywood’s latest viral phenomenon. The trailer for this film about (you guessed it!) zombified beavers has racked up almost 2 million views since it debuted a couple of weeks back. “It’s cool to get the validation,” says first-time director Jordan Rubin, who co-penned the film with regular writing partners Al and Jon Kaplan. “Once something starts getting up in the hits it’s interesting to see how people go, ‘Oh, we might have something here.”
So what was the “Eureka!” moment, »
- Clark Collis
2013's We're the Millers was a surprise smash hit comedy, grossing an unexpected $150 domestically and $270 millon worldwide. It followed the misadventures of a drug dealer who concocts a fake family to smuggle dope across the Mexican-American border. Original stars Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms and Will Poulter are all expected to return for the sequel.
No deals are in place just yet. And a director has not signed on. Rawson Marshall Thurber is expected to return to helm the comedy, but negotiations have not yet started.
Chris Bender and Vincent Newman are producing. Adam Sztykiel is best known for writing the 2010 comedy Due Date, which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in a cross-country road trip not unlike the one seen in We're the Millers.
New Line Cinema is developing a sequel to We're the Millers , which earned $269.9 million worldwide last year and was budgeted at just $37 million. The Hollywood Reporter says the studio has brought on Adam Sztykiel ( Due Date , Made of Honor ) to pen the sequel. Bob Fisher and Steve Faber and Sean Anders and John Morris were credited for the first film's script. Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter and Emma Roberts are expected to come back, but no deals are in place yet. Director Rawson Marshall Thurber will also return. Producing the sequel are Chris Bender and Vincent Newman. »
Zombeavers. It’s all in the title. And given that such a title excites us here at Dread Central (but not in a necrophilia-bestiality kind of way, we promise), we figured it was high time to sit down with director Jordan Rubin to get the skinny on his upcoming horror-comedy feature.
Starring Cortney Palm (Sushi Girl), Hutch Dano (Zeke and Luther), Peter Gilroy, Rachel Melvin (Dumb and Dumber To), Jake Weary, Lexi Atkins, and Bill Burr, Zombeavers was written by Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan, and director Rubin.
It revolves around three college girls who go on a carefree vacation of drinking games, topless sunbathing, and sexual exploration, only to find that their frolicking fun comes to an abrupt end when toxic zombie beavers try to eat them.
- Sean Decker
The European Film Market will be showing hundreds of films this year, throughout the month of February. One of the horror titles in appearance is the hilariously titled Zombeavers. This film crosses a plague with these vicious aquatic mammals. From the producers of American Pie and Red Eye (Chris Bender, J.C. Spink), a trailer is available for Zombeavers. The clip shows the usual college kids on a quiet retreat. However, something very unusual is waiting for them in the waters - Zombeavers! Drinking games and skinny dipping is replaced with terror and bloodshed. Watch at your own peril (and try not to laugh). Epic Pictures is handling sales for the film. And, distribution is sure to be found soon as Zombeavers blends comedy and horror in an effective manner. Release Date: Tba. Director: Jordan Rubin. Cast: Bill Burr, Cortney Palm, Hutch Dano, Jake Weary, Lexi Atkins, Peter Gilroy and Rachel Melvin. »
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Epic Pictures, the company behind the recent Big Ass Spider , has released the trailer for their latest bit of tongue-in-cheek genre entertainment, Zombeavers . The feature film behind the punny portmanteau is currently being shopped at the European Film Market in Berlin. Produced by Evan Astrowsky, Jc Spink and Chris Bender, Zombeavers is directed by Jordan Rubin and stars Cortney Palm, Rachel Melvin, Hutch Dano and Jake Weary. Zombeavers follows three college girls who go on a care-free vacation of drinking games, topless sunbathing, and sexual exploration. That is until their frolicking fun comes to an abrupt end when toxic zombie beavers try to eat them! »
An adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's beloved comic book series Y: The Last Man has been in languishing in development for several years at New Line Cinema, with filmmakers such as D.J. Caruso and Louis Leterrier once attached to direct. The last we heard about the project was in January 2013, when Dan Trachtenberg signed on to helm the apocalyptic adventure, but now the project is facing yet another hurdle.
"It's my understanding that the rights to Y: The Last Man will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn't start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be »
The story follows an ordinary man named Bob, who suffers a blow to the head that causes him to hear the inner songs of everyone he meets, essentially turning his life into a musical, although he is not pleased with this new gift.
We first reported on the project in July 2004, when Mark Waters was attached to direct from a script by Mike Binder. The project was stalled until December 2010, when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were in talks to direct. Matthew Fogel signed on to rewrite the script in December 2011, but that was the last we heard about the musical, until now.
Allan Loeb has been tapped to work on Bob the Musical, Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Bob follows a regular guy who, after a blow to the head, suddenly can hear the inner songs of everyone’s heart as his reality is instantly turned into a musical, much to his dismay. Photos: The Making of Disney's Animated Oscar Contender 'Frozen' The project has been in development since 2004 and has seen several writers, composers and directors come and go, including Adam Shankman and 21 Jump Street duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. But producers Chris Bender,
- Borys Kit
Screenwriter Allan Loeb ( Rock of Ages , Just Go With It ) is the latest name to board Walt Disney Pictures' Bob the Musical , says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter . The high concept project will also feature original songs from the Frozen duo of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Bob the Musical , most recently planned for Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct, centers on a mild-mannered man who suddenly hears the 'inner song' of people's hearts after being struck on the head. At this time, however, no director is attached. Chris Bender, Beau Flynn, J.C. Spink, Tripp Vinson and Jake Weiner are producing. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
10 items from 2014
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