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Shameless scribe, Latoya Morgan, late of Turn: Washington's Spies, has signed on to pen the second season of the Into the Badlands TV show on AMC. According to Deadline, Morgan has inked a two-year overall deal with AMC, to work on existing shows and develop new series. Morgan previously wrote for the Complications TV series, which was cancelled after one season on USA Network.
The Into the Badlands TV series cast includes: Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Marton Csokas, and Benjamin Papac. The second season of this futuristic marital arts drama, created by Al Gough and Miles Millar, should premiere on AMC in 2017.
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Rights to the project have also been acquired in Germany by Koch Media (theatrical) and Telepool (TV) amid strong international interest.
Produced by Hermann Florin for Florin Films and its Irish outlet Benrae Florin Films alongside Ailish McElmeel for Ireland’s Deadpan Pictures, the production is supported by the Irish Film Board and Eurimages with Global Screen handling world sales. Peter Rommel of German outfit Rommel Films is co-producer.
[caption id="attachment_48734" align="aligncenter" width="389"] Locke & Key image courtesy of Idw Publishing.[/caption]
To every lock, there is a key... Idw Entertainment is developing a Locke & Key TV show adaption. Locke & Key comics creator Joe Hill (Stephen King's look-alike son), aka Joseph Hillstrom King, will write the pilot and serve as showrunner. Hill will executive produce with Ted Adams and David Ozer from Idw Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion.
This is not the first time Locke & Key has landed in development. In 2010, Fox greenlit a Locke & Key TV series pilot from from DreamWorks TV and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The cast of that Locke & Key TV show pilot included Nick Stahl, Miranda Otto, and Sarah Bolger. The pilot screened in 2011 at New York Comic Con. Below, watch a trailer for the 2011 version of »
Idw Entertainment have announced that Joe Hill will write and executive produce a new TV series based on his acclaimed "Locke and Key" comics, this one likely to end up on a cable network.
The series, which ran from 2008-2013, follows three siblings who return to their family estate in Massachusetts after the gruesome death of their father.
Once there, they discover magical keys that grant special powers and open strange doors. Unfortunately, they're not the only ones interested in these mysterious artifacts, as a supernatural force is also after them.
Fox attempted a series adaptation in 2010 but the network opted not to pick it up. Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go") helmed the pilot while Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ("Fringe," "Star Trek") produced and the likes of Miranda Otto, Jesse McCartney, Nick Stahl, Sarah Bolger and Mark Pellegrino starred.
Universal then tried to adapt it as a feature »
- Garth Franklin
Five years after Fox passed on its pilot adaptation of Locke & Key, Idw Entertainment has announced its own plans to bring the comic book series to TV.
VideosWatch Fox’s ‘Lost’ Locke & Key Pilot Trailer
Most simply said, Locke & Key concerns a family that, in the wake of the patriarch’s murder, moves from California to Massachusetts. There, the mother and her three kids move into an estate called Key House, so as to be close to the deceased’s brother. Things then get very eerie as a set of unusual keys prove to unlock all sorts of unsettling discoveries within and round the manor, »
Idw Entertainment has announced that Locke & Key is finally heading to the screen, with Joe Hill set to write the pilot episode and executive produce a TV series based upon the acclaimed comic book series.
“I love this story,” said Hill as part of the announcement. “The seven years I spent working on Locke & Key was the happiest creative experience of my life and there still isn’t a day when I don’t think about those characters and miss visiting with them. The six books of the series are very like six seasons of a cable TV series and so it feels only natural to bring that world to the little screen and to see if we can’t scare the pants off viewers everywhere.”
“Having Joe at the helm of the pilot ensures that the series will hold true to the brand that fans around the world have come to love. »
- Gary Collinson
Happy May, readers! Hard to believe summer (and summer movie season) is right around the corner already, but here we are. The month is kicking off with a solid group of eclectic horror and sci-fi titles making their way onto Blu-ray, including two great films from Dark Sky Films: Emelie and Scherzo Diabolico.
This Tuesday, Scream Factory is bringing home the latest from Jim Wynorski, Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre, and for those of you looking to prep before the Independence Day sequel arrives in theaters this June, 20th Century Fox is releasing several new editions of the original film, including a badass Alien Attacker version.
Other notable releases for May 3rd include The Haunting of Alice D and Trailer Trauma 2: Drive-In Monsterama.
As their parents head out for a date in the city, the three young Thompson children immediately take to »
- Heather Wixson
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday’s episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, “Ruby Slippers.”] Once Upon a Time finally made good on its promise to include a gay storyline in season five, and it was an unexpected choice. Although Mulan (Jamie Chung) revealed her unrequited love for Princess Aurora (Sarah Bolger) in season three, she wasn’t the one in a new relationship in Sunday’s episode, “Ruby Slippers.” However, she did help make it happen. While Mulan is helping Ruby (Meghan Ory) find her wolf pack in Oz, they meet Dorothy (Teri Reeves) and help her try
- Alyse Whitney
Once Upon a Time kept its promise, but maybe not in the way most viewers were expecting. After showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis promised that the show would be exploring its first Lgbt relationship this season, most fans expected the sparks to start (or continue) flying between Mulan (Jamie Chung) and Aurora (Sarah Bolger). That, however, is not what ended up happening. Tonight, Ruby (Megan Ory) was able to bring Dorothy (Teri Reeves) out of a sleeping spell with the infamous true love's kiss, which was followed by much more kissing The episode, cleverly titled "Ruby Slippers," chronicled their entire relationship, from when they first met »
Directed by Michael Thelin.
A last minute replacement babysitter turns out not to be who she says she is when a couple leave their three children in her care.
Released as part of Icon Home Entertainment’s ‘FrightFest Presents…’ range, Emelie reignites the old ‘babysitter from hell’ genre that we have seen in many movies before but not in anything recent, so is it time for a comeback for a style of film that, when done correctly, offers up some real-life scares, especially if you’re a parent?
Could be, although it’s debateable whether Emelie is the movie to do it, despite the fact that it does manage to create some genuine tension before unravelling for an unspectacular ending that could have made the all the difference. However, for the »
- Amie Cranswick
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The world is going Into the Badlands. Earlier this month, AMC renewed the Into the Badlands TV series for a second season. Now, the marital arts drama is going global, thanks to a licensing deal with eOne. Variety reports that the deal will bring Into the Badlands to more than 260 territories.
A futuristic drama, set in a feudal society, Into the Badlands stars: Daniel Wu, Marton Csokas, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, and Alexia Ioannides.
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Press Release: On the heels of a successful theatrical run, Dark Sky Films proudly announces the May 3rd DVD and Blu-ray release of Emelie, starring: Sarah Bolger (In America, AMC’s Into the Badlands, ABC’s Once Upon a Time).
As their parents head out for a date in the city, the three young Thompson children immediately take to their new babysitter, Anna (Sarah Bolger, Into the Badlands, Once Upon a Time), who seems like a dream come true: she’s sweet, fun, and lets them do things that break all of their parents’ rules. But as Anna’s interactions with them take on a more sinister tone, the kids realize that their caretaker may not be who she claims to be. »
- Tamika Jones
Critically acclaimed horror film Emelie coming home. We are calling the Sarah Bolger starring thriller Emelie “acclaimed” because we personally acclaimed it! Read our review of this serpentine psycho-thriller here. And our interview with the talented Bolger here. After its brief theatrical run last month, Dark Sky Films is dragging Emelie home. The…
The post Acclaimed Psycho Babysitter Horror Film Emelie Coming to DVD/Blu-ray appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
For those of you genre fans out there always on the lookout for interesting horror and sci-fi films to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, March’s VOD selections feature several great indie movies that should make for some entertaining viewings this month.
Ava’s Possessions, a film I really dug out of last year’s SXSW Film Festival, is finally making its way onto VOD this Friday and Emelie, the babysitter thriller from Dark Sky Films, is also getting a digital release that day. Other titles arriving on VOD in early March include The Wave, Road Games and Camino.
The month’s VOD titles are being capped off by a film that I’ve been excited to see for some time, Baskin, which is being released by IFC Midnight on March 25th. Other notable VOD titles for March include Dudes & Dragons, You’re Killing Me, A Haunting »
- Heather Wixson
Director: Michael Thelin
Running Time: 80 minutes
Babysitting is the first foray into paid work for many teenagers. The task is simple – keep an eye on your parent’s / friend’s / neighbour’s kids whilst they disappear for a much needed date night. If you’re lucky you’ll be gifted with little angels who are either already asleep or put up no resistance to bedtime meaning the evening is spent watching TV, eating snacks, and easy money. If you’re not so lucky you’ll get a terror of a child, the one who insists that they have no bedtime and are allowed a bottle of coke before sleeping. These children make the job less fun, but what if it was the babysitter and not the child that was the problem? This is the question that new Frightfest Presents release Emelie raises. »
- Kat Hughes
Somebody wake up Princess Aurora — there’s television to be made!
Freeform is currently developing After, a drama series based on Rhiannon Thomas’ Sleeping Beauty follow-up novel A Wicked Thing, our sister site Deadline reports.
After imagines what Aurora’s life would be like after waking up from her 100-year sleeping curse. She has her prince, but her family is dead and her kingdom has fallen into the wrong hands. In order to regain control of her birthright, she’ll need to transform from a timid princess to a powerful warrior. »
Directed by Michael Thelin.
A couple’s replacement babysitter turns out to be more than they bargained for when she subjects their kids to a series of twisted activities.
Early on, Anna/Emelie (all you really need to know is that she is the babysitter parents have nightmares about leaving their children with) delivers a small speech on the power of pretending. Not only is it unnerving and genuinely creepy (it’s obvious she has ulterior motives), but it is also her method of home invasion; fake being a babysitter and accomplish one very sinister goal.
Emelie is one of the better, more tense-driven horror films to come out in quite some time, but unfortunately does not completely deliver on its promising premise, mostly falling into clichés and predictability during the second half. Thankfully, »
- Robert Kojder
The drama will return for a 10-episode second season that is slated to premiere on AMC in 2017.
The show delivered the third highest-rated first season in U.S. cable TV history, averaging 5.6 million viewers per episode.
“With its deep dive into authentic martial arts, the visually stunning ‘Into the Badlands’ proved to be unlike anything else on television,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Co-creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, along with a talented team of producers, cast and crew, brought us an artfully crafted series. We’re eager to return to the world of barons and blades and spend even more time with these compelling and evolving characters across an expanded second season.”
“We can’t imagine any other network bold enough to embrace a show like this, »
- Laura Prudom
Babysitters in horror films and suspense thrillers are typically fated to spend their time at the mercy of a sadistic killer — think Halloween or When a Stranger Calls — but once in a while these young ladies get the chance to switch things up a bit and become the evil threat themselves. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and The Guardian are probably two of the most well-known, but the sub-genre gets a youthful injection this week with Emelie. Dan and Joyce are the happy parents of three little kids, but they’re in desperate need of a break. Their night out on the town is threatened when their regular babysitter falls ill, but young Anna comes highly recommended so their plans move forward. What they don’t know is that Anna has been abducted by another young woman and her male friend, so when Dan picks up the babysitter it’s not Anna who he invites into »
- Rob Hunter
Emelie is physiologically disturbed — she’s demented, she’s enraged, she’s the possessed offspring of a fire-breathing dragon and Saoirse Ronan. She’s also "Anna" (a stoic, maniacal Sarah Bolger), a babysitter operating with a stolen identity for the sake of a fulfilling her bizarre quest. Her presence becomes a nightmare, especially for the three children held captive by her existential angst. Anna lectures the children about “pretending,” and how it’s a super power — but only when used in accordance with her direction — and that's not to mention her Sartre-approved affirmations concerning the inevitability of death. If you were thinking of leaving your children at home anytime soon, I wouldn’t watch “Emelie” beforehand. Director Michael Thelin balances folklore with a picturesque naturalism in his bewitching debut feature, thanks to the looming, eerie presence of his antagonist. It’s a fractured fairy tale with black humor (just »
- Samantha Vacca
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