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‘Escape From New York’ Remake Writer Says John Carpenter Approves of ‘Challenging’ Script

‘Escape From New York’ Remake Writer Says John Carpenter Approves of ‘Challenging’ Script
Screenwriter Neil Cross is best known to many for his contributions to the small screen, including creating the Idris Elba-starring drama “Luther,” penning a handful of “Doctor Who” episodes, and building out the brand-new series “Hard Sun” (an upcoming crime drama starring Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess), but he’s also got one heck of a film assignment filling his time, too. Cross, who also wrote the screenplay for Andy Muschietti’s “Mama” remake, is next on deck to pen the script for the long-simmering “Escape From New York” remake. It’s a gig he doesn’t seem to be taking lightly.

In a wide-ranging interview over at Deadline, Cross updates the status on his “challenging” script, offering up a very important seal of approval: that of original director and screenwriter John Carpenter.

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“It was quite a challenging script,
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Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Day 8: Over 100 Horror and Sci-Fi Themed Enamel Pins

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Welcome back, readers, for another installment of Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! For day eight, we are going all in on enamel pins, simply because there are so many amazing designs out there and it was hard to narrow down the list. That being said, here’s a list of over 100 horror and sci-fi themed enamel pins that we discovered online, and we guarantee there’s absolutely something for every genre fan out there, so if you need some stocking stuffer or holiday gift ideas, look no further!

Do keep in mind that in most cases, what you see below is only a partial listing of each site’s inventory, so I recommend digging around each online store for all kinds of goodies, because there are some truly amazing enamel pin designs out there (I could have easily done a list of 200, but my sanity won out).

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Dances With Films 2017 Interview: Director Adam Ripp on Devil’S Whisper

This weekend marks the final days of the 2017 Dances With Film festival being held at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. Later tonight, director Adam Ripp’s supernaturally themed thriller Devil’s Whisper will be enjoying its world premiere at the historic cinema.

Ripp is no stranger to the world of indie filmmaking, as he’s produced movies like Joe Lynch’s Everly and Gambit, and has both directed and produced in the world of television. His newest project follows a teenager named Alex (Luca Oriel) who crosses paths with a mysterious box containing a demonic presence, and he mistakenly unleashes the sinister spirit, which wreaks havoc on Alex’s life and forces him to confront the evil that looks to consume his very soul.

During our interview, Ripp discussed the inspiration behind his approach to Devil’s Whisper, finding Oriel for his lead, and more.

I would love to
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John Carpenter Successfully Sues Luc Besson For Plagiarism

They say there is nothing new under the sun, but there is surely a difference between homage and plagiarism. That is the lesson dispensed this week by a Paris appeals court, which has ruled that Luc Besson, his EuropaCorp production company, and the co-writers/directors of the 2012 film Lockout (Stephen St. Leger and James Mather) plagiarized 1981’s Escape From New York.

This is the second ruling in the case. At the end of 2015, the court found in favour of Carpenter and his team, and awarded them $95,000. Carpenter’s camp had originally asked for $2.4 million. Besson’s team filed an appeal, however, and lost again. The result of this final ruling is that Luc Besson and his filmmaking associates must now pay over $500,000 to John Carpenter, his co-writer Nick Castle, and the production company StudioCanal.

Escape From New York is a fan favourite action adventure film starring Kurt Russell. It is
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John Carpenter Wins Escape from New York Plagiarism Lawsuit Against Luc Besson

John Carpenter Wins Escape from New York Plagiarism Lawsuit Against Luc Besson
Do you remember the 2012 thriller Lockout from producer Luc Besson? While it may have slipped fairly quickly out of the public consciousness, John Carpenter certainly hasn't forgotten about it. And how could he? The movie has now been proven in court to be an almost exact replica of his 1981 cult classic Escape From New York, which introduced Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken.

Luc Besson has been ordered to pay John Carpenter half a million dollars after being found guilty of plagiarism, with the court ruling that Lockout directly ripped off the story in Escape From New York. Besson originally denied that his film was a copycat. In the original Escape From New York, New York's Manhattan Island has become a prison that houses the country's worst criminals. Snake is tasked with breaking in to save the president, whose plane has crashed within the borders of this massive walled off compound.
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Newswire: Luc Besson is pretty much paying for John Carpenter’s retirement at this point

2012’s fun-but-dumb sci-fi caper Lockout is becoming an increasingly expensive movie for co-writer and producer Luc Besson, who was forced last year by a French court to pay director John Carpenter for ripping off Escape From New York with the plot of the Guy Pearce-starring film. Back then, the amounts levied against Besson’s EuropaCorp production company were relatively minor—80,000 euros in all, split between Carpenter, his co-writer Nick Castle, and the film’s rights holder—but the appeals process has caused the bill to steadily pile up.

According to Deadline, a judge ruled today that Besson and company now owe 450,000 euros—roughly $500,000—to Carpenter for the now-legally plagiarized film, which sees Guy Pearce play the “athletic, rebellious, and cynical hero” type that Carpenter apparently owns in perpetuity. That’s a lot of potential funding for the director’s ongoing, keyboard-heavy music tours ...
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Luc Besson found guilty of plagiarising John Carpenter's 'Escape from New York'

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Luc Besson found guilty of plagiarising John Carpenter's 'Escape from New York'
Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production company are out $500,000 (or 450,000 euros) following a ruling in a French appeals court Friday that the writer/director had plagiarized John Carpenter's Escape from New York with his 2012 sci-fi actioner Lockout, Deadline reports. The judgment, which found that Lockout "massively borrowed key elements" from Carpenter's 1981 cult classic, came down after Besson appealed an initial court ruling that ordered he and the film's co-writers and directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to pay Carpenter, screenwriter Nick Castle and Escape from New York rights-holder StudioCanal a measly $95,000 (or 85,000 euros). Whoops! Carpenter sought $3.3 million in his original suit, alleging Besson (who wrote Lockout's story and co-wrote the film's script in addition to producing the film) copied his 1981 hit and its 1996 sequel Escape from L.A. with its plot about a wrongly-convicted former CIA agent (Guy Pearce) who is offered his freedom if he can successfully rescue the U.
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John Carpenter Wins Second Round of Plagiarism Case vs. Luc Besson Over ‘Lockout’

John Carpenter Wins Second Round of Plagiarism Case vs. Luc Besson Over ‘Lockout’
Rome — A Paris appeals court on Friday found French director-producer Luc Besson guilty of plagiarizing John Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic “Escape from New York” with the 2012 space-set movie “Lockout.”

The court ordered his EuropaCorp production company to pay 450,000 Euros ($502,000) in damages to the U.S. horror helmer, according to a report on French news service Bfmtv.

Besson, who is France’s most international director and recently drew applause at Comic-Con with footage of his big-budget sci-fier “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” had denied the charge. The suit was brought by Carpenter and his “Escape” co-writer Nick Castle in 2014.

Besson did not direct “Lockout.” He co-wrote it with Stephen Saint Leger and James Mather, who co-directed it. His EuropaCorp produced the film at the center of the plagiarism suit.

There was no comment from EuropaCorp on Friday.

The court ruled that “Lockout” had “massively borrowed key elements” of “Escape,
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Luc Besson Found Guilty of Plagiarizing ‘Lockout’ From John Carpenter’s ‘Escape From New York’

Luc Besson Found Guilty of Plagiarizing ‘Lockout’ From John Carpenter’s ‘Escape From New York’
An appeals court has ruled that French filmmaker Luc Besson is guilty of plagiarizing from John Carpenter’s 1981 classic “Escape From New York” and must now pay the fellow filmmaker nearly half a million dollars.

As Yahoo reports, Besson has long denied that his 2012 thriller, “Lockout,” was a copy of Carpenter’s Kurt Russell-starring actioner. In Carpenter’s film, Russell plays a former government agent who is tasked with retrieving the U.S. president from the island of Manhattan — which has been turned into a massive prison — after his plane crashes there (thanks, Air Force One, thanks a lot). In “Lockout,” Pearce is a convict sent to a giant space jail who is given the chance to win back his freedom if he can rescue the U.S. president’s daughter, who is trapped in said giant space jail.

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Great Job, Internet!: Listen to John Carpenter’s scarily fun rock ’n’ roll record from 1985

It’s been said that every musician wants to be a filmmaker and every filmmaker wants to be a musician. John Carpenter has been doing both for over 40 years, taking on writing, directing, and composing duties for most of his films. Carpenter is currently playing rock star, on tour promoting his two Lost Themes records, playing rearranged versions of his classic film themes to sold-out audiences around the world. In 1985, the horror master recorded an album’s worth of material alongside Nick Castle (the original Michael Myers) and Tommy Lee Wallace, who worked as production designer and editor on 1978’s Halloween before going on to write and direct the Carpenter-produced Halloween III: Season Of The Witch. Recorded as The Coupe De Villes, Waiting Out The Eighties was never meant to be officially released and only given out to friends and family. Well, one of those friends and ...
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The Boy screenwriter to pen Dennis the Menace remake

Variety is reporting that screenwriter Stacey Menear (Mixtape, The Boy) to pen the script for a remake of Dennis the Menace, which is being produced by Gil Netter (The Blind Side, Life of Pi).

Created by Hank Ketcham as a syndicated U.S. comic strip in 1951 – and not to be confused with the Beano character of the same name, Dennis the Menace spawned a live-action TV show in the 1950s, along with two animated series and a 1987 TV movie.

In 1993, the character made his big screen debut courtesy of director Nick Castle and writer-producer John Hughes, with a movie starring Mason Gamble as Dennis and Walter Matthau as the grumpy neighbour Mr. Wilson.
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‘Dennis the Menace’ Remake Lands Writer (Exclusive)

‘Dennis the Menace’ Remake Lands Writer (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. has hired “The Boy” screenwriter Stacey Menear to write the script for its remake of “Dennis the Menace,” Variety has learned.

The project is being produced by Gil Netter. There are no directors or actors attached.

Dennis the Menace” was originally launched by Hank Ketcham as a syndicated comic strip in 1951, inspired by Ketcham’s four-year-old son Dennis and his penchant for mischief. The name was inspired by his wife Alice, who said at the time, “Your son is a menace!”

The strip led to a 1959 sitcom and a 1993 live-action movie, starring Mason Gamble and Walter Matthau as the grumpy neighbor George Mitchell. “Dennis the Menace,” directed by Nick Castle from a script by John Hughes, performed solidly at the box office from Warner Bros. with $51 million domestically and $66 million overseas.

The Boy” has grossed $36 million domestically for STX.

Menear also wrote coming-of-age drama “Mixtape,” which won the
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The Last Starfighter

Lance Guest plays a teen obsessed with an arcade game named “Starfighter” that turns out to be an intergalactic training vehicle. Thanks to his high scores, he’s whisked away by avuncular alien Robert Preston to join other warriors in protecting his home planet. Director Nick Castle (best known for portraying Michael Meyers in Halloween) was one of the first directors to make extensive use of CGI and that, combined with its Archie Andrews in Space storyline, helped make the film a modest hit that would gain a substantial afterlife due to its ubiquitous presence on early cable broadcasts.
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John Carpenter wins plagiarism lawsuit over Luc Besson thriller Lockout

Luc Besson’s (Lucy) production company Europacorp has been ordered by a French court to pay €80,000 in damages after John Carpenter (Halloween) filed a lawsuit claiming that Besson-produced thriller Lockout infringed the copyright of his own Escape From New York.

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Lockout, which received predominantly negative reviews on release, was often compared unfavourably to Carpenter’s 80s thriller.

A report from French legal publishers Légipresse said that the courts had “noted many similarities” between the two films.

They said: “Both presented an athletic, rebellious and cynical hero, sentenced to a period of isolated incarceration – despite his heroic past – who is given the offer of setting out to free the President of the United States or his daughter held hostage in exchange for his freedom; he manages, undetected,
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John Carpenter sues Luc Besson for Lockout's similarities to Escape From New York... and wins!

John Carpenter sues Luc Besson for Lockout's similarities to Escape From New York... and wins!
Did you notice similarities between Luc Besson's action thriller Lockout and John Carpenter's post-apocalyptic classic Escape from New York?

John Carpenter definitely did - so he sued Besson, his co-writers Stephen Saint Leger and James Mather, as well as production company EuropaCorp for copyright infringement in France.

In Lockout, a criminal goes on a near-suicide mission to rescue the president's daughter from a heavily armed no-man's land. Sound familiar?

A French court undertook an extensive examination of both screenplays and subsequently ruled in Carpenter's favour, according to Observatoire européen de l'audiovisue.

Among the similarities between the two films, the court listed: "A number of elements present in both New York 1997 [French name for Escape from New York] and Lock-Out could, in fact, be considered as stock elements in the cinema.

"The court nevertheless noted many similarities between the two science-fiction films: both presented an athletic, rebellious and cynical hero, sentenced to a period of
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John Carpenter Wins Plagiarism Case vs. Luc Besson Over ‘Lockout’

John Carpenter Wins Plagiarism Case vs. Luc Besson Over ‘Lockout’
Madrid – In a May 7 ruling made public Thursday, a Paris regional court has sided with John Carpenter and Studiocanal, finding Luc Besson and “Lockout” co-writers Stephen St. Leger and James Mather guilty of having plagiarized Carpenter’s “Escape From New York.”

EuropaCorp, Besson’s high-flying studio, told French newspaper Liberation that it has appealed the ruling. And the fine will hardly dent EuropaCorp’s sturdy bottom-line: the Paris and L.A-based company is sentenced to pay €20,000 ($22,800) to Carpenter, €10,000 ($11,400) to screenwriter Nick Castle and €50,000 ($57,000) to “Escape from New York” rights holder Studiocanal.

In an analysis of the court’s finding by Amelie Blocman published by the European Audiovisual Observatory and widely referenced in the French press, the court “noted many similarities between the two science-fiction films: Both presented an athletic, rebellious and cynical hero, sentenced to a period of isolated incarceration – despite his heroic past – who is given the offer of
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'Escape from New York' Remake to Be Written by 'Luther' Creator

'Escape from New York' Remake to Be Written by 'Luther' Creator
20th Century Fox's Escape from New York remake has been gestating for a while, but now it is officially moving forward with a script from the creator of hit BBC crime series Luther. Neil Cross has been tasked with creating the foundation for a reboot that is comparable to 20th Century Fox's Rise of the Planet of the Apes franchise, which continues in 2017 with War of the Planet of the Apes. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing this revamped version of Escape from New York.

Escape from New York is in development under The Picture Co. banner. The movie will be based on John Carpenter's seminal 1980 cult hit of the same name. The genre director co-wrote the original screenplay with Nick Castle. The story follows Kurt Russell's iconic character S.D. Bob "Snake" Plissken. It is set in an apocalyptic future where Manhattan has been turned into an island-sized maximum security prison.
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Luther's Neil Cross Writing Latest Escape From New York Draft

Luther's Neil Cross Writing Latest Escape From New York Draft
The saga of the studios’ attempt to bring a new version of John Carpenter’s cult classic Escape From New York is one littered with rejected scripts, unused casting ideas and different companies taking an interest. 20th Century Fox took charge back in January and is now pinning its hopes on Luther writer Neil Cross to deliver a script.Having passed through the likes of New Line, the remake’s position at Fox is evidence that the studio is hoping to turn this one into a new franchise, much in the way that the Planet Of The Apes films sprang back into life with Rise and continued to stonking effect with Dawn.Exactly what spin Cross will be putting on the story remains to be seen: the dystopian future action original, which Carpenter wrote with Nick Castle, starred Kurt Russell as the iconic one-eyed anti-hero Snake Plissken, coerced into venturing
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Review: Lead-footed 'Pan' smothers the whimsy with a wrong-headed script

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Review: Lead-footed 'Pan' smothers the whimsy with a wrong-headed script
Why is it so hard to make a good Peter Pan film? By my count, there's one great film version of the story, and it's not the Disney version. Maybe the problem can be best summed up by noting that when Pj Hogan released his version in 2003, there were several critics who clutched their pearls and freaked out and acted nervous about the way the story's subtext threatened to become text. Why? Because he told the story the right way, and when you tell the story the right way, it is crystal clear that "Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" is about that transitional moment when we cross from being children into something else. It is about loss of innocence and the fear of that loss. It is about a refusal to allow adulthood to gain any foothold, and what it is one would have to deny to stay a child forever.
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‘Halloween’ Returning to Theaters for One Night Only

‘Halloween’ Returning to Theaters for One Night Only
The horror classic “Halloween” is coming to more than 220 movie theaters around America for one night leading into Halloween weekend, 37 years after the low-budget tale of teenage terror captivated audiences.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday, Sept. 30 for the event, which includes a special introduction of the film by writer and director John Carpenter. Screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 — two days before Halloween.

Halloween” told the story of Michael Myers, a six-year-old who brutally murders his sister on a cold Halloween night in 1963. After 15 years in a mental hospital, he returns to his sleepy hometown of Haddonfield, Ill., with a plan for more bloodshed. Michael (played by Nick Castle and Tony Moran) stalks Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis, in her big screen debut) and her friends as they babysit. Donald Pleasance plays the psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis.

The 1978 film debuted Oct. 25, 1978 in Kansas City and slowly spread to theaters across the U.
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