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Saw screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton will be adapting the scary story collection. The film will follow a group of outcast kids that face their fears to save their town after nightmares invade their lives.
Alvin Schwartz compiled the stories from folklore and urban legend. The three-book children's series began with 1981′s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and continued with More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark in 1984. Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones was released in 1991. The books sold more than 7 million copies worldwide.
The book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has become a much beloved franchise for horror fans everywhere (despite publisher HarperCollins' boneheaded ridiculousness), and now the series that launched a 1,000 adolescent nightmares is evolving in a whole new way!
Deadline reports that CBS Films has acquired a pitch from Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to adapt Alvin Schwartz’s classic spooky tale collection Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The project will see Melton and Dunstan adapt some of the scary short stories into a screenplay about a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life.
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- Uncle Creepy
Universal Pictures has released a bunch of new release dates for some of their upcoming films.
Their Mummy reboot will be released on April 22nd, 2016.
There's an Untitled Michael Mann cyberthriller that's been set for for January 16th, 2015.
Here's the press release with more details on these film.
About Untitled Michael Mann Project
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Untitled Michael Mann Project follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. »
- Joey Paur
We mention on this week’s ‘Hollywood Booze’ podcast (online tomorrow) about the planned release of the Duncan Jones directed Warcraft, and the fact that it shared the date with a certain movie named Star Wars Episode VII. Well, it looks like Universal and Legendary Pictures have seen the light and moved the domestic release date from the 18th December, 2015 to 11th March, 2016. Warcraft is a massive movie for the studio and in line with the themes it shares with Star Wars, a move was inevitable.
It’s not just Warcraft that Legendary are moving either. The studio, which departed from Warner Brothers earlier this year, are also moving the Jeff Bridges starrer The Seventh Son to the 6th February, 2014 and the update of The Mummy to the 22nd April, 2016. Andy Muschietti (Mama) is directing the film and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek) are producing with Sean Daniel. Jon Spaihts wrote the script. »
- Paul Heath
Universal has provided an update on their release schedule, which includes a date change for The Mummy reboot. While Universal was reportedly interested in seeing The Mummy released as a Summer 2014 movie, a director change has prompted a move to 2016. Their new schedule has The Mummy coming out on April 22nd, 2016.
“A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in The Mummy, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. The Mummy is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team including director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek and Transformers series) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen and Barbara Muschietti will executive produce.”
With a release date set that far away, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a date shift between now and then. We’ll report back as soon as casting »
- Jonathan James
Get out your calendars and a pencil, kids! Universal has just announced release dates for three of its genre offerings, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving we're keeping you abreast of them. If you're good, maybe we'll give you a leg and a wing, too.
The Mummy reboot has been slated for release on April 22, 2016. A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in The Mummy, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. The Mummy is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team including director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen and Barbara Muschietti will executive produce.
- Uncle Creepy
Christmas came early for Universal this year when The Best Man Holiday jingled its way into a massive $30 million dollar debut weekend, only being bested by Thor: The Dark World. Even more shocking is the fact that the film’s predecessor, The Best Man, debuted fourteen years ago and managed to rake in a little over $30 million dollars in its lifetime domestic gross. With numbers like these, it’s no wonder that Universal is in talks with director and writer Malcolm D. Lee and producer Sean Daniel about a potential sequel to really get that holiday spirit going.
With the film taking only an estimated $17 million dollars to produce, a rise in costs for the sequel is lurking in the snow as none of the principal cast members are contracted to return. No blame there either, as waiting another fourteen years might turn this romantic comedy into something less appealing to watch. »
- Andy Wong
Fans of the 1999 romantic comedy "The Best Man" had to wait nearly fifteen years its the sequel, "The Best Man Holiday," but the wait won't be nearly as long for the third installment. After "Holiday's" surprisingly huge opening last weekend, Universal and director Malcolm D. Lee are already in talks to bring a third installment to theaters. According to Deadline, Lee is in negotiations to write, direct and produce a third film, with Sean Daniel also in talks to produce via The Sean Daniel Company. Made for just $17 million, "The Best Man Holiday" opened to a huge $30.6 million last weekend, giving Marvel's "Thor: »
- Hitfix Staff
Following its impressive $30 million haul during its opening weekend, Universal Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to The Best Man Holiday. Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote and directed both the 1999 original The Best Man and the sequel, is in negotiations to write, direct and produce this follow-up, with Sean Daniel in talks to produce.
It isn't immediately clear if any members of the ensemble cast are returning, such as Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa. The story followed these longtime friends reuniting over the Christmas holidays, as both old rivalries and romances are ignited once again.
The Best Man Holiday was produced on just a $17 million production budget, and this untitled follow-up is said to be a high priority at the studio. The Best Man Holiday's opening weekend was the fifth largest opening for an R-rated romantic comedy, »
Following on from the $30 million domestic haul of "The Best Man Holiday" this past weekend, filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee is negotiating a deal with Universal Pictures for a third instalment in the series.
Fourteen years later, the $17 million-budget sequel managed an A+ CinemaScore from filmgoers, and that incredible opening which was the fifth-largest ever opening for an R-rated romantic comedy.
Lee would write, direct and produce the film with Sean Daniel also in talks to produce. The cast wasn't optioned for a third film, so re-negotiations are inevitable.
The success of 'Holiday' though has made the third film a priority at the studio, so Lee is expected to get to work writing it soon.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “A Critical Confusion” –Brad Stevens’ sharp take down of Will Self’s mirror-holding view on the extinction of criticism. Inside, inside baseball. “The Best Man Holiday and the Language of Expectations” — Linda Holmes laments the industry’s continual underestimation of films starring black ensembles and/or made by black filmmakers. It’s time to stop being surprised when they do well. “Here’s How Indie Movie Rental Stores Are Surviving the New Frontier” — Sean Axmaker at Indiewire adds Scarecrow Video to the list of profiles in courage against the backdrop of Blockbuster busting. “The Starving Games is the Worst Hunger Games Spoof Ever: A Liveblog” — Mike Ryan watches the new Friedberg and Seltzer so you don’t have to. I now challenge him to try doing this. »
- Scott Beggs
Following an impressive opening of $30.1 million dollars this weekend, Universal Pictures is in talks with Malcolm D. Lee to write, direct and produce a sequel to The Best Man Holiday . Made for $17 million and starring Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa, The Best Man Holiday is a sequel to Malcolm D. Lee's 1999 release, The Best Man . In "Holiday," when the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Sean Daniel is also in talks to come back and produce the third installment. »
After making a solid weekend opening of $30.1 million on its debut, The Best Man Holiday may get a sequel as Malcolm D. Lee is in negotiations with Universal to direct, write and produce another installment. Deadline reports that producer Sean Daniel is also in talks to return to his duties, producing via The Sean Daniel Company. Obviously, since this is a negotiation at this point, no cast is on board as yet for the next Best Man film. However, the way the film's performing admirably, it's a given I would think. »
With Best Man Holiday enjoying many happy returns at the box office, Universal is hoping to keep the good times going with a sequel. Malcolm D. Lee is in talks to return what is becoming a surprise franchise for Universal and will write and direct another comedy ensemble, THR has confirmed. Lee also will produce with Sean Daniel. Holiday was a reunion between Lee and the cast of The Best Man, a well-regarded comedy released in 1999 that starred Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Nia Long and Monica Calhoun, among others. The movie was made for $17 million but opened to $30.
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: After a rousing opening weekend that saw his sequel The Best Man Holiday gross over $30 million domestically, Malcolm D. Lee is negotiating a deal with Universal to write, direct and produce another installment of the hit ensemble romantic comedy. Sean Daniel is also in talks to come back and produce another film through his The Sean Daniel Company shingle. No word yet on locking in the ensemble cast. I don’t believe they have options on a third film, so clearly all of them will be looking for pay bumps. First, Lee has to write it. It took 14 years for Lee to come back with a sequel, but this one is going to happen much more quickly. He is rewriting to direct an untitled project for Fox Searchlight, but this clearly becomes a priority project for Universal. Related: Hot Trailer: ‘The Best Man Holiday’ The $17 million sequel had the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The holiday season kicks off this weekend at the box office with director Malcolm D. Lee's The Best Man Holiday. Lee's sequel to 1999's The Best Man reunites cast members Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Eddie Cibrian to celebrate Christmas post-college days. The film, produced by Lee and Sean Daniel, is released by Universal. Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office. Photos: Ho Ho
- Stephanie Chan
“Thor: The Dark World” will dominate the box office again this weekend, but that’s not going to stop “The Best Man Holiday” fans from partying like its 1999. That’s when the original “The Best Man” opened at No. 1, and Malcolm D. Lee – who writes, directs and produces with Sean Daniel – has reassembled the ensemble of the first film for this holiday sequel, the week’s only wide release, which is expected to land in the mid- to high-teen millions. Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa reprise their. »
- Todd Cunningham
Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee has re-assembled the entire nine-member cast of the original 1999 movie for this sequel.
Sequels are rampant in Hollywood, but it’s rare to see a sequel produced almost 15 years after the release of the original movie. This happens when a movie has a fan base, and filmmakers and cast members are eager to revisit an earlier opus. The Best Man was a hit in 1999, partly because it appealed to a more upscale African-American audience than Hollywood ordinarily acknowledges. Now writer-director Malcolm D. Lee has re-assembled the entire nine-member cast of the original movie for The Best Man Holiday, which is set at Christmas and has a good chance to succeed and also become a holiday perennial on TV and DVD.
The original movie followed the romantic and professional travails of a group of college friends as they set out in the world and prepared for the »
- Stephen Farber
Watch these 6 new clips from Universal Pictures' The Best Man Holiday comedy directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film opens November 15th and stars Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa. Lee directs and writes the film, as well as producing alongside Sean Daniel while Preston Holmes serves as executive producer. The Best Man Holiday is the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. »
After nearly 15 years apart, Morris Chestnut (Identity Thief), Taye Diggs (Baggage Claim), Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Nia Long (Soul Food), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball) and Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy.
In the closing frames of The Best Man, the groundbreaking movie from then first-time writer/director Malcolm D. Lee, Lance (Chestnut) and Mia (Calhoun) had just gotten married, and Harper (Diggs) proposed to a very shocked Robyn (Lathan). Murch (Perrineau) found the nerve to break up with Shelby (De Sousa) and begin dating Candy (Hall), the fantasy girl who’d become the love of his life, while the industrious Shelby rebounded and found herself in bed with lothario Quentin (Howard). And although Jordan »
- Movie Geeks
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