17 items from 2017
Back in the spring of 2015, 20th Century Fox moved forward with its long-awaited Flash Gordon remake, setting director Matthew Vaughn at the helm, but we haven't heard anything about it since then. It turns out there's a very good reason for that, with Matthew Vaughn revealing in a new interview that he's still been working on it, but his original vision for the story was basically taken by Marvel's 2014 blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. Here's what the director had to say below, when asked if he's still working on a Flash Gordon movie.
"Yeah, we've been working on it. For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians (of the Galaxy) kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it. You've got Star Wars, you've got Guardians, so you've got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, »
Kirsten Howard Aug 1, 2017
Animated series Stretch Armstrong And The Flex Fighters is due to hit Netflix later this year. Here are the details...
A few years back, Hasbro were hankering for a movie version of Stretch Armstrong to grace the big screen. It was part of a bunch of properties they were developing, along with various board games and toy lines. They even linked Twilight's Taylor Lautner to the lead role, and tapped Breck Eisner to direct. At this point, it looks like that project is a lost cause.
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But worry not, Stretch Armstrong fans, as Netflix have come to the rescue. They're about to bring old Stretch to us in the form of »
Horror Channel has eight prime-time weekend film premieres in June including the UK premieres of Retreat, Carl Tibbets’ ‘ménage a trois of terror’ starring Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy and Jamie Bell and R.D. Braunstein’s smartly gripping I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine – widely seen as the best of the series.
There are also network premieres for Jennifer Lynch’s uncompromising and dark chiller Chained, William Malone’s gruesome cyber thriller Feardotcom, starring Stephen Dorff and Natascha McElhone and Michael Reeves’s highly acclaimed Witchfinder General, starring Vincent Price.
In a deadly virus catching month, other highlights are first channel showings for John Pogue’s [Rec] inspired scareline Quarantine 2: Terminal, Breck Eisner’s critically-acclaimed remake of George Romero’s 1973 movie, The Crazies and James Cameron’s directorial debut Piranha 2: The Spawning starring Lance Henriksen and plenty of flying killer fish.
A bizarre disease, »
- Phil Wheat
Every horror fan has their favorite type of monster. Some people love shambling zombies, others prefer squid-faced aliens from beyond the stars, and I’m sure there are a few people out there who would swear that The Mangler is the greatest beast to grace the silver screen. But for me, one archetype has always reigned supreme: the scaly fish-man.
I can’t explain why, but ever since I was a kid, sea life has always interested me, so it should come as no surprise that as far as famous monsters go, the Gill-man’s always been my favorite. Unfortunately, being a fan of the Gill-man can lead to some issues. Unlike Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, the Gill-man was an original creation of Universal, and as such, was not in the public domain. So, while there are many great films bearing those iconic names, the Creature from the Black Lagoon only has three, »
- Perry Ruhland
An update of John Carpenter's Escape From New York has been threatened several times over the course of a decade, initially with Gerard Butler planning to wear the eye-patch as iconic badass Snake Plissken. Directors like Len Wiseman, Brett Ratner and Breck Eisner briefly sat in the director's chair before departing. Those early attempts ultimately crashed like Donald Pleasance's plane,... Read More »
- Dave Davis
A remake of Escape from New York has been in the planning stages for ages. Now, the long gestating redo is finally moving forward, as it was announced yesterday that action maestro Robert Rodriguez is stepping in to take the helm on this sci-fi thriller that will resurrect Snake Plissken for the big screen. How does original director John Carpenter feel about this choice? Well, he actually loves it quite a bit. Sharing his thoughts on Twitter, he says this.
John Carpenter is not a man to mince words. And he's never offered praise where it's not deserved. The man behind such classics as the original Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, The Fog and Assault on Precinct 13 is no stranger to remakes, »
After years of delays, with Breck Eisner once attached to direct and Gerard Butler and Jeremy Renner previously eyed to star, 20th Century Fox's Escape From New York remake is finally moving forward. The studio has brought on filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to direct this highly-anticipated remake, although no production schedule has been given. Luther creator Neil Cross came aboard to write the script back in October 2015.
Deadline reports that Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are set to produce the remake through their production company known as The Picture Company. 20th Century Fox won the rights to this iconic franchise back in January 2015 in a bidding war, with original Escape From New York director John Carpenter coming aboard as an executive producer. No details have been given regarding the new script by Neil Cross, or how different it will be from the original movie, but it is believed that the studio »
This past Monday afternoon, word came down from Paramount Pictures that the latest installment of “Friday the 13th,” which had been part of the studio’s development slate for nearly four years, had been pulled from its schedule. Only a couple of hours later, speculation engendered by that announcement was confirmed: The new “Friday the 13th” was dead, at least for the time being, and certainly at Paramount.
No official explanation was forthcoming, though the obvious one seemed to be the disappointing box-office returns for the just-concluded first weekend of “Rings,” another Paramount franchise reboot that had bounced around its slate a few times; it finished below the third weekend of Universal’s “Split.” The news was met with disappointment by die-hard “Friday” fans, who were looking forward to Jason Voorhees’ return to the studio that had nurtured him through eight movies between 1980-89. The feeling was especially acute for »
- Michael Gingold
Friday the 13th has had a very rocky road to resurrection. After the 2009 reboot, the rights to the franchise shifted between studios and the shuffling of paperwork meant yet another reboot was in order. It then bounced around from director to director. At one point it was going to be found footage, but then that craze died. A writer from Hannibal came on board, everyone was excited. But that didn't work, either. Finally it seemed like Platinum Dunes, Paramount and new director Breck Eisner (The Crazies) were all on the same page. Just last week it was reported that pre-production was underway in Georgia and a casting call was out for a number of different members of the Voorhees clan, including Jason and his dad, Elias. Friday the 13th was finally, finally...
- Peter Hall
Any Jason Voorhees fans excited about the prospect of a return to Camp Crystal Lake will be disappointed to hear that Paramount Pictures has pulled the plug on the long-gestating next instalment of the Friday the 13th series, which the studio has been trying in vain to get off the ground for several years.
According to Variety, the studio has pulled Friday the 13th from its planned October 13th release date, filling it instead with the Jennifer Lawrence / Darren Aronofsky film mother!. Production had been expected to begin this Spring, with Breck Eisner (The Last Witch Hunter) directing from a script by Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski. It’s said that a number of factors played into the decision, including the $21 million budget, the disappointing opening weekend for horror sequel Rings, and the fact that the rights to the franchise will shortly revert back to New Line Cinema.
Meanwhile, Paramount has »
- Gary Collinson
Paramount has decided to back off on its reboot of the iconic “Friday the 13th” horror franchise, which had been in development for several years at the studio.
Paramount announced Monday that it had pulled “Friday the 13th” from its Oct. 13 release date and filled the slot with the Jennifer Lawrence movie “mother!,” but gave no further explanation. Several sources told Variety that Paramount has put the project on ice for several reasons — its $21 million budget; the disappointing $13 million opening weekend for its “Rings” horror reboot; and the looming reversion of the rights to New Line.
“Friday the 13th” had been expected to start principal photography in the early spring with Breck Eisner directing in order to make the October release date. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes was on board to produce with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.
- Dave McNary
Just a few weeks after a report claimed the Friday the 13th remake was set to start shooting this spring, Paramount Pictures has unceremoniously canceled the project. The studio has pulled the horror remake from its October 13, 2017 release date, immediately slotting director Darren Aronofksy's mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence, into that date. The studio also unsurprisingly pulled World War Z 2 from its 2017 release slate, with the studio now aiming for a 2018 or 2019 date.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that, even though no cast members had been set yet, casting was under way with the project still eyeing a mid-March production start. Earlier today, though, the production company Platinum Dunes and director Breck Eisner were given word by Paramount that the studio was pulling the plug on the project. Insiders claim that the middling box office results of Paramount's Rings, another attempt to revive a stagnant horror franchise, played a part in Friday the 13th's cancelation. »
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Paramount has put the machete back in the sheath.
With just less than six weeks go to before the start of principal photography, Paramount had shut down the latest iteration of Friday the 13th, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The move occurs on the same day the studio undated the pic, which was to have opened Oct. 13.
Platinum Dunes, the production company behind the film, and Breck Eisner, who was to have directed the movie, received word earlier in the day, according to multiple sources.
The film was in preproduction and, while not cast, heading »
- Borys Kit
Deadline reports the news of Paramount’s release schedule changes. The new Friday the 13th movie was pencilled in for an October 13th, 2017 release, while the World War Z sequel was initially slated to come out on June 9th, 2017. In place of Friday the 13th, Paramount has scheduled Darren Aronosfky’s mother! to come out on October 13th.
- Derek Anderson
We've known for quite some time that the upcoming Friday the 13th reboot will feature Jason Voorhees' mom and dad. Today, a casting call offers new insight into the flashback story that is being told. According to ProjectCasting.com, the production has a very specific type of actor it is looking for. And further inspection indicates that this movie has a new title, tying it into the overall franchise.
Just yesterday, reports surfaced that Friday the 13th is gearing up for a March production start date with casting currently underway. The quasi-sequel reboot hybrid will shoot in Conyers, Georgia. Today, we have a better understanding of who production company Platinum Dunes is looking for in resurrecting Jason Voorhees for the 13th time. On a Friday no less. The casting call says this.
"Male, Caucasian, 12 years old Only Seeking Identical Twins W/ TV And Film Credits. Must Be Under 5 Foot. No Exceptions. »
It has been eight years since we last say Jason Vorhees murdering teenagers on the big screen, but that will soon change. The long-in-development reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise is scheduled for release this October and it looks like shooting will start soon. The movie is reportedly casting and will be shooting in Georgia this Spring.
The news comes courtesy of Bloody Disgusting, who report that casting is currently underway in order for production on the new Friday the 13th movie to start in March. Bloody Disgusting noted that the fan site F13Franchise is also backing up that report, saying that pre-production is currently underway in Conyers, Georgia, which would line up with what producer Brad Fuller said in an interview from late 2016. Here is what F13Franchise had to say about the production.
"The reason that the production in Conyers is interesting is that Platinum Dunes »
The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Director: Breck Eisner Stars: Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie Awfully Good Movies is back in the saddle for 2017, and Vin Diesel's back to the XXX franchise this weekend in Return Of Xander Cage, so we're celebrating with Vin's 2015 fantasy flick The Last Witch Hunter! With this movie, Vin Diesel tried taking the witch hunter character he plays... Read More »
- Jesse Shade
17 items from 2017
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