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Update: Ross contacted AICN to clear up some confusion. Breck Eisner remains attached to direct the remake! Producer and screenwriter of the inevitable Creature from the Black Lagoon remake Gary Ross provided an update to the press on the status of the project. He revealed a few surprising things. First, it appears Breck Eisner - who we spoke to about the film at the beginning of the summer - does not have a secure position in the director's chair. Ross says a director is "undecided" and that "the movie is not greenlit . let me say that. But we hope to be making it sometime next year." The rest of his chat, which can be found here , is the usual CG versus practical Creature talk we've discussed before (see the aforementioned Eisner interview). »
A remake that has been lingering for what seems like ages over at Universal Pictures is The Creature From The Black Lagoon, which until now had director Breck Eisner locked down to direct. Today a new interview with Producer/Screenwriter Gary Ross appeared online to talk a bit about the remake, all of which can be found beyond the break. Maybe if The Wolfman is successful in the Spring it'll light a fire under Uni's arse? Producer/Screenwriter Gary Ross talked a bit about remake today to Collider. It seems that the movie is still not greenlit yet, but he hopes to have it going sometime next year. He also said that its not going to be campy and that they still havent decided if the creature will be live action or itll be CGI. »
Some interesting news broke today regarding Universal's pending remake of the Fifties classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon. For months now we've been hearing (and dreading) the choice of Breck Eisner as director for the film, but in a recent interview it seems like we all may be in luck!
Producer/screenwriter Gary Ross told Collider that Eisner's name hasn't been associated with the movie for quite some time now, and that it has not even been greenlit yet.
Let's hear from the man himself ...
"I’m producing it. We’re actually moving forward," Ross told the site in a recent interview, "It’s certainly going to be based on the original; my dad’s favorite was The Creature Walks Among Us and that was the last one which my dad also wrote. It’s not going to be campy [and] it’s not a reference to what the original was. »
- Uncle Creepy
Here's the casting breakdown for Breck Eisner's "The Crazies", which is listed as being distributed by Rogue Pictures via Overture Films. Written by Scott Kosar Ray Wright, the remake of George A. Romero's classic film begins filming March 1st, 2009. Synopsis: David Dutton (Olyphant), the sheriff of small town Ogden Marsh, Kansas, desperately tries to protect his pregnant wife, Judy, after they discover that something in their town is making people become crazed and violent... [Vendor/Kevin Miller] Mid 30's - early 40's. The local concessions vendor at the high school baseball games in Ogden Marsh, Kansas, decent, normal, a neighbor/friend of David's, he meets up with David in a transport vehicle after the military swoops down on the town. Pragmatic and determined, Kevin tries »
This morning we were faxed the following casting breakdown for Breck Eisner's The Crazies, which is listed as being distributed by Rogue Pictures via Overture Films. Written by Scott Kosar & Ray Wright, the remake of George A. Romero's classic film begins filming March 1st, 2009. Beyond the break you can read all about the film, which already cast Timothy Olyphant as "David". Official story line is as follows: David Dutton (Olyphant), the sheriff of small town Ogden Marsh, Kansas, desperately tries to protect his pregnant wife, Judy, after they discover that something in their town is making people become crazed and violent »
Timothy Olyphant has signed on to star in "The Crazies", Overture's remake of the George Romero horror movie being directed by Breck Eisner, says The Hollywood Reporter. The story revolves around the inhabitants of a small Kansas town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply. Olyphant is playing the town's sheriff. Scott Kosar and Ray Wright wrote the screenplay. Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris are producing, with Romero executive producing. »
It was predicted and it came to pass. Teen vampire film Twilight took a huge bite out of the box office this weekend with a massive gross of $73 million. The sequel(s) have already been given the green and it looks like this $37 million flick is going to be hugely profitable for fledgling studio Summit. Writer Stephanie Meyer, director Catherine Hardwicke and stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart should be pretty happy this weekend. I wonder if they’ve ever heard of type-casting?
Daniel Craig’s second James Bond outing should shoot up another $30 million over the weekend giving the 007 adventure a total gross of $110 million. By Monday morning Quantum »
- Niall Browne
"Timothy Olyphant has signed on to star in "The Crazies," Overture's remake of the George Romero horror movie being directed by Breck Eisner" says The Hollywood Reporter. The article continues, "The story revolves around the inhabitants of a small Kansas town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply. Olyphant is playing the town's sheriff. Scott Kosar and Ray Wright wrote the screenplay."
Olyphant is no stranger to the genre having appeared in Scream 2, Dreamcatcher, as well as non-genre fare like HBO's Deadwood, Live Free Or Die Hard and Hitman. Should be interesting to see how Eisner interprets the story from Romero's original film.
A release date for The Crazies is tentatively set for September 25th, 2009! More when we hear it!
After a development that seems to have been going on forever, the remake of George Romero's The Crazies is gearing up and has finally found itself a star. Timothy Olyphant has signed on to star in the film for director Breck Eisner (Sahara). In the film Olyphant will star as the sheriff of a small town where a biological warfare spill turns the residents permanently insane. Murder, rioting and, well, craziness ensues and the military works to restore order and combat the virus. The »
- Mike Sampson
This morning THR is reporting that Hitman star Timothy Olyphant has signed up to play the town sheriff in the upcoming reimagining of George Romero’s The Crazies from director Breck Eisner. For those that haven’t quite checked this off their Netflix queue, The Crazies is about a small town becoming inadvertently infected with a secret biological warfare agent. The ensuing rush of gas makes the general population a bit, well, crazy, and hell quickly breaks loose. That’s when the fun really starts.
Of all of the great gush of remakes that have so polluted the rivers and fjords of our great horror kingdom for the last eight years, the planned redo of George Romero’s The Crazies fails to feel that irksome. Maybe I’m getting numb from all the slings and arrows of Hollywood regurgitation; maybe it’s a partial acknowledgement that the original, while entertaining, »
- Tristan Sinns
Little has been seen of the charismatic actor, Timothy Olyphant, since he starred as the eponymous bald assassin in the godawful Hitman. But, after a period where, presumably, he went away and thought about what he had done, he’s surfaced again, and has signed on to star in the remake of George A. Romero’s The Crazies. Directed by Breck Eisner, the remake follows the fortunes of the inhabitants of a small town in Kansas, most of whom are rendered psychotic when a foreign agent is introduced into the water. Olyphant will play the town’s sheriff, a man trying to figure out just what the hell is going on. We’re somewhat reassured by this. The last time Olyphant played a sheriff, he was Seth Bullock in the wonderful TV show, Deadwood, and if his character here is even half as interesting, that’ll mean he’s very interesting indeed. »
Timothy Olyphant has scored the lead role in Breck Eisner’s remake of George Romero’s horror The Crazies. The 1973 original saw a small Kansas town beset by madness and death after a plane crashes and releases a bioweapon into the water supply. The Hollywood Reporter has it that Olyphant will play the town’s sheriff, who must act when his fellow locals start going, well, crazy. Sahara The Crazies will mark a return behind the camera for Eisner, who hasn’t helmed a film since 2005’s Sahara. Let’s... .
Timothy Olyphant, who can be seen in Sony's A Perfect Getaway next year, has signed on to star in The Crazies, Overture's remake of the George Romero horror movie being directed by Breck Eisner. The story revolves around the inhabitants of a small Kansas town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply. Olyphant is playing the town's sheriff. Scott Kosar and Ray Wright wrote the screenplay. Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris are producing, with Romero executive producing. Overture's Sean Furst is overseeing for the studio. Shooting begins soon as Overture hopes to get the film in theaters by September 25, 2009. »
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The story revolves around the inhabitants of a small Kansas town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply. Olyphant is playing the town's sheriff.
Scott Kosar and Ray Wright wrote the screenplay.
- By Borys Kit
Timothy Olyphant ( Hitman ) is set to star in Breck Eisner's remake of The Crazies . The update of George Romero's 1973 film of the same name is being produced for Overture Films; the company has it penciled in for release on September 25, 2009. The actor - who has appeared in other genre fare like Scream 2 , Dreamcatcher and the upcoming A Perfect Getaway - will play a town sheriff up to his neck in residents infected with a biological weapon after a plane crashes tainting the water supply. Scott Kosar ( The Machinist ) wrote early drafts of the script which was then handed over to Ray Wright ( Pulse ). Romero is on board as executive producer; he's joined by Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris. ShockTillYouDrop.com caught up to Eisner earlier this year to talk »
The Los Angeles Times notes that Sony has profited handsomely from its investment in MGM, earning huge profits from Casino Royale and expects a similar payday for Quantum of Solace. After that, MGM regains full control of Bond so the studio needs fresh cash cows.
Looking ahead, the Times counts off forthcoming films based on The Green Hornet, Flash Gordon, and Preacher are worthy candidates. Closer to home, they are preparing a sequel fro the original super-hero tale, Hancock, which brought in huge dollars and little buzz.
Among the films mentioned, The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow, and to be directed by Chow, will be arriving first, in summer 2010. They’ve pencilled in Spider-Man 4 for summer 2011 but the other projects are still in development so the studio can’t start counting on profits yet.
- Robert Greenberger
Overtune Films has locked down September 25th, 2009 as the release date for Breck Eisner's remake of George Romero's The Crazies and January 15th, 2010 for Cloverfield director Matt Reeves remake of Let The Right One In. The Crazies update was scripted by Ray Wright, while Let The Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist recently revealed to Ain't It Cool News that Reeves take on his novel will be adapted from the source material (his book) rather then a remake of the brilliant movie by Tomas Alfredson. More when we hear it!
And read our First Look Review of Let The Right One In Here or by clicking the image below!
Overture Films has once again made a few date shifts for three of their upcoming horror films. Breck Eisner's remake of George A. Romero's The Crazies will now hit theaters on September 25th, 2009; Christian Alvart's (Case 39, Antibodies) latest horror venture, Pandorum, is now slated for release on September 4th, 2009; lastly, Matt Reeves' (Cloverfield) remake of the Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In is now arriving in theaters January 15th of 2010. In the film Oscar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire. »
Box Office Mojo revealed that Overture Films has set specific debut dates for three of its upcoming genre features. The one original, Christian (Antibodies) Alvart’s outer-space chiller Pandorum, starring Ben Foster (pictured) and Dennis Quaid, arrives September 4, 2009.
The other two titles are remakes (both of which have yet to start shooting), with Breck Eisner’s update of George A. Romero’s The Crazies arriving shortly after Pandorum on September 25. And the English-language adaptation of the Swedish vampire winner Let The Right One In, to be written and directed by Matt (Cloverfield) Reeves, is set to bite into theaters January 15, 2010. Look for coverage of all three movies here and in Fango’s pages as they get rolling and closer to release. »
I always joked with writer Steve Niles that one day, I'd like to direct an adaptation of his comic book Freaks Of The Heartland. It's my all-time favorite story from the creator of 30 Days Of Night. But alas, a director that has been tapped for the film version and I reluctantly approve.
The Hollywood Reporter says that David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Snow Angels) will direct Freaks Of The Heartland for Overture Films. The script was adapted from Niles graphic novel by screenwriters Peter Sattler and Geoff Davey. Green and Dark Horse Entertainment president Mike Richardson are producing. Niles, who also wrote "30 Days of Night," is executive producing. Illustrated by Greg Ruth, Niles' six-part 2004 series about the horrible secret of a rural Middle American town involves Trevor Owen's attempts to protect his "monster" of a 6-year-old younger brother and Gristlewood Valley's other "freaks" from their parents' worst instincts.
Overture is »
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