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Can it be that the celluloid gods have heard my embittered pleas and taken action? Is it true that Platinum Dunes has left the Friday the 13th franchise behind after one shockingly awful entry that missed the point entirely? Right now all signs are pointing to 'yes'.
The folks over at Friday the 13th's official site are reporting that Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and co. are vacating Camp Crystal Lake and that Warner Bros. is currently searching for a new creative team to resurrect Jason Voorhees once again. Warner, I'm just throwing this out there ... I'm available.
Of course, there has been no official word yet from the studio in charge, Warner Bros., but the folks at the Friday the 13th site claim they've been sitting on this for a while and the information is good. We'll bring you more as we have it, but let's cautiously rejoice in the meantime! »
- Masked Slasher
After "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" hit theaters back in 2006, Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form revealed that the franchise is officially dead. Then about a year ago, it was announced that Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures were working on a deal to acquire the rights to franchise in order to put Leatherface and Jigsaw (from "Saw") under one roof. Stephen Susco (The Grudge) was hired to write the script. Bloody-Disgusting is now reporting that Susco's script has been scrapped and writers Adam Marcus (Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday) and Debra Sullivan have been brought on to pen the 3D reboot. The story will pick up immediately where Tobe Hooper's original left off before flashing forward 35 years. The site added that a cult may be involved. The studios will be announcing a director soon. Last year, producer Mark Burg said: "It's 35 years later, there's a relative going back. »
Director Dennis Iliadis (Last House on the Left) has signed on to direct The Demonologists. The film tells the story of “a family of veteran ghost hunters who get more than they bargained for when they are called in to face what they soon realize is not a routine ghost job but a demon infestation.” The film will be written by Teddy Tenenbaum, whose previous credits include a few episodes for the television series Ghost Whisperer and Dead Zone. Hit the jump to read about Iliadis possibly directing a remake of The Birds.
According to 24 Frames, Iliadis is also being considered for the Platinum Dunes remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds. This is one of those projects which I feel I’ve been reading about for years now. At one point, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) was going to direct the film with Naomi Watts attached to star. That film never materialized. »
- Ramses Flores
Ouija is the next board game movie in the making following right behind Peter Berg's May 18th, 2012 Battleship release. Universal has it's eyes on a few directors including Pierre Morel (Taken), Sylvain White (The Losers) and Scott Stewart (Priest). That's some big name candidates if you ask me!
Ouija is being produced by Hasbro's Brian Golldner and Bennett Schneir along with Platinum Dunes Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form with a projected budget of $80- $100 million. There is some sure power behind this film so it better be good! Ouija is written by Tron:Legacy scribes Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Expect an announcement within the next two weeks on a director choice.
Production is set to start next summer for a Thanksgiving 2012 release.
Pierre Morel ("Taken"), Sylvain White ("The Losers") and Scott Stewart ("Priest") have emerged as candidates to direct the film adaptation of the board game "Ouija" for Universal Pictures and Platinum Dunes reports Deadline.
Story details of the supernatural action-adventure movie are being keep under wraps though certain rules of the game such as never use it alone, never use it in a graveyard, etc. will be incorporated.
Universal plans to get the film into production next summer for a release Thanksgiving 2012, making it the second film based on a Hasbro property after Peter Berg's tentpole feature "Battleship" opening May 2012.
Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz ("Tron: Legacy") are penning the script for the $80-100 million budget feature with the decision about director to be made in the next two weeks. Brian Goldner, Bennett Schneir, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing. »
- Garth Franklin
The next hot directing job: Ouija, which will follow Battleship as the next Hasbro branded property to move into production at Universal since the Rob Letterman-directed, Taylor Lautner-attached Stretch Armstrong got pushed back and probably won't start until 2013. The studio is still talking to directors, but I've heard that the three candidates in the mix at the moment are Taken helmer Pierre Morel, The Losers helmer Sylvain White, and Scott Stewart, who just completed the Screen Gems pic Priest. The pic is being produced by Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir along with Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Universal is planning to get the film into production next summer, for release around Thanksgiving 2012. That will follow on the heels of the Peter Berg-directed Battleship, which opens May 18, 2012. Ouija's a big picture, with a budget targeted around $80 million-$100 million. The script is »
- MIKE FLEMING
20th Century Fox is one of the most frustrating companies to deal with when it comes to Blu-ray. When it comes to their big releases, they do great work, but when it comes to catalog, it’s hard to say or know what you’re going to get. It’s great that they’re putting a lot of catalog out – like Warner Brothers they seem invested in the format – but if you already have the film on DVD, you may have to hold your old copy if you want the supplements. The 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Return of the Living Dead, the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror and The Order all come with varying degrees of their original supplements on Blu-ray. And my review of this quartet of Blu-rays follows after the jump
Phillip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers is easily the best of the lot. »
- Andre Dellamorte
Pierre Morel is in talks to direct Ouija for Platinum Dunes. Morel helmed the tight lil' thriller called Taken with Liam Neeson. The director is not a lock, but the L.A. Times says he's in discussions with the Platinum Dunes team: Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. When we last reported on the project, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz of Tron Legacy were scripting the story said to be an action-adventure film. We'll see if they retain any heavy supernatural elements. »
As a child of the 1980’s, it’s been funny to watch the majority of the entertainment of that era either sequelized or remade. Whether it’s trying to emulate John Hughes’s tone in a teen driven romantic comedy, or the Indiana Jones sequel, or the birth of comic book movies, it all feels very connected to that decade. For horror fans, it seems every major and minor title is getting the remake treatment, with Wes Craven’s classic films of the period at the top of the list. Craven’s classics Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes were already done (and reasonably well), so it was only a matter of time before someone finally got to Freddy Kruger. Platinum Dunes, the remakers behind The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and Friday the 13th put Samuel Bayer behind the camera, and made the smart »
- Andre Dellamorte
Exclusive: Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form have moved their genre-making production company to Wme. It's a return to the fold after moving from Wme and spending the last year at CAA. Wme reps Bay as a director. The move comes at a time when Platinum Dunes is moving into bigger budget fare after signing a first-look deal at Paramount Pictures. On their first seven films, Platinum Dunes averaged $18 million per film; the priciest was $30 million. They've had an enviable track record for covering their bets. Six of those films grossed their budgets on opening weekends, and two did so on opening night. Most were remakes of fright classics like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. They'll probably spend at least three times their highest budget rebooting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, for which they »
- MIKE FLEMING
Paramount has shelled out almost $1million for the duo to revive the reptiles and hatch a new live-action franchise, reports Deadline.
Cable channel Nickelodeon (part of Viacom) bought the rights for $60million in October 2009 and joined forces with Paramount (also part of the Viacom empire) to relaunch the scaly superheroes.
"The studio is looking at this as its next huge franchise, like Transformers," said a studio source, evidently hoping that Bay can apply the winning formula of his robot action films to generate another set of blockbusters.
The project is being fast-tracked for a 2012 release »
- David Bentley
We told you back in May that Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon brought Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form on board to produce the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot with Galen Walker, Marina Norman and Scott Mednick.
Now, Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has hired Iron Man writing duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to reimagine a new release of the live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Paramount’s Adam Goodman is fast-tracking the film and wants a first draft by October so the studio can take it out to directors right away for a 2012 release.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is slated to hit theaters in 2012. »
- Jason Moore
When Nickelodeon picked up the rights to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" last fall in a $60 million dollar deal, it was clear that the company wanted to make it one of its next franchises. And apparently Paramount — a sister company to Nickelodeon through Viacom — has taken steps to make sure that it happens sooner rather than later.
The studio is placing the film on a fast-track development cycle and reportedly wants the first draft by October so that the studio can then look for a director to bring the film out in 2012.
- Blair Marnell
Exclusive: I hear that Paramount has hired the writing team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway for close to $1 million to reimagine a new release of the live action feature Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. "The studio is looking at this as its next huge franchise, like Transformers," a source just told me. Indeed, Platinum Dunes which is Michael Bay's, Andrew Form's, and Brad Fuller's company, is producing along with the original producers Scott Mednick, Galen Walker, and Maria Norman. Paramount's Adam Goodman is fast-tracking and wants a first draft by October so the studio can take it out to directors right away for a 2012 release. The speed is understandable since Viacom Inc's Nickelodeon acquired the global intellectual property rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for $60 million in partnership with sister company Paramount Pictures for the TV, film and video game franchise which the characters have spawned. »
- Nikki Finke
Looks like Paramount really is serious about getting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back on their feet as a viable live action franchise: the studio has hired the men who wrote Iron Man (well, a couple of them, anyway), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to bash out a script.With Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller overseeing the new film with a host of other producers, the plan is for the writers to deliver their first draft by October so the film can find a director and gear up to shoot early next year to hit a 2012 release date. Because rushing screenplays always makes for great movies!The pizza-loving, Foot-fighting mutant teens have been largely off the boil since their mid-90s heyday, with only Imagi’s CGI ‘toon Tmnt hitting the radar with any cinematic force since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III arrived »
August 13, 2010 is upon us. Disciples of Jason Voorhees might recall today was the day that Platinum Dunes - Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form - had penciled in as the release date for their sequel to 2009's Friday the 13th ( review ), starring Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti and Derek Mears. Needless, to say, a return trip to Crystal Lake hasn't happened and it doesn't look like it's going to be happening any time soon. Why not? You can say it's a bout of bad luck. When Shock Till You Drop caught up to producers Fuller and Form on the Chicago set of A Nightmare on Elm Street in June of 2009, the duo were excited to continue the Voorhees-orchestrated killing spree. Mark Swift and Damian Shannon were confirmed as a writers and it was revealed that we would see »
Not content with the transforming bots from Cybertron, director/producer Michael Bay (Transformers 3) has managed to pick up a new alien abduction film to produce through his production company, Platinum Dunes. The film is being called Confidential Alien Project.
First-time screenwriter Bobby Glickert wrote the film and created a two-minute teaser which attracted Bay and his cohorts Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes. The film is said to be a cross between Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity.
Platinum Dunes is currently searching for screenwriters for the project. »
- Jason Moore
I'm just as much of a sucker for a good alien invasion movie as anyone else, but that doesn't mean I've got a craving to catch one in the theater every weekend. At Comic-Con alone we heard about Cowboys and Aliens, Battle: Los Angeles and Skyline and that's not even the least of what we have on the way from the genre. Apparently Michael Bay lives by the phrase "you can't have too much of a good thing," because Heat Vision is reporting that he'll be adding another alien-related film to the list.
Paramount snatched up Bobby Glickert's pitch and will have Bay produce alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. The only story information we have so far is that "the plotline is getting the Area 51 treatment" and that it has something to do with alien abductions. Glickert put together a treatment and a two-minute teaser, »
- Perri Nemiroff
If you're sick of zombies and vampires you may be happy to hear that Hollywood is switching gears back to alien invasions as of late. Spurned on by the popularity of Cloverfield, District 9 and the remake of V, we've now got Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies mini-series  on the horizon plus J.J. Abrams' Super 8 , Timur Bekmambetov's The Darkest Hour  and Jonathan Liebesman's Battle: Los Angeles . And now Michael Bay is about to throw his hat into the ring with a new alien-related project that is being described as Cloverfield meets Paranormal Activity. THR's Heat Vision  blog reports that Paramount just picked up a pitch from newcomer Bobby Glickert (Road to Moloch) known only as the "Confidential Alien Project", based on a treatment and a two-minute teaser put together by Glickert. Michael Bay will produce along with his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, »
Briefly: We don't currently know much about the Confidential Alien Project (that's a placeholder title) outside of the fact that it will be a Paramount film and that new writer Bobby Glickert has sold an alien-themed pitch to Platinum Dunes producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. THR says the plot involves 'alien abductions,' and that, despite writing the treatment and assembling a two minute trailer that helped sell the pitch, Glickert won't write. Another screenwriter will be hired instead. Glickert will direct. In theory, I love this idea, because Paramount has the film set up as a low-budget affair. Deadline says the budget is planned for about $12m. The studio has done well with low-budget stuff already (Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity) and has the J.J. Abrams film Super 8 coming up. But two of the three projects I just mentioned have J.J. Abrams as a factor, and Platinum Dunes »
- Russ Fischer
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