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While the attention of most Cannes journalists was fixed on George Miller’s adrenaline-rush “Mad Max: Fury Road,” or trying to make sense of the fight sequences in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin” (where rivals dance around a bit, bow and then walk off into the woods), a select group of people were having their minds blown by “Kung Fury,” a 30-minute homage to all things ’80s — from Chuck Norris to Cannon films, “Street Fighter” graphics to its synthesizer pop score. After premiering last Friday in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, the short hits YouTube this Thursday, and the world will never be the same. Here’s 10 reasons why:
1. It Takes a Foreigner to Truly Appreciate the Insanity of American ’80s Entertainment
Writer-director David Sandberg was born in Sweden. “My family didn’t have cable when I grew up, so I missed out on a lot on the great television shows from the ’80s, »
- Peter Debruge
Cary Fukunaga was going to film Pennywise the clown's Derry-based reign of terror this summer, but it's now been revealed that Fukunaga has left the director's chair of New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It, with principal photography delayed as a result.
TheWrap reports the news of Fukunaga's departure from It, revealing that the True Detective director felt creatively compromised as the film approached the start of filming in mid-June. Production on the It movie is now postponed and it's not certain how soon Fukunaga will be replaced or when production on the project will move forward.
Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema (which took on the It film last May) recently requested budget cuts on the adaptation of Stephen King's It (initially approved for a $30 million budget) and are strongly considering trimming the project down to one film, which conflicted with Fukunaga and Chase Palmer's ambitious two-movie screenplay adaptation of the epic 1986 novel. »
- Derek Anderson
It terrible news, acclaimed "True Detective" and "Jane Eyre" helmer Cary Fukunaga has dropped out of his proposed two-film adaptation of Stephen King's horror tale "It" after being attached to the project for three years.
Fukunaga was adamant that this adaptation of King's 1986 novel, which clocks in at a whopping 1,138 pages, had to be told across two films. The story follows a group of outcast kids who come together over summer break to take on a monster killing people in their town.
Studio New Line was said to be considering making only one movie due to financial concerns. As they could not agree on a budget, he and the studio clashed which ultimately led to him departing the project this holiday weekend.
Filming was slated to begin this Summer but that has now stalled. What this means for Fukunaga and Chase Palmer's script is unknown, or the already »
- Garth Franklin
New Line’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” has lost its director.
“It” was set to be split up into two films, and sources say New Line was considering making only one movie due to budget concerns. Fukunaga, however, was adamant about making two pics. They could not agree on a budget, causing Fukunaga to clash with the studio.
Production was originally set to move forward this summer, but is now stalled.
Fukunaga came on board to the project in 2012, when it was set up at Warner Bros. before moving to New Line. »
- Alex Stedman
According to Variety, 22-year-old British actor Will Poulter (The Revenant, Son of Rambow, The Maze Runner, The Chronicles of Narnia, We’re the Millers) has been cast as Pennywise the clown in New Line's remake of It, which will be directed by Cary Fukunaga. Tim Curry terrified an entire generation back in 1991 when he played the murderous demon, who disguised himself as a clown to lure children to their doom. Apparently older actors such as Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn were considered initially, but after being blown away by Poulter's audition New Line and Fukunaga decided to go a different route. Fukunaga also penned the screenplay along with Chase Palmer, and Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg will produce through their KatzSmith banner. The plan is to split King's 900 page novel into two films. »
Actor Will Poulter is in negotiations to play the evil clown Pennywise in New Line Cinema's highly-anticipated remake of Stephen King's It. It has already been confirmed that the adaptation will be split into two feature films, with Will Poulter set to star in both movies. Stephen King's original novel was previously adapted into a three-hour mini-series, which starred Tim Curry as Pennywise.
The original novel follows a group of young friends known as The Losers Club in the 1950s, who manage to fight off an evil demon, posing as a nefarious, child-killing clown known as Pennywise. 30 years later, they are forced to join forces once again when Pennywise re-emerges. The first movie will center on the children's battles with Pennywise, while the second follows the same characters as adults. The production had been considering older actors such as Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn for the Pennywise role, »
Back in March, director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) spoke about the challenges in finding the “perfect Pennywise” for the upcoming two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic It, and now it seems his search is over.
Variety has broke the news that British actor Will Poulter has signed on to play the monster, having impressed Fukunaga with his audition and winning the role ahead of the likes of Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn. Poulter will step into the shoes of Tim Curry, who portrayed the character in the 1991 TV adaptation.
See Also: Seth Grahame-Smith says It movie “will bring back some of the viciousness of the book”
Production on It will get underway in the summer, with the first movie set to follow the characters as children, and part two focussing on them as adults.
- Gary Collinson
Sources tell Variety that Will Poulter (“We’re the Millers”) is in negotiations to play Pennywise, the evil monster who lured in children disguised as a clown, in the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s horror classic.
Fukunaga will direct “It,” which will be split into two feature films.
The original story followed a group of outcast kids who come together over summer break to take on the monster that’s haunting their town, battling their own personal monsters in the process.
King’s popular book was made into a TV miniseries in 1991 starring John Ritter and Tim Curry, who played the clown in terrifying fashion. A film adaptation was never undertaken given the size of the King novel, but Fukunaga has been very vocal recently that the latest script will stay true to the King story while »
- Justin Kroll
What began life as a humble horror property has spawned a bankable franchise, and it’s one that creator Scott Cawthon will look to wind down this Halloween with the conclusive Five Nights at Freddy’s 4.
Not much is known about the final installment in the cult series, other than it sports the moniker The Final Chapter as was revealed in the above promotional artwork. Currently occupying spots on the iTunes paid-for charts, all three entries into the horror franchise have carved out a dedicated fanbase across PC and mobile, and it’s a testimony to the game’s deviously simple set-up that Five Nights at Freddy‘s has continued unabated for no less than four fully-fledged features.
As a matter of fact, the legacy of Cawthon’s property won’t be limited to pixels, as it was confirmed earlier this month that Warner Bros. had acquired the rights for »
- Michael Briers
Revealed at Las Vegas' CinemaCon are release date changes for upcoming films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy varieties, as Universal has pushed back the releases of Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy, and Warcraft. Sony and Screen Gems also recently made a change of their own by slightly bumping up the theatrical debut of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Initially scheduled to come out on February 19th, 2016, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now slated to hit theaters a few weeks earlier on February 5th, 2016.
In the film, “the heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”
- Derek Anderson
Carl Ellsworth, who has written the upcoming Goosebumps film, is a consistent writer in Hollywood and has penned the scripts for films such as Disturbia and the remake to The Last House on the Left. He will work from a previous draft by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).
A mooted remake/reboot of Gremlins has been mooted for many years, with many rumours at one point or another pointing to a sequel rather than a remake, but now it seems Warner’s are set on refreshing the franchise which has laid dormant since 1990’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
- Scott J. Davis
Ellsworth is the latest screenwriter to be attached to the horror comedy remake, Deadline reports.
30 years since Gremlins: Stars of the Christmas cult classic then and now
Gremlins looks to be progressing again after 'running out of steam' earlier this year.
Previous writer Seth Grahame-Smith revealed that the project wasn't moving ahead back in January.
Watch a trailer for the original Gremlins below: »
Back in January, we reported that the Gremlins reboot is on "indefinite hold," with producer Seth Grahame-Smith claiming that the project simply "ran out of steam." Today, Deadline reports that the project is moving forward once again, hiring screenwriter Carl Ellsworth (Goosebumps) to pen the script. We first reported on the project back in May 2013, when both Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were brought on to produce, but neither of them were mentioned in this new report, so it's possible that they may be off the project entirely.
The site also reports that Chris Columbus, who wrote the 1984 original, will serve as a producer alongside original executive producer Steven Spielberg, but no story details were given on this reboot. Chris Columbus was at one time believed to be directing, although studio sources say that isn't happening at this point. It isn't known if a full screenplay was ever written before Carl Ellsworth came on board, »
Warner Bros.’ remake of its eighties monster classic Gremlins has been through the ringer, but its long, arduous path to the big screen has taken a giant leap forward today. Even though January brought word that the movie was effectively dead in the water, Deadline reports that the studio has hired a new writer to punch up the project. Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye) has been contracted to pen this contemporary take on the story, which will likely involve the cute mogwai Gizmo, an irresponsible owner and a batch of malevolent gremlins.
The report goes on to confirm that Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg will both team up to produce. Previously, we’d heard that Joe Dante, who directed the 1984 movie and its sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch in 1990, was not interested in returning to the director’s chair. As that’s still thought to be the case, Deadline »
- Gem Seddon
Color me shocked: the Gremlins remake is gaining momentum once again. In an era where TV shows like Coach and Full House are being given the redo treatment, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. hasn’t given up on a new adaptation of Joe Dante’s 1984 classic. The most recent iteration of the project had Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) producing and bringing an idea to Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus—who scripted the first film—but he recently said the project “ran out of steam.” Well it looks as though Warner Bros. has found plenty more steam to throw into the property, as Deadline reports that Disturbia screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has been tapped to pen the screenplay for the Gremlins remake, with Columbus and Spielberg producing. Ellsworth’s credits include the remakes The Last House on the Left and Red Dawn, as well as the upcoming Goosebumps, so his »
- Adam Chitwood
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Warner Bros. has snapped up the rights to Scott Cawthon’s creepy horror series Five Nights at Freddy’s, with Roy Lee, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith on board to help shepherd the idiosyncratic project to the silver screen.
In a separate statement, Grahame-Smith and Cawthon touched upon the video game franchise’s innate cinematic tendencies, and how Five Nights at Freddy’s will introduce moviegoers to a very particular slice of terror.
“We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie,” said Grahame-Smith.
Cawthon went on to say, “the story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to.”
Not word yet on any casting information, though it’s understood the project is being shopped to »
- Michael Briers
The indie horror title has worked up a deal with WB to become a movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, indie horror game Five Nights At Freddy's will join Minecraft in becoming WB's latest movie adaptation.
So far that is pretty much all we know. The film has Roy Lee (The Departed, The Lego Movie) and Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions (the upcoming Beetlejuice sequel) as producers, but so far no rumored cast, director, or writers are being hinted at.
The studio is said to be working closely with Scott Cawthon, the creator of the game, but that is about as much as we know. Perhaps Chucke E. Cheese's will be the set? Who knows.
The game revolves around a person taking place as a security guard and as the night goes on some creepy stuff happens. Eventually you will get jump scared by robotic characters and die. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dustin Spino)
You might have seen your birthday party reflected in their gleaming surfaces once upon a time. As they sang, their glazed eyes may have caught your own lively ones, and perhaps you noticed a little life in the pupils of the animatronic animal on stage. In the Five Nights at Freddy's video game, those robotic performers walk and kill at night, and Warner Bros. has taken notice of this creepy premise, as they have acquired the adaptation rights to the popular survival horror game. In our latest round-up, we also take a look at the release information for Arrow Video's Blu-ray / DVD of 1980's Contamination.
Five Nights at Freddy's: The Hollywood Reporter reveals that a Five Nights at Freddy's feature film adaptation is in development at Warner Bros.
- Derek Anderson
Despite Joe Dante having no involvement and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith saying the reboot was in a "holding pattern", Warner Bros is moving forward with their new version of Gremlins and have a new writer on board to script it. Deadline reports that the studio has selected Carl Ellsworth to write a new draft of the Gremlins reboot which is being produced by Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus. Spielberg executive produced the original Gremlins and Columbus served as »
- Alex Maidy
Five Nights at Freddy’s is the latest interactive horror sensation, so naturally Hollywood wants to send it to the big screen. THR reports that producers Roy Lee (Dark Water), Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg (the It remake) are teaming up produce the video game adaptation. For those who haven’t played the game, THR breaks it down pretty well: The game takes place in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a darker version of Chuck-e-Cheese, where an animatronic animal band performs kiddy songs by day, and goes on murderous rampages by night. The goal of the game is survive a night locked inside, knowing that a furry death machine might jump out of the dark at any moment. The challenge of the game is that you have to choose between watching the monitors to see how the animatronic terrors are moving or using power to keep the door locked. »
- Matt Goldberg
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