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Former Deadpool 2 director developing live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie

Following the news that Tim Miller had left Deadpool 2 after rumoured creative differences with Ryan Reynolds, it has been announced his next project will be the long-gestating live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which now has a director in Jeff Fowler.

Sonic the Hedgehog will be Fowler’s directorial debut.

“Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts,” Miller said in a statement via THR. “The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character.”

Sonic the Hedgehog will be a live-action/CGI hybrid written by newcomers Patrick Casey and Josh Miller. It is expected to hit cinemas in 2018.

There were plans for a Sonic the Hedgehog movie back in the mid-1990s with Richard Jeffries (Species) penning a script for MGM. The film eventually fell through due to the rushed release of the Sega
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Sonic the Hedgehog getting his first movie in 2018

Having rushed onto video game screens back in 1991, it was always a wonder why Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog never got his own big screen adventure while Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Wing Commander did. Well it was announced last year that Sony had accquired the rights to create a live-action/animation hybrid – and now it has a release date.

While we don’t have an exact date, Sonic the Hedgehog’s first foray into cinema territory will happen in 2018.

Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid Sonic The Hedgehog movie scheduled for release in 2018,” Sega president and CEO Hajime Satomi said. “Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.”

There were plans for a Sonic the Hedgehog movie back in the mid-
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Scarecrows | Blu-ray Review

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At the top of a definite genre shortlist is William Wesley’s 1988 title Scarecrows, a little horror flick about the eponymous objects used to frighten birds away from crops. Unfortunately, to use a cheap analogy, their use as frightful entities on film is parallel to their safeguarding of crops, effective only to the cognitive capabilities of smaller creatures. While Wesley maintains an effective command of ambience throughout this nocturnal jaunt through the vegetation, a bounty of budgetary restraints, strained performances and belabored writing seemingly brought on by a limited concept mark the film as fodder for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 experience.

A band of ex-military criminals heist the Camp Pendleton payroll, take a pilot and his daughter hostage, and make a mad dash through Mexico. However, one of their crew members double crosses them, attempting to murder his cohorts and escape with all the money for himself. This leads
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Bluray Review: Scarecrows

Let’s just be honest and get this one out of the way: you should be doing back-flips over this excellent release from the horror genre’s buddies, Scream Factory. There are fun titles that come out and are enjoyable, and then there are films like 1988’s gory and terrifying Scarecrows, a film so under-appreciated, that this is one of the most important horror releases of the year according to this crazy as hell writer.

Director William Wesley created such an unsettling and downright nasty tale of rogue military criminal getting their just rewards in the form of Satanic farmer scarecrows..that enough is a reason to pick this one up, but hey I’m feeling like having a bit of fun today, so I’ll just have to give you a few other reasons to get this one.

The Film:

Let’s face it: a group of ex-military criminals
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Contest: Win Scarecrows on Blu-ray

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A tough-as-nails team of criminals fight for their lives at a farmyard in Scarecrows. With the 1988 action horror film now available on home media from Scream Factory, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

"After a band of ex-military criminals pulls off a multi-million dollar heist, they hop aboard a plane headed for Mexico. But when one of their own betrays them, they suddenly find themselves on the ground and on the run through a field of scarecrows near an abandoned farmhouse. And as night sets in, the real nightmare begins. The men discover that there's a reason the farmhouse is empty... and now those who thought they were the hunters are being hunted by an unimaginable and malevolent force!"

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Scarecrows.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Scarecrows Contest.
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Scarecrows Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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A tough-as-nails team of criminals find themselves in a fight for their lives at a farmyard in Scream Factory's Scarecrows, hitting Blu-ray on June 2nd. Ahead of the film's home media release, we have three clips and a trailer from Scarecrows.

Synopsis: "After a band of ex-military criminals pulls off a multi-million dollar heist, they hop aboard a plane headed for Mexico. But when one of their own betrays them, they suddenly find themselves on the ground and on the run through a field of scarecrows near an abandoned farmhouse. And as night sets in, the real nightmare begins. The men discover that there's a reason the farmhouse is empty... and now those who thought they were the hunters are being hunted by an unimaginable and malevolent force!

Bonus Features:

New Audio Commentary With Co-screenwriter Richard Jefferies, Director Of Photography Peter Deming And Composer Terry Plumeri Audio Commentary With Director
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Round-Up: Scream Factory’s Scarecrows Blu-ray, History of the Millennium Falcon Infographic, Gremlins ReAction Figures Teased

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A tough-as-nails team of criminals find themselves in a fight for their lives at a farmyard in Scream Factory's Scarecrows, coming out on Blu-ray this summer. We have the Blu-ray's release details and cover art in our latest round-up, as well as a look at a new Star Wars infographic from NeoMam Studios that examines the exciting history of the Millennium Falcon, and Funko's recent reveal of three upcoming Gremlins ReAction figures.

Scarecrows: Press Release - "Trespassers will be violated. Scream Factory proudly presents the action-packed supernatural thriller Scarecrows on June 2, 2015. Making its Blu-ray debut, this release comes packed with new bonus features, including audio commentaries with director William Wesley and producer Cami Winikoff, and interviews with special make-up effects creator Norman Cabrera and actor Ted Vernon. Fans that order from shoutfactory.com will have their copy shipped two weeks early!

After a band of ex-military criminals pulls off a multi-million dollar heist,
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Scream Factory sends Scarecrows your way This June; Bluray packed with Special Features!

Scream Factory is already doing a great job of making 2015 one memorable year for horror fans, with a continual output of genre favorites from cult films like Exterminators Of The Year 3000 to the upcoming releases of not only recent favorites like The Babadook, but genre classics like John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. Coming this June, the gang at Sf plans on continuing that tradition with the June 2nd Bluray release of 1988’s William Wesley-helmed Scarecrows, complete with enough brand new special features to make horror aficionados pleased. Read on!

After a band of ex-military criminals pulls off a multi-million dollar heist, they hop aboard a plane headed for Mexico. But when one of their own betrays them, they suddenly find themselves on the ground and on the run through a field of scarecrows near an abandoned farmhouse. And as night sets in, the real nightmare begins.
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Must-Watch 2010: Top 10 Genre Films

Must Watch 2010

Top 10 Genre Films

2010 has a lot to offer film fans, and we here at Famous Monsters are eager to point out to you, the reader, some of the genre titles we’re most excited about in the coming year. There are loads more films that we are anxious to see, but here’s our top ten Must-Watch Genre Films of 2010:

1. Inception

Release Date: July 16, 2010

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine

Writers: Christopher Nolan

What the hell is this movie about? You know, I have no clue – and I’m absolutely okay with that.

I can’t remember the last time I walked into a movie having no idea what it was really about. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure plenty of Inception will be spoiled by July, but so far I’m
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Test Footage from War Birds

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The official website has released test footage from Michael B. Chait’s first feature attempt in the form of the movie War Birds. From the footage (which I’ve embedded below) it looks like we can expect to see a Top Gun style movie based in an around the Us Airforce in the Second World War with Michael Bay style explosions recently seen on the Victoria Secrets ad!

The website gives us literally no other information on the movie but fortunately, or friend Alex over at FirstShowing.net knows a lot more than we do about the movie:

FirstShowing.net: The story follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot who gets pulled into the world of illegal aerial combat. Shooting is scheduled for next summer in Michigan using real airplanes and aerial sequences. War Birds will be directed by first-time filmmaker Michael Chait. The script was originally written by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder,
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'War Birds' Test Footage Visually Impressive

On Monday we told you about a new action-adventure film entitled War Birds, from first time director Michael Chait. J. Todd Harris, who served as a producer on Bottle Shock, along with Tron Legacy screenwriter Richard Jefferies, are reportedly polishing the script, and, along with Chait, will also produce the film for Michigan-based Tmu Pictures.

Since then, three minutes of test footage for the film have been released on the official site. It's pretty rough footage, without any sort of story, but it's also real airplanes sans CG (so far). Even Michael Bay ought to be impressed with that. To check out the footage, click on the Video tab above.

War Birds follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. Feels like period-reenactment counter-culture Top Gun to us. If we're honest, we're not really quite sure what this story is all about,
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'War Birds' to Blow the Lid Off of ... Underground Aerial Combat?

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'War Birds' to Blow the Lid Off of ... Underground Aerial Combat?
I love reading a plot description for an upcoming project that just stops me dead in my tracks. Here I am scanning casually through my RSS feeds when I come across this bombshell of a plot for War Birds at The Hollywood Reporter:

"Birds follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. Shooting is scheduled for the summer in Michigan using all real airplanes and aerial sequences, including authentic P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs and a B-17 Flying Fortress as well as modern military helicopters and jets."

Yes, you read that correctly. War Birds, which will be directed by a one Michael Chait, is like Top Gun meets The Fast and the Furious. Or Fighting meets Stealth. Or Step up to the Streets 2 meets Hell's Angels. I don't know, there are too many variables there
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Michael Chait Flies Some "War Birds"

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Michael Chait penned the story and will direct the action-adventure film "War Birds" for Tmu Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter

The story follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat.

Josh Staman and Bryan Binder wrote the screenplay which Richard Jefferies ("Tron Legacy") is polishing. Chair, Jeffries and J. Todd Harris will produce.

Filming kicks off this summer in Michigan and will use all real airplanes and aerial sequences.
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Michael Chait Flies Some "War Birds"

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Michael Chait penned the story and will direct the action-adventure film "War Birds" for Tmu Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter

The story follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat.

Josh Staman and Bryan Binder wrote the screenplay which Richard Jefferies ("Tron Legacy") is polishing. Chair, Jeffries and J. Todd Harris will produce.

Filming kicks off this summer in Michigan and will use all real airplanes and aerial sequences.
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It's Time to Kick the Tires and Light the Fires with War Birds!

Never since Top Gun has a film captured the pure adrenaline rush and intensity of fighter jet air combat. Sure sequences in films like Pearl Harbor and Independence Day have been fantastic in themselves, but an entire film has never come close to director Tony Scott's energy rush in the sky. That might all change as THR reports Tmu Pictures is moving forward with a Michael Chait directed action-adventure film War Birds, the story of an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. It's like The Fast and the Furious but with jets! The script was written by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder but writers J. Todd Harris (Bottle Shock) and Richard Jefferies (Tron Legacy) will be polishing the script and also producing this. And while you might think that this will simply be a lot of
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'War Birds' Sitting on the Runway

Aircraft enthusiasts, take note: War Birds, a new action-adventure film featuring real aircraft and aerial stunts, is about to take flight. It will mark the debut feature of Michael Chait, who also wrote the story.

J. Todd Harris, one of the producers of the 2008 wine documentary Bottle Shock, and Tron Legacy screenwriter Richard Jefferies will polish up the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Along with Chait, they will produce the film for Michigan-based Tmu Pictures.

War Birds will revolve around an airman-turned-airshow re-enactment pilot pulled into the underground world of illegal, dangerous real-life aerial combat. Along with modern military helicopters and jets, the air sequences will be shot using authentic P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs and a B-17 Flying Fortress. Shooting is scheduled to begin next summer in Michigan, with Titanic cinematographer Russell Carpenter serving as visual consultant.

Chait, whose resume boasts a number of short films,
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Michael Chait Flying With 'War Birds'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Chait will produce and direct the action-adventure film "War Birds" for Tmu Pictures.

Screenplay was written by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder. J. Todd Harris ("Bottle Shock") and screenwriter Richard Jefferies ("Tron Legacy").

"Birds" follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat.

Shooting is scheduled for the summer in Michigan using all real airplanes and aerial sequences, including authentic P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs and a B-17 Flying Fortress as well as modern military helicopters and jets.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter 

Photo: Boeing 
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'War Birds' film flying at Tmu Pictures

'War Birds' film flying at Tmu Pictures
Tmu Pictures is moving forward with the action-adventure film "War Birds."

Michael Chait wrote the original story and will produce and direct the screenplay written by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder. J. Todd Harris ("Bottle Shock") and screenwriter Richard Jefferies ("Tron Legacy"), who will polish the script, are producing.

Sean Miller and Kyle Heller of Chait's Michigan-based Tmu Pictures also are producing. Marc Marcum will serve as co-producer.

"Birds" follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. Shooting is scheduled for the summer in Michigan using all real airplanes and aerial sequences, including authentic P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs and a B-17 Flying Fortress as well as modern military helicopters and jets.

"Titanic" cinematographer Russell Carpenter will serve as a visual consultant.

"I love big, exciting, action-adventure movies, especially when they are shot live, in camera,
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Tron Legacy Writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz To Write Ouija Board Film

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Tron Legacy Writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz To Write Ouija Board Film
Can I make a confession? I'm not 100% gung-ho about Tron Legacy, as I know other writers and Comic-Con attendees have been. Maybe it's because Tron wasn't a huge part of my childhood, or maybe it's because I was underwhelmed by the footage (or lack thereof) at Comic-Con this year. Either way, what we've seen so far hasn't really tickled my fancy yet, although obviously if the movie (or even the trailer) ends up being completely badass, I'm happy to revise my thoughts. Nonetheless, Disney is certainly positioning the film as a big earner, and it looks like Platinum Dunes sees something in the writing pair of Adam Horowitz and Richard Jefferies, who wrote Tron Legacy's screenplay. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog, the two have been tapped by Universal to write Ouija, their forthcoming adaptation of the Ouija board "game." Yes, this thing is actually happening. We
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'Tron Legacy' gets a release date.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has set a release date for "Tron Legacy." The film directed by Joseph Kosinski will see release on December 17th, 2010. Adam Horowitz, Richard Jefferies, Edward Kitsis, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal write. The 27 year-old son of Kevin Flynn investigates his father's disappearance and finds himself drawn into the same world where his father has been for the last 25 years. Father and son must journey across the dangerous and beautiful world which has grown even more dangerous. The Original Plot: The first film to venture forth inside the previously unexplored three-dimensional realm of computer imagery, Tron dazzles with revolutionary visual effects and mind-bending action sequences. Flynn, a computer whiz who invents video games, finds himself at the mercy of the evil human forces who answer to The Master Control Program...
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