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Chronicle screenwriter and A-class nerd Max Landis, son of director John Landis, recently gave his father a birthday present he won’t soon forget. In a homemade (or sweded, if you prefer) version of An American Werewolf in London, the elder Landis’ 1981 film, the younger Landis re-creates the famous transformation scene. This is amazing because papa Landis won critical acclaim for the sequence (spooky in its realism, for the time), featuring Oscar-winning special effects by Rick Baker. Young Landis remade the scene shot for shot, depicting David Naughton’s character’s visceral transformation into a howling werewolf. You can watch the homemade scene alone and in a side-by-side comparison, below. The plastic Dracula teeth and stuffed-animal effects...
- Alison Nastasi
"Beware the Moon…"
Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis stars in the latest Homemade Movie from CineFix, which features the horrifying transformation scene from the classic film American Werewolf in London. You can tell they had a ton of fun making this video and love the homemade effects used to bring the scene to life. What brings this video full circle in the fact that Max's dad John Landis was the director of the the original movie. I also included comparison and behind-the-scenes videos.
- Joey Paur
The transformation scene in John Landis' classic An American Werewolf in London is to this day one of the horror genre's finest moments and a true benchmark in practical effects work. Time to take a truly loving look at it!
Director Travis Betz (Joshua) got together with John's son, Max Landis (who stars in the short below), and Cinefex to do a homemade reenactment of the iconic and infamous transformation. The results are pretty friggin' hilarious. Check it out!
In case you've been living under a rock or are too young to know any better, the iconic film follows two American college students, Jack and David, as they backpack across the moors of England. On a misty, full-moon night, the men are attacked by a supernatural creature that kills Jack and taints David with its horrific curse.
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- Steve Barton
He last appeared in a short-lived BBC Four series starring comic actor Stephen Mangan. Now Douglas Adams’ literary anti-hero Dirk Gently is to cross the pond for a second stab at small screen success courtesy of an adaptation by Chronicle writer Max Landis (pictured). Following the adventures of a detective who utilizes the principles of quantum mechanics in order to solve the unfathomable, the UK version featured original scripts by Howard Overman (Misfits). It is unclear whether the Us effort will be a straight (in as much as Adams can be seen as straight) take on the books or if the concept is being fleshed out for potential pick-up. The novels were also realized on radio by another Dirk (as in Maggs), who cast Harry Enfield in the title role.
A clear fan, Landis has enthused about the prospect of bringing Gently to the grindstone of a bigger marketplace:
- Steve Palace
The character was created in 1991 by Douglas Adams in his graphic novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. The story revolves around a holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural.
Landis most recently wrote films such as Frankenstein with with Daniel Radcliffe and American Ultra with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. This will be the second time that Dirk Gently has been adapted for TV. It was also brought to life as a British TV series on BBC Four from 2010-12. The photos used in this post are from that series.
There's a lot of comic book characters being adapted for the small screen these days, and this sounds like it could »
- Joey Paur
(Cbr) Idw Entertainment has hired "Chronicle" screenwriter Max Landis to adapt Douglas Adams’ 1987 novel "Dirk Genty’s Holistic Detective Agency" and its sequel "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" for television, The Live Feed reports. Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert on board to produce. "Dirk Gently" is described as a “thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic.” Adams died before completing the third "Dirk Gently" novel, "The Salmon of Doubt," which was published posthumously in its incomplete form. "Dirk Gently" has previously been adapted for other mediums, including for BBC Radio in 2007, and for television in the United Kingdom in 2010. The project is the latest in a series of announcements from Idw Entertainment, which launched in October. The division is also developing an adaptation of Jonathan Maberry’s "V-Wars" comic series. Idw Entertainment was also a partner with Xbox Entertainment on an adaptation of "Winter World," but following the massive layoffs at Xbox Entertainment, »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
Dirk Gently is a private eye with a psychic edge and a love for cats and pizza. He’s showcased in two novels from the late, legendary author Douglas Adams, and now Dirk will be visiting the small screen and the paneled page, with a new Dirk Gently television show and comic book series announced by Idw Entertainment and Ideate Media, with Max Landis (Chronicle) set to executive produce the series and pen the pilot.
Douglas Adams, perhaps best known for writing the popular The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, wrote two Dirk Gently novels on which the show and comic books will be based upon: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988). Adams was working on a third Dirk Gently novel when he passed away in 2001.
In addition to being adapted for the stage and radio, Dirk Gently was portrayed »
- Derek Anderson
"Chronicle" scribe Max Landis is teaming with Idw for a TV series adaptation of Douglas Adams' 1991 "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" graphic novel and its sequel "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul".
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" author Adams created the story of the titular holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural. Dave Alpert will produce the new series.
The property was already adapted for TV by the BBC with an hour-long pilot in 2010 followed by three episodes in 2012. That version starred Stephen Mangan as Gently, Darren Boyd as Macduff and Helen Baxendale as Susan.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Max Landis is teaming with Idw to bring supernatural detective Dick Gently to the small screen. Idw and Ideate Media have optioned worldwide rights to Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency novels. The character was first introduced in 1991 with Adams' graphic novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. The story centers on the titular holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural. Idwe and Ideate have formed a partnership to co-fund development and co-produce with the plan to secure a direct-to-series commitment. Circle of Confusion will executive produce. Landis, who has become a
- Lesley Goldberg, Tatiana Siegel
Though he may not be quite as well known as the Hitchhikers gang, Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently remains a popular character and one who has been adapted several times in different formats, most recently for the BBC with Stephen Mangan in the title role. Now Chronicle writer and Twitter chatterbox Max Landis is taking on the first script for a new version.Comics publisher Idw is spearheading the new project under a TV deal it made back in October. There are few details about what the show will actually entail, but its concept will naturally be drawn from Adams’ 1987 tome Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and its 1988 follow-up The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul. Both books follow Dirk, a man who investigates cases based on what he calls the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things.” He often works routine jobs, but also specialises in more supernatural and time-twisting fare. »
Video Games: The Movie, 2014
Written and directed by Jeremy Snead
Video Games: The Movie, a feature length documentary, aims to educate & entertain audiences about how video games are made, marketed, and consumed by looking back at gaming history and culture through the eyes of game developers, publishers, and consumers.
Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Video Games: The Movie is a documentary that charts the history of video games before focusing on the cultures that it created and where the medium can go from here. It’s incredibly interesting and very well put together with some decent interviews, but feels a bit lacking in certain places.
Video Games: The Movie wants to be more than just a history of the medium, which is very admirable, but it does cover the very early beginnings of video games before briefly chronicling the rise and fall of Atari all the way to present day. »
- Luke Owen
Video Games: The Movie takes a breezy tour of history, but shows mainstream gaming in a less than favourable light, Ryan writes...
There is no propaganda in the Star Wars movies. You don't see posters devoted to praising Emperor Palpatine's benign leadership. You don't see adverts or bill board posters positioning Darth Vader as a wheezing man of the people.
But if you did see propaganda in the Star Wars universe, it might look a little bit like Video Games: The Movie - a slickly-produced, 105-minute hymn to an industry that is itself an all-conquering empire. Valued at approximately $66bn in 2013, gaming is now the most lucrative form of entertainment on the planet - and filmmaker Jeremy Snead's documentary charts the medium's rise with unquestioning fervour, from its bleeping, rudimentary inception in the middle of the 20th century to its technically astonishing achievements in the present.
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A month ago, Nikki Finke, former Deadline head honcho, launched her new website, nikkifinke.com. To kick things off she posted several sexy "scoops" about high-profile Hollywood projects. On June 17th, Finke posted, "I’ve just heard that screenwriter Max Landis ("Chronicle") is working on a new draft for Ghostbusters 3 with a three-week turnaround." This "scoop" was quickly debunked by Max Landis via Twitter. Now, the NY Post is reporting how Finke became a victim of a hoax. Sources say Finke last month received at least five e-mails through her tip line with detailed info about Landis and the “Ghostbusters” sequel, including that studio brass was impressed with footage from Landis’ upcoming adaptation of “Frankenstein,” as well as other particulars. Dangling the carrot further, one “tipster” claimed Deadline was running the Landis story the next day. Another begged Finke not to run the story as it was promised exclusively to Variety. »
We've known since May that a new Power Rangers movie is now in development, and while it was initially rumored that it would be Max Landis writing the screenplay for the project, only today do we know who will actually be holding the pen. News has come down that Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, best known as the writers behind X-Men: First Class and the first Thor, have been hired to bring the mighty morphin team to the big screen. The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which also adds that Roberto Orci has come aboard the new incarnation of Power Rangers as an executive producer. The Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer will also be helping Miller and Stentz crack the story for the movie - though it appears that Orci's job in the writing department ends there. The film is being developed by Lionsgate in partnership with Saban Brands, »
Ghostbusters will return to UK cinemas later this year to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The '80s classic, which already had an August 29 Us re-release confirmed, will screen theatrically in the UK for one day only on Tuesday, October 28.
The remastered and restored version will be shown on the big screen in 4K following the September 1 release of the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition and Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray.
Ghostbusters 30th anniversary: 30 things you never knew
"Ghostbusters is still one of our studio's most beloved franchises - I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it's a real thrill for me to see that it's still connecting with audiences everywhere, »
What scares Erik Weisz—better known as escape artist extraordinaire Harry Houdini? A lot of things, according to this promo for History’s upcoming bio-miniseries: drowning, heights, crowds. Even so, it’s clear that the father of modern stage magic doesn’t let dread get the best of him: “Some fears you face head-on,” he says in the following exclusive video, thoughtfully waving a pair of handcuffs. “Some you take to your grave.”
- Hillary Busis
The first rule of hipster fight club: Hipster fight club must know about hipster fight club before it's cool. Screenwriter Max Landis "gathered acquaintances, friends both casual and close, paired them randomly, put them in a void, and asked them to hit each other in the face," according to his YouTube account. That's it, really. The result is a hilarious doubling of that viral "First Kiss" video that went around a while back. And, as Landis puts it, "No one was pressured, and everyone was hit as hard as They asked to be hit." So that's nice. And although we're »
- Alex Heigl
A couple of months ago, a video of 20 strangers kissing for the first time hit YouTube and caused a stir by featuring same sex couples locking lips. With 84 million hits to it's credit, the video was ripe for parody. Who better than renowned button pusher Max Landis to come up with the best one. Landis, best known as the screenwriter on Chronicle, has made a name for himself online with his very frank perspective on films and the current state of Hollywood. For his video project, he »
- Alex Maidy
We are nostalgic to a fault.
That’s the thought that keeps ringing through my mind as I swim through the wake of remakes, reboots, and re-imaginings being put into production time and again. We’re living in the age of the franchise wars where studios only want to commit money to known properties. Hollywood is risk averse and new intellectual properties are about as likely to be given the green light as a Joe Ezsterhas biopic starring Dog the Bounty Hunter.
In previous columns I’ve referred to the current state of Hollywood as ‘Zombie Cinema’, where every dead franchise now has a chance to be resurrected. We’re living in an age where fans and filmmakers seem almost desperate to not let go of the properties they once loved. A generation of audiences who want nothing but the »
- Anghus Houvouras
Earlier in the week former Deadline editor-in-chief Nikki Finke dropped a scoop claiming that Max Landis (Chronicle) had been brought in to work on the script for the long-gestating Ghostbusters 3, only for Landis to immediately shoot the report down as false. However, he has now taken to Twitter to reveal what his pitch for Ghostbusters 3 might have been like…
“Haha a bunch of people asking what my Ghostbusters 3 pitch would’ve been. I never had a full one, just a skeleton I’ve goofed around with. My Ghostbusters 3 began in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor murdering a gluttonous associate to protect his cult after he has a moral objection. Shandor tells the overweight man that nothing can stop the coming of Gozer; first, the gate will open in 1984, then again twenty years later. The fat man, who now has all the details of Shandor’s plans, threatens to go to the police, »
- Gary Collinson
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