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Head back to the late 1980s, and Larry Wilson was on his way to becoming a studio executive. He was working as director of development for Walter Hill at the time, but he had an itch to write. And, teaming up with Michael McDowell, the pair penned Beetlejuice, sold it to The Geffen Company, who in turn got Tim Burton interested.
Larry Wilson recalled this in a chat with us, remembering that he'd beforehand given the script to an executive at Universal, who went on to ask him "why are you going to squander [your career] for this piece of shit?". Wilson had the last laugh there.
Larry Wilson is a man who's had more than one life, it seems. Originally a writer, he then moved to development and the world of studio executives. And then? He moved back to writing, with Beetlejuice, which he also co-produced.
Here, he chats to us about his new webseries Cindy, as well as taking us back to the days of Beetlejuice, of bringing James Cameron to Aliens, and how Young Sherlock Holmes - a film based on his idea - was a disappointment to him.
Oh, and there's that Beetlejuice sequel too...
Let's start with what you're up to now, your webseries Cindy. I understand you pitched it originally to Nickelodeon, but it sounds like a show that's been swimming in your head for a while now. Can you tell us a bit about it? »
Michael McDowell is probably best known for his screenplays for Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but his earlier horror novels are now being rediscovered as masterpieces of Southern Gothic fiction. Both The Elementals and McDowell’s first novel, The Amulet, are now available as paperbacks and e-books from Valancourt Books and they’ve provided us with the prologue from The Elementals:
“After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait. Something that has terrified Dauphin Savage and »
- Jonathan James
Boxing drama depicts the falling out between Barry McGuigan and his manager Barney Eastwood in the 1980s.
UK sales outfit High Point’s Cannes slate includes new boxing drama Thank You Very Much Mr Eastwood, depicting the falling out between world boxing champion Barry McGuigan and his larger than life manager Barney Eastwood in the 1980s.
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Tuesdays are when new books are typically released, and horror fans usually don’t have too much trouble finding something to read. There is Amazon of course and publishers like Samhain and Cemetery Dance…
We also boast authors ranging from "The King" himself to Dan Simmons, Robert McCammon, the late Thomas Tryon, Tim Curran, Aussies Stephen Irwin, Brett McBean, and Aaron Dries as well as Brits such as David Moody, anthologist Stephen Jones, and Mark Morris, to name just a very few.
But what if you long for the paperback originals which seemed to flood bookstores back in the 80s or want to read even earlier horror that is long out of print? What to do? Well, you turn to Valancourt Books to assuage those yearnings. And we recently spoke with Ryan Cagle, one half of the publishing team that brings those long unavailable titles to life for readers to enjoy again, »
Amazon has announced its second slew of pilots set for the “trial-by-viewer” model that will determine if shows get picked up for a full season. The media giant will be releasing five adult dramas and comedies alongside five children’s shows for free on Amazon Instant Video. Among the comedies is “Mozart in the Jungle,” a collaboration between “The Grand Budapest Hotel” actor Jason Schwartzman, writer-director Roman Coppola, and writer-director Alex Timbers. Based on the book by Blair Tindall, the series stars Michael McDowell as a veteran conductor and Gael García Bernal (“The Science of Sleep,” “Y Tu Mamá También”) as the new conductor of the New York Symphony who drives him out. Other comedies on the roster include “The Rebels,” about an ex-cheerleader played by Natalie Zea (“Justified”) who inherits a fictional pro-football team after her husband dies, and “Transparent,” another dysfunctional family series starring “Arrested Development’s” Jeffrey Tambor. »
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