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It very much seems as if Scott Derrickson has been called up to the big leagues for good. The director has a shiny new gig as helmer for 2016's (?) Doctor Strange, and his chiller Deliver Us From Evil is about to open on the Fourth Of July weekend. Everyone is going to want to be in the Scott Derrickson business, so it just makes sense that MGM would enlist the filmmaker to re-ignite one of their most treasured properties, The Outer Limits. Variety reports that Derrickson is coming aboard MGM's The Outer Limits to write and direct the project, which recently had been languishing in development hell. A previous version of this adaptation was being penned by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, arguably the most successful people to come out of Project Greenlight. Apparently, the writers of Saw 3D couldn't earn favor with MGM with their treatment, so Derrickson and »
We just got word that Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts was hired to script Marvel's mystical comic book flick Doctor Strange for director Scott Derrickson. And now the latter filmmaker behind films like Sinister and this summer's Deliver Us from Evil has picked up a different sci-fi film to script as well. Variety reports Derrickson has been hired with Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill to pen MGM's adaptation of The Outer Limits, which has been gestating for four years. Previously, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (writers of four out of the seven Saw flicks and Project Greenlight's Feast) were hired to write it. For those who don't remember, "The Outer Limits" was a TV series that originally aired on ABC from 1963 to 1965 as an anthology of stand alone science fiction episodes similar to "Twilight Zone" (with an equally killer intro) but with less whimsy, more action/danger and of course »
- Ethan Anderton
MGM has spent four years trying to make a movie version of “Outer Limits.” The sci-fi TV series aired from 1963 to 1965 on ABC, with a reboot airing from 1995 to 2002 on Showtime. In 2010, while it was seeking a buyer, MGM hired writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to write an adaptation.
Mark Victor is producing the latest version of “Outer Limits” with Derrickson and Cargill focusing on Harlan Ellison’s “Demon With a Glass Hand” episode. That segment aired in 1964 and centered on a man with a computerized hand and no memory of the previous 10 days who discovers he’s from the future and being hunted by aliens.
- Dave McNary
Hot on the heels of their ambitious horror anthology The ABCs Of Death, Drafthouse producers Ant Timpson and Tim League decided that the world needed another collection of horror shorts spanning every letter of the alphabet – and adventurous horror fans much like myself rejoiced. The ABCs Of Death 2 was greenlit, the directors were selected, and the inevitable waiting game began.
I tried on numerous occasions to extract as much information as possible from contributing artists – Jerome Sable, Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado were tight-lipped in our interviews – but it looks like Magnet and Drafthouse are ready to start opening the floodgate of horrors hiding amidst these 26 short stories that are ready to shock, scare, and revolt viewers in ways the original didn’t dare.
While certain sites were originally given their own exclusive images, we’re now able to collect the smattering of gross faces, forest scenes, and creepy monsters »
- Matt Donato
Way back when, Dread Central favorite Joe Lynch was attached to bring a remake of the William Castle classic The Tingler to the big screen. Alas, it never materialized, but thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, you can now see Lynch's concept boards!
It was around 2009 when this project was lurking about one of the bigger studios out there, and horror's dynamic writing duo, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, had turn in what Lynch called "an amazing script."
Too bad we never got to see this one. Given the principals involved, it could and would still be a home run. Check out the artwork below, and click it for a bigger and better look. The art is by Ken Perkins.
- Steve Barton
Do you remember the HBO series Project Greenlight? It was one of the only reality TV shows that I really enjoyed watching because about something that I was actually passionate about. The show was launched in 2001 and was executive produced and judged by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. I'm happy to say that they are bringing it back!
The show allowed directors and screenwriters to send their work in to producers in hopes of being chosen to make a feature length movie. Producers would take the best from each category and then pair them together to work on the film production.
The series spawned three feature length movies and launched the careers of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who wrote The Collector and some of the Saw films. Horror director John Gulager (Feast, Piranha 3Dd) also got his start on the show. One of the films even featured a young Shia Labeouf and Amy Smart. »
- Joey Paur
It's been nearly a decade since "Project Greenlight" was last on television. The series, which was created and produced by Affleck and Damon, followed a selected filmmaker as he directed his first feature film. "Project Greenlight" ran for two seasons on HBO, in 2002 and 2003, then for a third season on Bravo in 2005.
"Project Greenlight was ahead of its time. Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back," Affleck said. "A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away."
For the fourth season, a digital competition will yield a winner who directs a "Hollywood-vetted" script. And just as before, cameras »
- Kelly Woo
The series originally aired between 2001 and 2005, and followed budding filmmakers given the chance to work on their first feature.
HBO's revived version of Project Greenlight will follow a similar format, but update the process to include digital filmmaking and online distribution.
"A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away. »
Project Greenlight, the documentary series chronicling the search for a first-time director and exploring the filmmaking process, will return to HBO for a new season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Executive producers of the new season include Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who were executive producers of the previous two seasons on HBO in 2001 and 2003, as well as Adaptive Studios' Marc Joubert, Tj Barrack, Perrin Chiles and Marshall Lewy, and Miramax's Zanne Devine. The new season of Project Greenlight will be produced for HBO by Adaptive Studios, Affleck and Damon's Pearl Street Films, and Miramax.
Here's what executive producer Ben Affleck had to say about the show's revival in a statement.
"Project Greenlight was ahead of its time. Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, »
Project Greenlight is coming back, folks. In the midst of the reality TV boom of the late 1990s/early 2000s, HBO got in on the fun with a filmmaker-centric reality show called Project Greenlight. The show offered an inside look at the filmmaking process, as a contest chose a director and writer to bring an original feature film to fruition. The brainchild of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the series ran from 2001-2003 on HBO and then for a third season on Bravo in 2005. After nearly a decade off the air, though, HBO, Affleck, and Damon are reviving the series for a new season. Hit the jump for more. Per THR, Affleck notes that Project Greenlight was ahead of its time, and they figured this was an opportune moment to bring it back “now that technology has caught up to the concept.” Indeed, the advent of digital filmmaking has made »
- Adam Chitwood
HBO is giving a second life to an acclaimed show that ended far too soon. On Wednesday, the network announced plans to revive documentary series Project Greenlight, more than a decade after the program's original run. Produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the series involves the search for a first-time director and chronicles the behind-the-scenes process of turning a script into a feature film.
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HBO is bringing back “Project Greenlight,” the series from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that gave a look at the challenges of a first-time director, the premium cable channel announced Wednesday. It originally ran for two seasons in 2001 and 2003 on HBO.
Damon and Affleck will be back to exec produce, the same role they held during the show’s first run. The show follows the search for a first-time director, beginning with a digital competition, and follows the winner from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production.
“’Project Greenlight’ was ahead of its time,” said Affleck in a statement. “Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away. It is really great having ‘Project Greenlight’ back at HBO. »
- Alex Stedman
HBO has given the greenlight to more "Project Greenlight." The documentary series from returning executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will return for a new season, HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo today announced. "Greenlight" follows the search for a first-time film director and examines all aspects of the filmmaking process from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production. Affleck and Damon executive produced the previous two seasons in 2001 and 2003. However, the duo's former producing partner Chris Moore, who was prominently featured in the first two seasons, on camera and off, is not returning for the new season. A third season aired on Bravo in 2005. Adaptive Studios’ Marc Joubert, Tj Barrack, Perrin Chiles and Marshall Lewy, and Miramax’s Zanne Devine will also serve as exec producers. "'Project Greenlight' was ahead of its time," notes Affleck in a press release. "Now that technology has caught up to the concept, »
- Dave Lewis
After more than a decade off the air, Project Greenlight is coming back. HBO just gave a, well, a greenlight to a new edition of the series, with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon back on board as executive producers.
“Project Greenlight was ahead of its time,” Affleck said. “Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away. It is really great having Project Greenlight back at HBO. »
- James Hibberd
HBO seems to be going through the list of shows it may have short-shrifted for being ahead of their time and giving them a second chance. With a new installment of cult 2005 comedy The Comeback in final negotiations, the pay cable network announced this morning that it will be bringing back 2001 filmmaking documentary series Project Greenlight for a new season. It will be executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, executive producers of the original two seasons. “Project Greenlight was ahead of its time,” Affleck said. “Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away.” It is worth noting that when the first two seasons of Project Greenlight were done more a decade ago, Affleck and Damon were actors-writers. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Getting high and arterial spray. They go together like peanut butter and jelly to the discerning horror fan. Well, okay, maybe not to all of you, but this latest clip from Junk is home to a lot of the red stuff. Grab your mop and check it out!
Junk is directed by Kevin Hamedani (Zombies of Mass Destruction) and features appearances by James Hong, George Hardy, Marcus Dunstan, Anthony Diblasi, Scott Sanders and the actual Critter puppet from Critters 2.
Look for it on DVD Now and on iTunes April 20th from Breaking Glass Pictures.
Kaveh and Raul are two B-movie co-writers who have suffered a bitter falling out. Kaveh's lost his girlfriend and spends his days getting high in his apartment, while Raul is off studying at Columbia University. But when one of their films ("Islama-rama 2") is accepted by a film festival, the two ex-friends are forced to »
- Uncle Creepy
Zombies of Mass Destruction helmer Kevin Hamedani wrote Shock to let us know his latest film Junk is now available and he provided us with a sneak peek clip. "The film is about horror b-movie filmmakers struggling to get their next movie made. It's basically a love letter to horror movies and B-cinema with special appearances by James Hong, George Hardy, Marcus Dunstan, Anthony Diblasi, Scott Sanders and we even got the actual Critter puppet from Critters 2," Hamedani says.
The post A Clip from Junk By the Director of Zombies of Mass Destruction appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
You know what happens, man... you and your buddies are sitting around getting high, and all of a sudden one of you says, "Yeah, man, let's make a horror movie." Sound familiar to you? Then you're bound to find a lot to like in Junk.
It's directed by Kevin Hamedani (Zombies of Mass Destruction) and features appearances by James Hong, George Hardy, Marcus Dunstan, Anthony Diblasi, Scott Sanders and the actual Critter puppet from Critters 2. Look for it on DVD this coming April 20th from Breaking Glass Pictures.
Kaveh and Raul are two B-movie co-writers who have suffered a bitter falling out. Kaveh's lost his girlfriend and spends his days getting high in his apartment, while Raul is off studying at Columbia University. But when one of their films ("Islama-rama 2") is accepted by a film festival, the two ex-friends are forced to tentatively re-connect in order to pitch »
- Uncle Creepy
Why Watch? The upstanding, not at all imbalanced folks at Bloody Cuts recently held a short film competition that revolved around the theme “Who’s There?”. There was a sickening amount of fantastic entries, but this one from Ryan Thompson was chosen by a panel of experts (including me, Joe Dante, Gale Anne Hurd, Drew Daywalt, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and more). Play Time is pure atmosphere. It’s an excellent example of production design and editing meant specifically to unnerve and disarm. The plot is merely a scare delivery device: there’s a ruckus downstairs, so a young woman goes to investigate. Although, if you want to think deeply enough, the creature imagery could be psychologically appropriate for a lone woman in a big house. Probably best to watch this after you’ve brushed your teeth and put on your pajamas. What Will It Cost? About 3 minutes. A New Short Film Every Weekday »
- Scott Beggs
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