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The director of the Evil Dead remake is to bring Monsterpocalypse to the big screen...
A project that seemed to have lived in limbo for much of the time we’ve been doing this very site is a film based on the board game Monsterpocalypse. The closest it came beforehand was back in 2010, when Tim Burton was earmarked to direct the movie. However, it seemed to fall away when Guillermo del Toro pressed ahead with his Pacific Rim project, which had similarities.
But now the movie project is back.
The board game features, at its heart, big monsters fighting each other, and numerous expansion packs have ensured there’s a wide selection of beasts for the film version to feast on.
The classic board game Monsterpocaylpse is getting the movie treatment, something that has been happening a lot in Hollywood with all the movies getting made about classic games and the such. The film is going to have Fede Alvarez at the helm, and he will also help in providing a script for the it along with Rodo Sayagues. Monsterpocaylpse is a board game from Privateer Press that pits humans in robot suits against monsters.
This movie has a lengthy timeline in creative limbo, as it was originally going to be made way back when in 2010, but was halted once Guillermo Del Toro came out swinging with his movie Pacific Rim, a film that Monsterpocalypse shares a lot of strings with. Warner Bros. Pictures wasn't the only studio to try and get Monsterpocaylpse locked in under their blanket, as Paramount and even Sony threw their hats into the ring for a chance at the title. »
- Nicholas Williams
Alvarez will pen the screenplay with his writing partner Rodo Sayagues.
The studio submitted the top bid for the rights package, which also generated bids from DreamWorks and Sony, but has not yet closed the deal.
“Monsterpocalypse” is a board game from Privateer Press that pits monsters against monsters. The game is played on maps, which resemble cities, with monsters battling to the death while destroying the structures.
Privateer Press’ released games include “Rise,” “I Chomp NY,” “All Your Base,” “Monsterpocalypse Now” and the latest series, “Big in Japan.”
Alvarez, a native of Uruguay, broke into Hollywood with the 2009 short “Panic Attack!,” which saw giant robots attacking the Uruguayan capital Montevideo. That led to a gig with Ghost House Pictures to direct 2013’s remake of “Evil Dead. »
- Dave McNary
When book and video game adaptations fail, turn to board games about giant monsters fighting man-made robots in the apocalypse. That’s what a group of big-wig Hollywood studios are thinking it seems, with news coming in that an intense bidding war is underway to net the movie rights for the tabletop game Monsterpocalypse.
Winning the deal will also get them Evil Dead reboot helmer Fede Alvarez, who is attached to not only direct Monsterpocalypse, but co-write the screenplay with writing partner Rodo Sayagues. Apparently Warner Bros., Sony, and DreamWorks are all in the Kaiju scuffle to come out on top for the auction, but no word was given on who might win it all.
The story of the game sounds very Pacific Rim-esque – pitting human-controlled robots against giant evil monsters in an attempt to save the Earth from destruction. That’s the reason Tim Burton’s adaptation of »
- Mitchel Broussard
A bidding war has broken out between Warner Bros. Pictures, DreamWorks and Sony over the upcoming sci-fi action feature based on the board game "Monsterpocalypse".
Now it has picked up steam again with a version said to be substantially different from both the previous iteration and "Pacific Rim," despite retaining the core concept. A fourth studio is also said to be in contention for the project with a deal potentially being made in the next few days.
Alvarez made his breakthrough debut on the popular short film "Panic Attack! »
- Garth Franklin
Centered on thieves who must stay silent to stay alive, Don’t Breathe has made a lot of positive noise at this year’s SXSW. Fans looking forward to seeing the latest film from Evil Dead (2013) director Fede Alvarez can now mark their calendars, as Ghost House Pictures and Screen Gems have announced the movie’s official release date.
Don’t Breathe is scheduled to hit theaters on August 26th, 2016, according to EW, who also revealed the movie’s new teaser poster (shown below).
Synopsis: “A group of teens break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. They’re wrong.”
We’ll keep readers updated on Don’t Breathe as more details are revealed. Daily Dead’s »
- Derek Anderson
Fede Alvarez’s first feature since his effectively grisly 2013 “Evil Dead” remake is a home-invasion thriller in which burglars discover that breaking into a blind recluse’s Detroit house is a lot easier than getting back out alive. Given the somewhat uninspiring moniker “Don’t Breathe” just before its SXSW premiere, the hitherto-untitled pic is a muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril that should please genre fans. Prospects look upbeat for a summer’s-end theatrical launch in various territories.
After a vivid first shot from very late in the action that’s perhaps a bit too much of a spoiler, the script (by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues) rewinds to show our protagonists doing what they do to get ahead in Motor City: breaking into the houses of the wealthy and making off with whatever strikes their fancy, or that they can sell. They’re able to bypass the targets’ security »
- Dennis Harvey
Sleep is just one of those things you can’t seem to find during SXSW, no matter how many times you promise yourself you’ll get eight hours every night. It’s even more dangerous when you’re drinking at a bar and your phone all of the sudden switches from 2am to 3am. Thank you Daylight Savings for ruining my life.
SXSW Day 2 began with me filming B roll for an interview with Tatiana Maslany, which was incredible. The Orphan Black star was as effervescent as you would expect, glowing with the radiance of 1000 suns. This isn’t just me fangirling either; she’s an incredibly sweet and funny person and does not have a bad angle on camera. So that was a bucket list moment that I’ll never ever forget.
After interviewing her, though, I had a strange amount of downtime. I had finished my early morning »
- Jenny Nulf
It’s been three years since Alvarez shocked audiences with his *in my opinion* tremendous Evil Dead “remake.” Three Long years without Alvarez’s unique, effortlessly flowing vision. But, he’s finally back, and ready to torment audiences with a more personal thriller that boasts insane bouts of relentless break-in-turned-break-out tension. Once Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues are able to navigate through a glossed-over setup, shades of 10 Cloverfield Lane shock through the characters’ claustrophobic survival strategies and a dominating antagonistic performance from a lean, and mean, Stephen Lang. I’ve had an entire night’s sleep since my screening, and honestly, I’m still catching my breath.
Dylan Minnette stars as Alex, a Detroit kid who earns extra cash by »
- Matt Donato
It’s hard to believe that another South by Southwest Film Festival is almost upon us, and this year’s lineup is yet another stellar collection of indie films, shorts, documentaries and experiential projects from all over the world. As we prepare to bring our readers extensive coverage over the next week from Austin, here’s a look at the 11 genre-related films and TV shows we’re excited to check out during the festival, which begins on Friday, March 11th.
[Writer’s Note: During Sundance 2016, this writer had the privilege of covering two great genre films: Under the Shadow from Babak Anvari and Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park. Since I had the chance to catch both of these films back in January, I decided it wouldn’t be fair to include them here in my preview piece (however, genre fans attending SXSW should definitely check out both films during the fest, as they are equally incredible).]
Festival Synopsis: From Blumhouse, the film tells the story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen, who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta (World Premiere)
- Heather Wixson
Simply put, the SXSW Film, Music and Interactive Festival is one of the biggest, most prestigious events in the media calendar. Taking place annually in Austin, Texas, it is beloved by film fans and filmmakers from all over the world, and has reached such heights by building a reputation for showcasing excellent content. This results in a high level of competition, with the Narrative Feature category alone having received 1442 submissions this year, and the documentary feature category having received 1,013.
The 2016 event looks to be particularly exciting, with many world premieres and feature debuts already announced. The Narrative Feature category will include Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens, Debra Eisenstadt’s Before The Sun Explodes, Joey Klein’s The Other Half, and Musa Syeed’s A Stray, among others, while the Headliner category will feature Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some.
- Sarah Myles
The Tall Man's sphere is aiming its blades at Austin, as Bad Robot's 4K restoration of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm will screen at South by Southwest 2016 as part of the film festival's recently revealed Midnighters lineup:
From SXSW: "Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.
Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating
The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper. Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert, Michael Villar
- Derek Anderson
SXSW announced Tuesday its Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts Programs and Special Events for its 23rd edition, running March 11-19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The festival opens with the previously announced Richard Linklater comedy-drama “Everybody Wants Some.”
Bell stars in “Carnage Park” from Mickey Keating in which a team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert. Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert and Michael Villar also star.
Rory Culkin stars in the world premiere of “Jack Goes Home” from Thomas Dekker. After his father is killed in a car crash, his character travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. »
- Dave McNary
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