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NBC has handed out a pilot production commitment to "Brides," a high-concept gothic soap drama from playwright and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("Looking," "Carrie") and TV producer Greg Berlanti ("Supergirl," "The Flash").
Set in contemporary New York, the project re-imagines Bram Stoker's "Dracula" novel and follows the idea that the vampire's three powerful female vampire brides weren't killed by Van Helsing. Instead, they survived for centuries and are now living in New York City.
The story will follow how the characters maintain wealth, prestige, legacy and their very non-traditional family. Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will executive produce.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The prolific writer and producer is working with Archie Comics big-wig Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to develop an NBC television series about the brides of Dracula. They’re currently working on a pilot episode.
In the original Bram Stoker novel, Dracula’s wives (who had the ability to put men into a trance-like state) were eventually killed by Van Helsing, but this new series – should it get past the pilot stage – will reimagine their lives as something of a ‘a hot Gothic soap drama.’
Berlanti and Aguirre-Sacasa will produce the show, which is going under the title Brides. The pair previously »
Think a Brides of Dracula TV show sounds like a cool idea? Well, check out the description first! NBC's Brides is being touted as "a sexy reimagining of Dracula as a family drama with a trio of strong, diverse female leads, a show about empowered women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their non-traditional family." Sounds a bit too close to Charmed with added bloodsucking, but we'll see. The show is being penned by playwright, screenwriter and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and produced by Greg Berlanti; who should need no introduction to Dctv fans. Dracula's brides have been almost as prevalent in popular culture as the man himself, appearing in various movies, comic books and novels over the years. Do you guys think Brides has potential? Sound off below. »
Because Greg Berlanti didn’t have quite enough on his plate… the prolific TV producer (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Mysteries of Laura) is teaming with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee) on Brides, a gothic soap drama inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula.
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According to our sister site Deadline, the potential NBC series would be based on the three brides of Dracula, who appear in literature as beautiful, powerful vampire “sisters” who reside with the Count in Transylvania, seducing men before killing them.
Although the women are vanquished by Van Helsing in the source material, Brides »
According to Playbill, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer of the Afterlife with Archie comic book series and the forthcoming American Psycho musical) is working on the pilot for a new TV series called Brides. The show, which has received a pilot production commitment from NBC, will answer this question: "what if the brides of Dracula hadn't been staked and decapitated by Abraham Van Helsing?"
Set in modern-day New York City, Brides will follow the three vampire sisters through the lens of an unconventional family drama.
The brides of Dracula have been portrayed numerous times onscreen, including 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula, 1931's Dracula, 1977's Count Dracula, 1973's Bram Stoker's Dracula, and 2004's Van Helsing (pictured above). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the Brides TV series. »
- Derek Anderson
The story, by Aguirre-Sacasa, is said to show diverse female characters struggling to hold onto their wealth and family heritage. The project comes via Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions. Exec producrs are Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti and Berlanti Prods.’ Sarah Schechter.
This adaptation, news of which was first reported by Deadline, is another example of projects tied to historical novels. CW is developing a “hyper-stylized, gritty” dystopian look at “Little Women.” Showtime’s Victorian-set psychological thriller “Penny Dreadful” regularly features characters based on literary figures, and season three will include Dr. Henry Jekyll. Fox’s upcoming drama “Lookinglass,” which was previously titled “The Frankenstein Code,” is inspired by the »
- Whitney Friedlander
What if Van Helsing hadn’t killed the Brides of Dracula? Deadline reports that NBC has given a pilot production commitment to Brides of Dracula, a new series from writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (The Town That Dreaded Sundown, “Glee”) and Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Supergirl”). Set to be written by Aguirre-Sacasa, the series is described as “a sexy…
The post Brides of Dracula TV Series Gets Pilot Commitment at NBC appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Spencer Perry
Exclusive: What if Van Helsing did Not kill the three brides of Dracula? What if they survived for centuries and are now living in New York City? That is the basic premise of Brides, a hot gothic soap drama from playwright, screenwriter and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and top TV producer Greg Berlanti, which has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Written by Aguirre-Sacasa, Brides is described as a sexy reimagining of Dracula as a family drama… »
Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
What do you get if you remake a movie, but in truth make it more of a sequel to the original? The answer is The Town that Dreaded Sundown, a film that ends up being a likeable oddity, even if a little generic in terms of being a horror…
65 years after a masked serial killer terrorised the small town of Texarcana, the killing returns to strike again. Jami (Addison Timlin) a victim who manages to escape his initial attack becomes obsessed with discovering who the killer is. Is it a copycat killer? Or has the ghost returned to remind the people of the town of his past deeds?
- Paul Metcalf
With their movie plans in flux, Archie and the gang have set their sights on Broadway, where balloon-speaking characters based on regular folks (Annie, Charlie Brown, Li’l Abner) tend to fare better than superheroes (Superman, Spider-Man). Writer-director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) and Funny Or Die productions have joined forces with Archie Comics’ CEO Jon Goldwater and Cco Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (who attempted a salvage operation on the ill-fated Spider-Man… »
Take another look @ Mad Magazine's classic 1954 "Archie" parody "Starchie", by Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder, on the news that producer Greg Berlanti of "Arrow" fame, is developing the TV series "Riverdale", using "Archie Comics" characters , with "...a twisted 'Twin Peaks' influence...":
"...Twin Peaks had some very funny black humor stuff to it.
"Obviously it was very serious as well. So that kind of balance is what we’re going to try to strike with the show..."
"Starchie" featured the characters 'Starchie Standrews', 'Bottleneck', 'Mr. Weathernot', 'Salonica', 'Biddy' and 'Wedgie Van Smelt'.
"...'Bottleneck' frames 'Starchie' so that Starchie goes to prison and Bottleneck can take over the girls and rackets at the 'Riverdale' high school..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the original "Riverdale" TV Pilot, »
- Michael Stevens
There's never been a better time to be a fan of Archie comics. In addition to the decades of great back issues in existence, exciting new crossovers continue to come out as well, including Dark Horse's brilliant four-part Archie vs. Predator series. At Comic-Con, Daily Dead had a chance to catch up with Archie vs. Predator writer Alex de Campi, who discussed bringing a teenage Predator into Riverdale to hunt Archie and his pals.
How did the idea of bringing a Predator into Archie's world originate?
Alex de Campi: The Archie bullpen. I wish I could say I was the person crazy enough to think it up, but Archie had done Glee, which got Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa into it, because he was a Glee writer, too, and then he did Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and became their creative director and good things happened. Then »
- Derek Anderson
The CW seems a fitting home for Riverdale, the new hour-long drama based on the iconic Archie comics. It is coming from executive producer Greg Berlanti, who has found tremendous success on the network with his DC Comics series Arrow and The Flash. Riverdale was originally set up at Fox, where it was in the process of being developed, but has now moved to the home of Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries.
Riverdale is a planned subversive take on the wholesome town and its residents. These include Archie characters Archie, Betty, Veronica, Moose, Jughead and even Josie and the Pussycats. It's too early to tell if we'll get to see the ultimate DC/Archie crossover, but those talks will surely start happening once the show hits the air. Archie Comics' chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is penning the pilot script, with Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater also serving as executive producers. »
Archie Comics has announced today at the San Diego Comic-Con that its upcoming live-action series Riverdale has moved from Fox to The CW, with Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) remaining on board as producer and Archie’s Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa penning the pilot. Here’s some concept art for the series, from Veronica Fish…
“The CW is a perfect for for the vibe and tone of the Riverdale series,” said Archie Comics CEO/Publisher, Jon Goldwater. “We couldn’t be in better hands. Working with WB, Greg Berlanti and having Roberto involved has made this a dream project come to life. This is a major, major thing for this company.”
The news comes on the back of this week »
- Gary Collinson
Exclusive: Riverdale, a one-hour drama based on the iconic Archie comic book characters, has moved to CW. The subversive take on the well-known franchise’s wholesome town of Riverdale and residents Archie, Betty, Veronica, as well as Josie and the Pussycats, originally was being developed at Fox. Greg Berlanti still is exec producing via Berlanti Productions, in association with Warner Bros TV. Archie Comics’ chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is writing the… »
Cinematographer Will McCrabb just dropped a tweet with the following news about the famed "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" director - it seems he's ready to move on his follow-up film after "Interstellar".
McCrabb says Nolan has finished a "comprehensive draft" of the screenplay for the. Sadly there's no further details available. [Source: Twitter]
"The Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson may have gotten into trouble during an interview with Conan O'Brien last night. There have been rumors about Lionsgate potentially continuing the franchise beyond "Mockingjay Part 2" in some way, though it's not sure how.
O'Brien asked if they'd heard anything to which Hutchinson started saying: "There is..." before covering his mouth and then saying "I'm sorry, I can't say that. We'll see what happens" as a wide-eyed Jennifer Lawrence looked on. O'Brien pressed him further but nothing more came out. [Source: Team Coco]
The CW has taken over "Riverdale, »
- Garth Franklin
As Archie Comics prepears to launch its flagship title with Archie #1 this Wednesday [check out a preview here], the publisher has announced its plans for the San Diego Comic-Con this week, with a number of panels and signings, as well as some Sdcc exclusives.
Archie Forever, Friday, 7/10/15, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 4
Hot off the blockbuster launch of the first Archie #1 in over 75 years, this is one panel Archie fans can’t miss! Get exclusive news on the Archie Horror titles, the new Jughead ongoing series, and more! The panel features Jon Goldwater (co-ceo/publisher), Victor Gorelick (co-president/editor-in-chief), Mike Pellerito (president), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer/writer of Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Mark Waid (writer of Archie), Chip Zdarsky (writer of Jughead), Adam Hughes (writer/artist Betty & Veronica), Dan Parent (writer/artist, Life With Kevin, Archie vs. Sharknado), Anthony C. Ferrante (writer of Archie vs. Sharknado), and »
- Gary Collinson
Have you seen the original version of The Town That Dreaded Sundown? It pretty much hit the sweet spot of Southern horror / low-budget "truthfulness," as director Charles B. Pierce gave the material a faux-documentary look and appeal that helped distinguish it back in 1976, telling the supposedly true story of a serial killer who stalked lover's lanes in 1946 Arkansas. Even though I'm a huge fan of 1970s cinema, I have to admit that the original is showing its age; the tone veers all over the place, for one thing. That made it ripe for a thoughtful remake and -- surprise! -- that's what it got last year, courtesy of director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Our own Andrew Mack saw it at the...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Visual Entertainment Inc. Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Earl E. Smith. Cast: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson and Travis Tope. A new slasher is set to release this summer. The horror film is titled The Town that Dreaded Sundown. Astute horror film fans will realize that this is the second film to be based on the "Moonlight Murders." In 1946, a serial killer stalked the local lovers of Texarkana. He killed eight and assaulted several more. He was never caught. In the latest version of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("American Horror Story") tries to bring some fictional closure to events, which took place over sixty-nine years ago. Though, the real life murders are more horrifying than the ones shown here. This latest film is an homage to the 1976 original film; but, it lacks any real terror. »
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The first official clip for The Gallows has been revealed courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures UK. Also in this round-up: The Town That Dreaded Sundown Blu-ray and DVD details and news on the release of Supernatural Mystery Minis.
The Gallows: A Blumhouse film from Warner Bros. Pictures, The Gallows hits theaters in the U.S. on July 10th. Written and directed by Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, The Gallows stars Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, and Pfeifer Brown.
"Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone."
Trailer from MTV:
- Tamika Jones
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