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If Hollywood thought last weekend was frightening at the box office, just wait until Halloween hits.
Studios are still smarting from a brutal period that saw four new films and the expansion of “Steve Jobs” crash and burn at multiplexes. It’s scary out there. Pictures like “The Last Witch Hunter” and “Jem and the Holograms” were roundly rejected by audiences and are unlikely to turn a profit. There won’t be much relief this weekend, as “Burnt” and “Our Brand of Crisis” are expected to deliver muted openings.
The problem is that Halloween falls on a Saturday, which is typically the strongest day for moviegoing.
“A lot of studios aren’t even releasing horror movies, because they’re not confident people will cancel their plans,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “People are going to dress up and go out on Saturday. They’re not going to the movies. »
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Eyre (pictured) won the Sundance Audience Award and Filmmaker’s Trophy for his 1998 entry Smoke Signals and will direct from an adapted screenplay by John Sayles. Villard optioned the 1972 novel from the author’s estate late last year.
Soul Catcher charts the abuse of Native Americans and an activist’s attempt to even the score by kidnapping the son of a Washington politician.
“I’m so excited to have assembled this all-star team to translate Frank Herbert’s brilliant novel to the screen,” said Villard.
“There is no better director of Native American films than Chris; John has an incredibly rich history of writing socially important screenplays and Rene [Hayes] is hands-down the leading casting director of Native American films and actors.
“We now have »
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