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Lionsgate has acquired the suspense thriller Down a Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortes (Buried) to direct. The young adult novel by Lois Duncan centers on Kit, a new student at Blackwood Boarding School: "It is the opportunity of a lifetime, but Kit quickly realizes something strange is happening behind its walls as she confronts the darkly seductive powers of Blackwood’s headmistress and comes face to face with the supernatural powers that could make her great or destroy her." Michael Goldbach (Daydream Nation) adapted the first draft---Chris Sparling (Buried) has joined the team for additional writing. Stephenie Meyer, Meghan Hibbett, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen will produce Down a Dark Hall. Check out the press release for more details after the break. Lionsgate Acquires Young Adult Suspense Thriller Down A Dark Hall From Fickle Fish And Temple Hill Entertainment Rodrigo CORTÉS Attached To Direct Film Based On »
- Brendan Bettinger
Stephenie Meyer is heading into horror with her next film project - and Lionsgate is getting on board. The studio has acquired "Down a Dark Hall," a film adaptation of the 1974 Lois Duncan novel that the "Twilight" scribe is producing, it was announced today. The book centers on teenage protagonist Kit Gordy as she enters the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, only to come up against supernatural forces within its walls that could ultimately destroy her. Director Rodrigo Cortés ("Red Lights") is set to helm the project from a script by his "Buried" screenwriter Chris Sparling, who will work off a previous draft by Michael Goldbach ("Daydream Nation"). Meyer's previous producing credits include the last two "Twilight" installments as well as "The Host," an adaptation of her sci-fi novel of the same name that suffered from withering reviews and lackluster box office when it was released last March. A number of »
- Chris Eggertsen
According to THR, the studio will adapt the book with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer producing. Cortés is set to direct. Meyer and Meghan Hibbett, who will also produce, optioned the supernatural novel through their Fickle Fish Films last year.
The story follows Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School who confronts the school's supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress.
Michael Goldbach was brought on by Meyer and Hibbett to write the original draft of the screenplay. Chris Sparling, who wrote Gus Van Sant's upcoming Sea of Trees and the thriller Buried, will do additional writing on the script.
Duncan's novels have previously been adapted into films including 1997's slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer »
- Steve Barton
After making an auspicous debut with the claustrophobic Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried, Rodrigo Cortés delivered a wholly disappointing follow-up in the form of Red Lights, a weak alien invasion pic that completely fell apart in its final act. Here’s hoping that the director’s next effort gets him back in our good graces – Lionsgate announced today that it has set Cortés to helm Down a Dark Hall, based on the 1974 Ya novel from I Know What You Did Last Summer author Lois Duncan.
The book, which was initially scripted by Michael Goldbach and is now getting a rewrite by Chris Sparling, is Duncan’s only supernatural thriller. It follows a girl named Kit, who begins to attend the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School but is immediately disturbed by a sense of evil that pervades the place. Quickly, she gets drawn into the supernatural happenings inside Blackwood as she is exposed »
- Isaac Feldberg
We first reported on this project back in April 2012, when Stephenie Meyer optioned the 1974 novel by Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer) herself. Down a Dark Hall follows Kit Gordy, a new female student at th Blackwood Boarding School, who must confront the powerful headmistress and her supernatural powers, which could make her great or destroy her altogether.
Rodrigo Cortés (Buried, Red Lights) has signed on to direct, working from a script originally written by Michael Goldbach (Daydream Nation), which will now be rewritten by Chris Sparling (Buried, Atm).
Down a Dark Hall is in »
Lionsgate has acquired the rights to young adult thriller novel “Down a Dark Hall” and set Rodrigo Cortés to direct the big-screen adaptation, the studio announced Wednesday. The film is based on the 1974 young adult best-seller from author Lois Duncan, who also wrote “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Screenwriter Michael Goldbach wrote the original adaptation, and Chris Sparling is now doing a rewrite. Also read: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Creator to Adapt Horror Novel for Lionsgate The story follows Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School. It is the opportunity of a lifetime, but Kit quickly realizes something. »
- Linda Ge
Lionsgate has acquired rights to Down A Dark Hall based on the 1974 Ya bestseller from Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer) with Rodrigo Cortés attached to direct. Screenwriter Michael Goldbach wrote the original adaptation for the screen, and Chris Sparling (Sea of Trees, Buried) has come aboard to also write on the film. Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and Meghan Hibbett will produce via their Fickle Fish Films along with Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. Meyer optioned the book last year and brought on Goldbach to write the adaptation. The supernatural suspense novel follows […] »
Rodrigo Cortes has been tapped to direct Down a Dark Hall for Lionsgate. Duncan penned the novel upon which I Know What You Did Last Summer is based upon. Down a Dark Hall was published in 1974. Screenwriter Michael Goldbach wrote the original adaptation for the screen, and Chris Sparling (Buried) has come aboard to also write on the film.
The post Lionsgate Developing Adaptation of Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Lionsgate has acquired rights to the project "Down a Dark Hall," which Rodrigo Cortes (Buried, Red Lights) will direct. The film is based on the 1974 young adult best-seller from author Lois Duncan ("I Know What You Did Last Summer"). Screenwriter Michael Goldbach wrote the original adaptation for the screen, and Chris Sparling (Sea of Trees, Buried) has come aboard to also write on the film. »
Alhough Freddie Prinze Jr. progressed from teen hits like She's All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer in the 1990s to a role in the TV thriller 24 in 2010, apparently he couldn't leave the high school-style drama behind. According to Prinze, working with Kiefer Sutherland on the popular show nearly led him to quit acting altogether. "I did 24, it was terrible. I hated every moment of it," Prinze, 38, told ABC News while at Comic-Con promoting his new Disney Xd series Star Wars Rebels. "I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped. »
- Alex Heigl
Alhough Freddie Prinze Jr. progressed from teen hits like She's All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer in the 1990s to a role in the TV thriller 24 in 2010, apparently he couldn't leave the high school-style drama behind. According to Prinze, working with Kiefer Sutherland on the popular show nearly led him to quit acting altogether. "I did 24, it was terrible. I hated every moment of it," Prinze told ABC News while at Comic-Con promoting his new Disney Xd Series Star Wars Rebels. "I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped. »
- Alex Heigl
Director: J.P. Petty
Running Time: 85 Minutes
The horror genre is at a very strange place at the moment. It seems odd to think that a little over 15 years ago, it was dominated by fantastic slasher films such as Scream, New Nightmare and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Now the once great genre is split between a rock and a hard place with a choice of laughs or jump-scares thanks to Scary Movie and Paranormal Activity. With that being said there’s nothing wrong with either subgenre, although they have become a little bit repetitive. It may be a case of me getting increasingly nostalgic as I venture through my twenties, but I do miss the days of immortal serial killers barely breaking a sweat whilst chasing annoying adolescents through murky forests. However I digress, »
- Ben Read
This review contains spoilers.
After months of cinematic trailers, the Spielberg-produced pilot of Extant has made its tropetastic debut. In its wake, the first episode of the much-hyped show leaves equal parts hope for a compelling, distinctive sci-fi hit and potential for a confusing, convoluted flop.
Leading an impressive cast, Halle Berry is Dr Molly Woods, an astronaut who has spent the last thirteen months in a space station. Upon her return, though her mission was supposedly a solo one, she is informed by her doctor/friend (Camryn Manheim) that she is pregnant.
But, not so fast if you think the show is going to automatically plunge into Rosemary’s Baby...in Space! Much world-building ensues, and what a world it is. In an advanced but not-terribly-distant future, there are TV projections in bathroom mirrors, »
According to a recent report from TV Line, the Criminal Minds season 10 folks have brought on sexy actress, Jennifer Love Hewitt (left), to be a regular fixture this season as character, Kate Callahan, who is a "a seasoned undercover agent whose stellar work at the FBI has landed her a coveted position with the Behavioral Analysis Unit." Kate is scheduled to show up as early as the very first episode on October 1st, 2014. So, they're not wasting anytime, getting her into action. Producer, Erica Messer, had some great things to say about Jennifer's addition to the cast, stating: "We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast. Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the entire Bau »
TVLine has learned that TV vet Jennifer Love Hewitt is joining the crime drama during Season 10 in a series regular role.
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She will play Kate Callahan, a seasoned undercover agent whose stellar work at the FBI has landed her a coveted position with the Behavioral Analysis Unit. The character will be introduced in the Oct. 1 season premiere.
“We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast, »
Director Leigh Whannell revealed the news via his Twitter account:
Mulroney joins a cast that also includes Stefanie Scott (Jem and the Holograms). No other cast has been officially announced.
The first Insidious movie was about a family who was dealing with their child who was possessed by demons while its sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2, was the haunted Lambert family who were investigating a childhood secret that left them dangerously close to the spirit world.
- Luke Owen
New Line Cinema have picked up the worldwide rights to Film 360's low-budget horror fare 'Superstition'. The studio have acquired the new found footage Blumhouse project which comes from co-directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff. The movie is set in a high school and marks Film 360's first financed full length feature project, albeit on a micro-budget. 'Superstition' comes complete with a cast of unknowns and is described as being in the same vein as previous horrors such as 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'. »
The High-School set horror is said to be a modern day I Know What You Did Last Summer but with a found footage twist. The movie is directed by Chris Lofing with a cast of unknown actors. Lofing and writing partner Travis Cluff posted footage to YouTube where it was seen by manager Dean Schnider, who took it to Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions to finance the movie.
The movie was screened in May and has now been purchased by New Line who beat out stiff competition from Lionsgate and Relativity.
“It’s a genre we have a great affinity for, and our team is particularly skilled at sizing up what will work with a youth-oriented audience,” said Carolyn Blackwood, executive VP strategy at New Line. “Superstition was special because »
- Luke Owen
The house that Freddy built has some new tenants moving in as New Line Cinema has made its first acquisition in eight years(!) by acquiring worldwide rights to the found footage Blumhouse production of Superstition.
The high school-set horror movie also marks the first feature-length film financed by Film 360, the film production arm of Management 360. Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff direct the movie, which is said to be in the vein of I Know What You Did Last Summer. The Fresno-based directors shot the film on a micro-budget with an unknown cast.
"It's a genre we have a great affinity for, and our team is particularly skilled at sizing up what will work with a youth-oriented audience," says Carolyn Blackwood, executive VP strategy and operations at New Line. "Superstition was special because it gives us the opportunity to work with these young filmmakers who could be the next James Wan »
- Steve Barton
New Line has secured the rights to an upcoming Blumhouse Productions project called Superstition, says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter. This is not to be confused with the Jeffrey Reddick film in the works called Superstition: Final Chance. Likened to 1997's I Know What You Did Last Summer, Superstition is a "found footage" story set at a high school. Already completed with a cast of unknowns on a micro-budget, Superstition is directed by Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff.
The post New Line Takes Blumhouse Productions’ Superstition appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
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