8 items from 2012
Over the past few years we've seen a host of classic television series getting the big screen treatment, but now it seems that TV executives are looking to reverse the trend by turning to movies for their source material. Earlier this year NBC commissioned a series based upon the cinematic serial killer Hannibal Lecter from writer-producer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and director David Slade (30 Days of Night; The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and now Vulture is reporting that The Exorcist has been tapped for a ten-episode series, which is set to be shopped around to networks in the coming weeks.
According to the report, the series will be adapted by Sean Durkin, who made his feature film debut last year with the Elizabeth Olsen-headlined thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene, and is set to be produced by Roy Lee (The Departed, The Ring). The small screen adaptation is said to »
If there has been one constant in "The Exorcist" franchise, it's that none of the sequels or prequels have ever come close to touching the terror or brilliance of William Friedkin's groundbreaking original. Nor have any of the countless exorcism movies since managed the feat either. But that isn't stopping another bite at the apple, as "The Exorcist" (recently named as the greatest horror movie ever by Time Out) is now getting prepped for the small screen in an expansive remake/prequel that will stretch out the terror over ten episodes.
Vulture reports that "Martha Marcy May Marlene" director Sean Durkin will get his Hollywood feet wet with a ten-part television adaptation of the iconic horror movie classic for Morgan Creek. Producer Roy Lee -- who knows a thing or two about remakes with "The Grudge," "The Departed," "The Eye" and upcoming "Oldboy" under his belt -- is on »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you're like me and you tend to be fascinated by stories of egos clashing and bone-headed decisions being made behind closed doors in Hollywood, then here's a book you might want to check out. Tales from Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? is written by Empire Magazine contributor David Hughes, the same guy who wrote The Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made, and it brings us a whole new set of tales of blockbusters gone awry. The book was actually published back in 2004, but a new edition hits stores next week with some updated chapters and a new foreword (not to mention, much more aesthetically pleasing cover art). Although The Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made sometimes stretched the limits of what could be considered "sci-fi", there are no such restrictions here, as it covers everything from Total Recall and Batman: Year One to The Lord of the Rings and The Aviator. »
At Dread Central we Love the unexplained. Mysteries, disappearances, you name it. Decades before three fictional campers vanished in The Blair Witch Project, an incident happened in Russia that resulted in the mysterious deaths of nine people in the northern Ural Mountains. The night was February 2, 1959. The mystery lingers to this day.
According to Screen Daily reports from Efm are that Renny Harlin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Deep Blue Sea, Exorcist: The Beginning, The Covenant) will direct an as-yet-untitled thriller set in Russia’s Ural Mountains.
"The fact-based film is about a mysterious incident in 1959, when nine experienced hikers were found dead. The film will be about contemporary students on a trek to investigate the mystery."
Harlin said: "I was fascinated by this story, which remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of modern paranormal lore. »
- Uncle Creepy
Screen Daily reports from Efm that Renny Harlin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master , Deep Blue Sea, Exorcist: The Beginning, The Covenant ) will direct an as-yet-untitled thriller set in Russias Ural Mountains. "The fact-based film is about a mysterious incident in 1959, when nine experienced hikers were found dead. The film will be able contemporary students on a trek to investigate the mystery." Producers will be Alexander Rodnyansky, Kia Jam, Harlin and Sergei Bespalov. Harlin said: "I was fascinated by this story, which remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of modern paranormal lore. The facts, the script and the very dramatic setting convinced me that there is a thrilling movie there, just waiting to rivet audiences." The project will start shooting on location in Russia in March. »
Some still work under the assumption that reshoots are a bad thing. Simon thinks otherwise. And here’s why.
In the past few months, there appear to have been one or two corners of the Internet that have gone into panic mode over the news of two of the summer’s blockbusters scheduling reshoots.
Firstly, there was The Amazing Spider-Man, for which director Marc Webb shot some more material several months after production initially wrapped. And then there were rumours (which proved to be unconfirmed) of The Avengers reshoots, right at the start of this year.
Here’s a flavour of some (printable) comments, from an assortment of websites, that greeted this news:
”They are probably reshooting out of panic!”
”4 months to go and they're doing reshoots. this movie sucks.”
“Hmmmmm, I'm not sure what to make of reshoots. I honestly can't think of any movie that I heard that »
One of the earliest entries of this type is probably Amityville II: The Possession (1982). This one tells the story of the family who lived before the Lutzes from the 1979 favorite. In real life that family was named the DeFeo family, but in this movie the name was changed to Montelli. Regardless, it keeps the idea that the son (Jack Magner) somehow was supposedly influenced by some evil, demonic force in the house and made to kill his family. The first one The Exorcist: Dominion directed by Paul Schrader (Cat People) was disliked by the studio, so they shot a new movie, this one by Renny Harlin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), called Exorcist: The Beginning. »
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com:More often than not, especially when dealing with big numbers, opening weekends are about marketing, not the quality of the film. So don’t be too shocked when you hear that Paramount’s The Devil Inside opened with $34.5 million this weekend. Yes, the film is allegedly terrible. Yes, audiences nationwide have allegedly been booing at the (allegedly atrocious) finale. But sometimes it’s about a popular genre, a solid trailer, and the good luck of following up a recent smash hit. Exorcism and religious-themed movies have always been popular. The simple reason is that, along with the usual horror junkies, they attract more religious/spiritual moviegoers that otherwise disdain horror pictures. We’ve over/under $20 million openings from the likes of Stigmata (whose $18 million opening in September 1999 would equal about $28 million today), Exorcist: The Beginning ($18 million in August 2004), The Unborn ($19 million in January 2009), The Last Exorcism »
- Scott Mendelson
8 items from 2012
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