20 items from 2016
In theaters September 16 is the upcoming Blair Witch. Lionsgate originally promoted it as The Woods when in reality it is a sequel to Blair Witch.
The film is helmed by director Adam Wingard (You’Re Next, The Guest, V/H/S, V/H/S/2), who has assembled an accomplished behind-the-scenes team that includes screenwriter and longtime collaborator Simon Barrett (You’Re Next, The Guest, V/H/S, V/H/S/2); producers Roy Lee (The Ring, The Strangers, The Grudge), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder, p.g.a. (You’Re Next, The Guest, Anomalisa), and Jess Calder, p.g.a. (You’Re Next, The Guest, The Devil’S Candy), ; and executive producers Jenny Hinkey, Daniel Myrick (director/writer, The Blair Witch Project), Eduardo Sanchez (director/writer, The Blair Witch Project) and Gregg Hale (producer, The Blair Witch Project).
For several years, Lionsgate had been searching for the right concept to reboot Blair Witch, »
- Michelle McCue
Based on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's popular manga (which was previously adapted as an anime series and several live-action movies), the new Death Note film stars Nat Wolff as the main character who discovers that if he writes someone's name in his newfound notebook while imagining what they look like, they will die. This otherworldly power allows Wolff's character to play God, and it's up to the mysterious "L" (Keith Stanfield) to put a stop to the bodies hitting the floor.
Press Release (TheFutonCritic.com): Beverly Hills, CA (June 30, 2016) - Netflix announced that principal photography begins Thursday on the »
- Derek Anderson
Netflix announced that principal photography begins Thursday on the original feature film Death Note from director Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next). Death Note will shoot in Canada and the U.S. and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner; Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton; Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Dope, Short Term 12) as "L"; Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari; and Shea Whigham (Agent Carter, Boardwalk Empire) as James Turner. The film will be produced by Roy Lee (The Ring, The Departed), Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes), Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow), and Masi Oka (Heroes Reborn, Hawaii-Five-0).
Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the »
Netflix announced that principal photography begins Thursday on the original feature film Death Note from director Adam Wingard (The Guest, You’re Next). Death Note will shoot in Canada and the U.S. and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner; Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton; Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Dope, Short Term 12) as “L”; Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari; and Shea Whigham (Agent Carter, Boardwalk Empire) as James Turner. The film will be produced by Roy Lee (The Ring, The Departed), Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes), Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow), and Masi Oka (Heroes Reborn, Hawaii-Five-0).
Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if »
- Kellvin Chavez
When the trailer for David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out played in front of a recent general-audience screening for The Conjuring 2 that I attended, I started to feel for the first time that Sandberg might really be onto something with the film, a low-budget horror flick with an ingeniously simple premise: a vicious spirit that can only be seen (and, presumably, hurt you) in the dark. To borrow a phrase from Hitchcock: the trailer played the crowd like a piano. Lights Out is based on Sandberg’s short film of the same name, which went viral after hitting YouTube back in 2014. The three-minute clip ultimately caught the attention of Hollywood horror maestro James Wan, who came on board to produce a feature-length version of the short and even recruited some of his key creative partners (including Furious 7 cinematographer Marc Spicer) to the cause. "This guy has what it takes, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Disney has acquired the feature film rights to Tony Cliff’s graphic novel series “Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant.”
The story centers on Delilah Dirk, a 19th century adventurer, who plots to rob a corrupt Sultan in Constantinople evades the Sultan’s guards with the aid of her flying boat. She’s aided by her new friend, a Turkish tea-master Erdemoglu Selim, who becomes duty-bound to follow her across Turkey after she saves his life.
The book became a New York Times bestseller in 2013. No director, writer or actors are attached yet.
Lee broke into Hollywood by executive producing remakes of Asian films such as “The Ring, »
- Dave McNary
JC Spink and Chris Bender are dissolving their 18-year-old management-production company Benderspink, which has been involved in “The Hangover” trilogy, “We’re the Millers,” “A History of Violence” and “Zombeavers.”
The duo said the split is amicable in a statement issued Tuesday: “We started Benderspink in our late 20s almost 18 years ago. We could not be more proud of what we’ve achieved together and are excited for this next chapter in each of our lives.”
The statement did not elaborate on what they will do next.
Spink focused mostly on management while Bender focused on producing. The company was formed in 1998 after the two had worked as assistants at Zide-Perry Productions, where Bender received a co-producing credit on “American Pie.”
The duo, who met at Bucknell University, had a long-time first-look deal through New Line that launched in 2001. They delivered mid-budget titles such as “Horrible Bosses” and “The Butterfly Effect” franchises, »
- Dave McNary
After laying dormant for over a decade, Paramount is bringing The Ring franchise back to life with the all new thriller Rings, set 13 years after the events of the original movie. When production started last March, director F. Javier Gutiérrez teased the presence of iconic villain Samara Morgan in a series of Instagram images. The sequel/reboot is set to hit theaters just in time for Halloween on October 28. Today, we have the first photos from set, which give us our a behind-the-scenes look at Samara, played by actress Bonnie Morgan.
The photos were recently posted to the Rings IMDb page, showing Samara Morgan climbing out of the iconic well. Bonnie Morgan actually served as a stunt contortionist in the 2005 sequel The Ring Two as Samara, a role which Daveigh Chase originated in The Ring. Kelly Stables portrayed Samara in The Ring Two, but it was Bonnie Morgan who »
The movie may function fourfold as a prequel, sequel, spinoff and quasi-remake to the highly budgeted slice of fantasy dreck that was 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, but it’s surprisingly hard to hate The Huntsman: Winter’s War. That’s not to say it’s a good movie – it manifestly is not – but what director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and writers Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin have wrought is a deeply weird, definitely unnecessary, and frequently entertaining piece of popcorn programming, one that – while existing purely to further Universal’s franchise-first agenda – also possesses a wacky, oddball appeal that its morose predecessor never even attempted to harness.
This is another way of saying that you won’t marvel at anything in The Huntsman on an intellectual or even a cinematic level, but you might be surprised to find yourself appreciating its ridiculous antics and consummate messiness. The film never quite »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s a prequel and a sequel! It’s got girl powerrr and lady-hating! It’s a mashup of Lord of the Rings and Frozen! It’s all these things, and less. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t crazy about the first film
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s a prequel and a sequel! It’s full of girl powerrr and reflexive lady-hating! It’s a parody mashup of Lord of the Rings with Frozen and it’s a longform conceptual fashion shoot! The Huntsman: Winter’s War is all these things, and more, and sometimes less. It’s a story about the horror of child soldiers without the horror. It’s a love-conquers-all story with almost no genuine emotional content at all. It’s a comedy without any actual humor. It’s a movie in which, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Let's try to cover everything we haven't mentioned lately (whew). The biggest and most obvious is that Sofia Coppola, whose plans to follow up Bling Ring with a live action Little Mermaid are no more, is now supposedly working on a remake of the Clint Eastwood romantic drama The Beguiled (1971). The film will star two darlings of Tfe Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. Plus Elle Fanning so Coppola already sold all the tickets to our crowd. The Clint role is as yet uncast. They're said to be looking for a 'Chris Pratt' type but what this surely calls for is a watch of the original film to familiarize ourselves.
Let's do it together shall we? It's available on Amazon and iTunes so let's all watch it by April 8th or so and we'll discuss. Deal?
- NATHANIEL R
Straight Up principals Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen will also produce. Straight Up president of production Sandra Condito will serve as executive producer along with Khalid Jones of Source Rock and Square Enix.
“Thief” was developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Tokyo-based Square Enix with three sequels over 18 years. The game is set in a dark fantasy world ruled by a tyrant who exploits dark magic as a means of establishing control.
“This popular game is entirely unique within the genre, which is why we’re particularly excited to be working with these canny, dedicated filmmakers to bring it to the screen,” said Polvino and Cohen.
- Dave McNary
Is it too much to hope for in a multiplex horror movie that it’ll deal with adult themes, have a few memorable lines and won’t be shot like a music video? Yes, it is, so the most you can ever hope for is a visceral thrill.
If nothing else, the so-called “torture porn” fad delivered that, but far more profitable (and hence attractive to studios) was the trend for PG-13 horror pictures. When The Sixth Sense made $672 million worldwide, making it one of the highest grossing horror films of all time, studios interpreted its success as a sign that non-restrictive ratings were key in developing the next blockbuster. They were seemingly proved correct when, a few years later, Gore Verbinski’s remake of The Ring made nearly $250 million worldwide.
As studios rushed to find material that wouldn’t tax the average adolescent overmuch, the trend initiated »
- Ian Watson
You guys! It’s almost time for our Silver Scream Fest in beautiful Santa Rosa, Calif. It’s in two weeks and you can still get tix! You can also win posters, T-shirts, and even tix to the event. Check our Facebook and Twitter daily for ways to get your furry paws on some great swag!
Also: Did I mention that Santa Rosa is wine country? You can see stars, catch some screenings of both new and classic films, and tickle your palate, all in one gloriously gory weekend!
• A tribute to Wes Craven by none other than his greatest creation, Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund himself; Freddy’s favorite leading lady, Heather Langenkamp from A Nightmare On Elm Street and New Nightmare; and Craven’s longtime producer Marianne Maddelena.
- Harker Jones
Two horror film franchises that seemingly finished up a while back are being revived this year - the Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman-led home invasion thriller "The Strangers" which had its one film in 2008, and the Naomi Watts-led haunted tape film "The Ring" which had a sequel back in 2005.
The plan was for "The Strangers" sequel to shoot all the way back in 2012, but this week producer Roy Lee confirms with Collider that the project has been stuck in a holding pattern due to the mess regarding Relativity Studios' very public financial insolvency issues:
"We have a script that's fantastic, but they've had some financial difficulties so it's unclear as to whether or not they'll be able to finance the movie... It's connected [to the first film] in the sense of 'What if you moved into an area where the Strangers lived?'"
- Garth Franklin
The saga of the attempt to update the film adaptation of Stephen King’s It finally looks set to end, as producer Roy Lee confirms plans to shoot the new movie later in 2016. The powerhouse producer of titles such as The Lego Movie and the How To Train Your Dragon films, as well as horror fare The Ring, The Grudge and Poltergeist, has been working on a remake of the infamous 1990 TV miniseries for some time, but it seems that the pieces are now falling into place.
Initially, Cary Fukunaga of True Detective fame was on board to co-write and direct the new adaptation, but ultimately departed the project, citing creative differences. Those differences were rumoured to centre on the type of MPAA rating the project would be aiming for. Now, however, Andy Muscietti – the director of 2013’s Mama – is in the director’s chair, and the project is back »
- Sarah Myles
Those looking forward to the latest film in The Ring series have a little bit longer to wait, as Paramount announced a new October release date for Rings. Starring Johnny Galecki, Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, and Aimee Teegarden, Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez and written by Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka and Jacon Aaron Estes. Like The Ring and 1998's Ringu (the original Japanese film), draws inspiration from Kôji Suzuki's 1991 horror novel, Ring.
While the film was previously set to hit theaters on April 1st, Paramount is giving Rings a Halloween release and you'll be able to check it out on October 28th. Due to the date shift, it will probably be at least a few months before we get a good look at the movie, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers posted on any updates.
The post New October Release Date for Rings appeared first on Daily Dead. »
- Jonathan James
The ever-changing release date saga of Paramount's Rings has added yet another chapter, with the studio pushing the horror sequel back once again, although this change may be for the best. Deadline reports that the studio has pushed Rings from April 1 to the horror-friendly date of October 28. The studio also moved up Richard Linklater's comedy Everybody Wants Some from April 15 up to April 1.
Rings was originally set up as a sequel to 2002's The Ring and 2005's The Ring Two, but it kept getting delayed for several years. In 2010, David Loucka came on board to write the script, when the project was being envisioned as a 3D thriller. F. Javier Gutiérrez came aboard to direct in 2014, and casting started early last year, when Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz came aboard, and the project was re-titled Rings. The studio originally gave the project a March 13, 2015 release date in 2013, which was pushed to November 13, 2015 release date, »
The studio will expand the film over the following two weekends. It also moved back its horror thriller “Rings” off April 1 to the pre-Halloween weekend of Oct. 28.
“Everybody Wants Some” will open the SXSW Film Festival on March 11. The film follows a group of college baseball players in ’80s Texas as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood and stars Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman (who was a college baseball pitcher), Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Glen Powell, Will Brittain and Zoey Deutch.
The launch date will coincide with the April 3 opening of the Major League Baseball season.
- Dave McNary
“Hang on… yeah, no, we’re definitely lost.”
When I use the phrase “J-horror,” what comes to mind? More than likely, you think of Sadako from The Ring; a Japanese school girl with long hair disguising her horrible face, lurching towards you from inside a TV screen. There’s a good reason for that; Gore Verbinski’s 2002 adaptation of Ringu ignited a pop culture mania in the United States for J-horror adaptations, leading to The Grudge and Dark Water, both commercially successful in their own rights (though critically panned). These films were both accompanied by and followed by an onslaught of English remakes of J-horror films, as well as sequels to the now iconic The Ring and The Grudge. Few, if any, of these are films that what even a generous horror fan would call “worthwhile.”
As of 2010, the trend of J-horror adaptations has subsided in favor of our own ghost stories, »
- Chris Melkus
20 items from 2016
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