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12 items from 2009

Gunplay gets the Fox TV treatment

2 November 2009 7:37 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

The graphic novel Gunplay is in development at Fox21, the TV arm of Fox Broadcasting, as a possible television series. Based on the comic published by Platinum Studios, Gunplay is about a buffalo soldier of the 19th century U.S. army who is cursed to carry a pistol that he must use to kill a person once every day or else his body feels tremendous pain.

Developing the project is Glen Morgan, the writing partner of X-Files/Millennium/Space: Above & Beyond writer/producer James Wong. After Wong and Morgan carved out their names writing Fox sci-fi and supernatural dramas in the 1990s, they made the transition to feature films with the first Final Destination movie in 2000. They've also made The One, the third Final Destination, the remake of Willard and Black Christmas. Morgan was also an executive producer on NBC's recent failed reboot of Bionic Woman.

Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the president of Platinum, »

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Cursed Soldier Roams the West Gunplay

2 November 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

As studios look to the next "big thing" (it seems it's shifting to ghosts), some companies are taking risks on genre-bending projects. Platinum Studios and Fox21 are teaming up for an adaptation of the graphic novel "Gunplay." But it won't be for the big screen, instead writer-producer Glen Morgan ( Willard , The X-Files , Black Christmas ) is taking aim at making it a television series. Jorge Vegas created the story of a buffalo soldier named Abner Meeks who must kill once a day using his demonic gun or suffer "soul-searing pain." »

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Harpers Island (DVD Review)

7 September 2009 10:00 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Grabbing my late-night viewing snack, the “thwrick” of the TV snaps on and I “thump” back onto the couch.  The hesitant “tick…tick” of the clock is heard overhead as time seems to suddenly stop.  The sandpaper, “thrush” of my jittery fingers drag the volume up on the TV; “nick, nick” the volume rises.  All of these exonerated, over-the-top emotions are courtesy of the brilliant and nail-biting CBS television show Harper’S Island. 

The series, being dealt the DVD edition treatment this week from CBS DVD, is a series I originally looked over this past spring season.  The show, created by Ari Schlossberg, who penned the 2005 horror/thriller Hide And Seek, and from Executive Producer Jon Turteltaub, who helmed the other CBS hit Jericho, take us on a wild gut-wrenching thriller ride.  Excellently these two masterminds have brought us a series that is unique and original, something that horror and »

- (Ben Smith)

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Exclusive: New Set report on Nightmare On Elm Street remake

20 August 2009 1:03 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Part 1 of Fangoria's Exclusive look at the making of A Nightmare On Elm Street...

Security is very much in place on the set of the new Nightmare On Elm Street, as the filmmakers attempt to keep the 2010 Freddy Krueger under wraps. Literally. When Jackie Earle Haley arrives on the set of the film (set for New Line release April 30), it is in a darkened van that pulls up outside of Powell’s Book Store in Chicago. Billowing black robes and umbrellas suddenly appear, wielded by production assistants, shielding the actor from any unauthorized eyeballs as he makes his way through the midday sunlight from the van into the bookstore.

Inside, safe from curious onlookers, the wraps come off. Haley is in full makeup and costume. Freddy lives again.

Much in the spirit of the recent reduxes of Halloween, Friday The 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this Nightmare On Elm »

- (Kim Howard Johnson)

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The Weinsteins Remaking ‘An American Werewolf In London?’

29 June 2009 11:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »


The news of remakes of classic horror movies just keeps on coming with word that Dimension Films (The Weinstein Company’s genre film division) have acquired the rights to remake An American Werewolf in London.

Screen Rant reported last June that original American Werewolf director, John Landis, said that Hollywood has been wanting to remake his movie for ages, but the fact that he owned the rights were stopping them. Well, it appears Landis has sadly buckled and sold those rights, which will eventually deliver us a remake of his horror masterpiece.


Bloody Disgusting has nabbed the exclusive that Dimension has acquired the remake rights to An American Werewolf in London - Bd was also the site that reported on the rumblings of Aawil remake over a year ago. Some of you out there may remember the horrible sequel to Landis’ movie that was released in 1997, entitled An American »

- Ross Miller

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Exclusive: Spoiler-filled set report from A Nightmare On Elm Street!

5 June 2009 8:42 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Time for a late-night update with an Extremely spoiler-filled report straight from the set of New Line's A Nightmare On Elm Street remake, currently shooting in Illinois.

It's been quiet in the world of Elm Street lately, and sources tell Fango that the production is not happy with the amount of pictures and reports that were sneaking out over the past few weeks. That said, we don't make the news, but we'll certainly report it.

Filming took place this week in north suburban Lake Forest, known to many as one of the most affluent areas of Illinois, home to celebrities, CEO's, and a ton of professional athletes. The bulk of the filming took place in a large home off of Deerpath Road, which one of our sources (who have both asked to remain nameless) reports to be one of the first major kill scenes in the movie.

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New resident of new Elm Street

21 May 2009 11:41 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Variety reports that Connie Britton has joined the cast of New Line Cinema and Platinum Dunes’ remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street. She’ll join a cast headed by Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy Krueger.

Britton recently logged genre time in Larry Fessenden’s The Last Winter and is probably best known for her roles in the film and TV versions of Friday Night Lights. Also in the Elm Street ensemble are The Haunting In Connecticut’s Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, From Within’s Thomas Dekker, Twilight’s Kellan Lutz and Katie Cassidy, who’s becoming a slasher-redux veteran, having previously appeared in When A Stranger Calls and Black Christmas; the movie is currently slated to open April 16, 2010. »

- (Michael Gingold)

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Katie Cassidy is the Latest Elm Street Reboot Victim

2 May 2009 6:19 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Katie Cassidy played a trash-talking, bitch of a demon on the CW show Supernatural, but that was TV. She’s graduated to the big time since, with roles in the recent “Black Christmas” horror remake, and now … another horror remake? Oh well, someone’s gotta do it. Cassidy is joining the cast of Platinum Dunes’ “A Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot, which is currently gearing up for production in Chicago sometime next month for a April 16, 2010 debut. According to Styd, Cassidy will play a character name Kris in the movie. That’s pretty much all we know. And since Rooney Mara has already nabbed the leading lady role, I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that Cassidy’s due for a date with Freddy’s knives. Besides being late of Supernatural, Cassidy is also formerly of Harper’s Island, a show almost no one saw and is »

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Katie Cassidy Joins A Nightmare On Elm Street Cast!

2 May 2009 1:29 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Shock Till You Drop discovered that actress Katie Cassidy is the latest cast member to join A Nightmare On Elm Street, which shoots in Chicago later this month. Genre fans may recognize her from her television appearances on Supernatural, as well as Harper's Island. She also starred in the Black Christmas remake and the recent box office hit Taken.

Meanwhile, Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that Clancy Brown has also joined the cast which features Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles), Kyle Gallner (The Haunting In Connecticut), Kellan Lutz and Rooney Mara as the new Nancy. Jackie Earle Haley will play the new Freddy Krueger.

The new A Nightmare On Elm Street remake is being directed by Samuel Beyer from a script by Wesley Strick, later revised by Eric Heissere. Platinum Dunes Brad Fuller, Andrew Form & Michael Bay are producing. A Nightmare On Elm Street hits theaters on April 16th, 2010! »

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Katie Cassidy Next To Join ‘Elm Street’ Remake

2 May 2009 10:15 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

The type of film that the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street remake is obviously demands a pretty large cast prime for victimization by the nightmarish villain - in this case, Freddy Krueger. There has already been a lot of casting news so far for this one, consisting of the new Krueger (Watchmen’s Jackie Earle Haley) and a few of the teen characters, namely Thomas Dekker, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara (the new Nancy) and Twilight’s Kellan Lutz.

Well, on the casting front things are certainly not showing signs of slowing down as actress Katie Cassidy has joined the roster.

Cassidy will play Kris, a character yet to be described (although I wouldn’t be surprised if she is just a pretty face that will be killed quickly and easily by Mr Krueger). If the name or the face isn’t immediately ringing any bells, she was in the TV »

- Ross Miller

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In Brief: Assorted Horror Movie News

1 May 2009 2:14 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

An early Friday Morning update with quick news on A Nightmare On Elm Street; Death Note; Bait; a new Dracula adventure based on Stoker's work; and a Spawn reboot.

Assorted Horror Movie News below the jump, in-brief.

Variety reports that Friday The 13th and Texas Chainsaw remaker Marcus Nispel is about to tackle a non-remake for a change. The trade states that Nispel "is in final talks" to helm The Last Voyage Of Demeter, based on a chapter in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The film is said to follow "the arrival of the vampire count in England on a cargo ship that has crashed into the rocks at Whitby with no crew and the dead captain lashed to the steering wheel. Stoker tells the story via the captain's log of the voyage, which begins in Bulgaria and becomes increasingly disjointed as members of the crew disappear." Sounds delicious, no?

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Excl: Cassidy Meets Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street

30 April 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Freddy Krueger will have his hands full in the new A Nightmare on Elm Street , especially with the latest member to join the cast. Actress Katie Cassidy has taken the role of "Kris" in the Samuel Bayer-directed reboot of Wes Craven's '84 slasher film. She's the second female lead to sign aboard after Rooney Mara. Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker and Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger also star. Cassidy is no stranger to Supernatural fans. She had a good run on the CW horror series as the demon Ruby. Prior to that stint she played the final girl in the Black Christmas remake and was recently seen kidnapped in the Liam Neeson-starring hit Taken . Television viewers can also find her on Harper's Island . A Nightmare on Elm Street begins rolling next month in »

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