5 items from 2014
The Blair Witch Project was such a phenomenon when it came out that no one really knew how to react to its success. Hollywood wasn't sure if it could replicate it, which is why you didn't see it get a new sequel every year. Not even cowriter/director Eduardo Sánchez had any real idea of what a post-Blair Witch career should look like for him. Sánchez stepped away from the industry for a few years, and as you can see from the below part of our interview with him, Blair Witch's success didn't necessarily make it easier for him within the studio system. So he opted to make more horror movies on his own using the money he made off of Blair Witch, and they're actually some of the better indie genre movies of the last decade. Altered, in...
- Peter Hall
Danny Huston (X Men Origins: Wolverine) is set for the male lead opposite Ashley Judd in NBC’s drama pilot Salvation, written by Elizabeth Heldens and directed by Jeffrey Reiner, while Adam Kaufman (Altered) has nabbed the male lead on another NBC pilot, Katherine Heigl-produced State Of Affairs. In Salvation, mega-church pastor Daniel Strickland suddenly dies, and his loyal wife, Jennifer Strickland (Judd), must rally to keep their family together and save the church. Huston, repped by ICM Partners, UK’s Julian Belfrage & Associates and attorney David Fox, will play Caleb, the lead pastor at a rival mega-church. He will next be seen in a 3-episode arc on Showtime’s Masters Of Sex. Drama pilot State Of Affairs stars Heigl as Charleston Whitney Tucker, a key CIA attaché who counsels the president on high-stakes incidents around the world. Kaufman, repped by Sdb Partners and Luber Roklin Entertainment, will play Lucas Wright, »
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Box Office Spartans slayed the competition at the box office this weekend, with 300: Rise of an Empire taking in an estimated $45.1 million. Though the sequel, with Noam Murro at the helm in place of Zack Snyder, failed to match 300's opening numbers domestically, it outpaced the original overseas, raking in $87.8 million from 58 markets. Mr. Peabody & Sherman was yet another disappointment for DreamWorks Animation, opening in second with $32.5 million. The movie suffered from family-friendly competition like The Lego Movie, which placed #4 with an additional $10.8 million, and Frozen, which held at #8 with an additional $3 million. Last week's top movie, the Liam Neeson actioner Non-Stop, dropped to #3 with $15.8 million.
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Fletch Mystery writer Gregory McDonald's classic character, immortalized on screen by Chevy Chase in the 1985 comedy Fletch and its 1989 sequel Fletch Lives, is finally ready for his comeback. THR reports that Jason Sudeikis »
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Following a successful midnight screening at SXSW, Lionsgate announced that they’ve acquired North American distribution rights to Exists, a new bigfoot movie from The Blair Witch Project co-director Eduardo Sánchez:
“Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) has acquired North American distribution rights to Exists, a new horror film from The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sánchez. The film played last night to a sold-out midnight screening at SXSW in Austin.
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins. Exists is executive produced by George Waud, »
- Jonathan James
Exists follows a group of five friends as they struggle to fight off the Bigfoot during a camping trip in the remote Texas woods.
This is very cool news. I been tracking this project for a minute and can’t wait to check it out. For those not in the know Exists was directed by Eduardo Sanchez who co-directed The Blair Witch Project back in the day. Full press release below.
(Austin, TX & Santa Monica, CA, March 8, 2014) — Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) has acquired North American distribution rights to Exists, a new horror film from The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sánchez. The film played last night to a sold-out midnight screening at SXSW in Austin.
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on »
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5 items from 2014
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