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This week, Ryan and Lawrence discuss the most influential horror films of the last ten years - reflecting on movies that have shaped trends in horror and have had an impact on filmmakers both within Hollywood and on the independent scene. Also, Greg Nicotero joins Shock Waves to discuss Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II and the recently released Blu-ray special edition. In the news, Lawrence and Ryan discuss the upcoming remake of Chopping Mall and the return of The Strangers' Bryan Bertino. And, up for review this week, Lawrence takes a look at the Blu-rays for Island Of Lost Souls, The Intruder, Basket Case and more while Ryan weighs in on the first episode of Grimm and the French creature feature The Pack. ( "Like" Shock Waves on Facebook! ) Listen below, or, »
She Directs, Too! Yesterday our own Alison Nastassi wrote about the prospects of a third film revolving around Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset). But Delpy also directs, in addition to writing and acting, and she has been attached to make The Right Profile, a biopic of Joe Strummer of The Clash. (Variety) Found Footage Film Finds Favor: Writer/director Bryan Bertino, who previously mined the home invasion sub-genre with The Strangers, has sold a script in another horror sub-genre: found footage. Nothing is known about the story, or the title, though it was once known as Mockingbird; Bertino is not attached to direct. (Deadline) “First” Mentality Backfires on Critics Group: The New York Film Critics Circle moved up their voting date...
- Peter Martin
Just when you think the .found footage. horror genre has reached the end of its rope, Paranormal Activity 3 rakes in north of $100 million at the domestic box office, sending studios into scramble mode to unearth the next hot property. Universal grabbed the rights to a spec script from Bryan Bertino, writer-director of The Strangers (with Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman), according to Deadline. Very little is known about the treatment other than the fact that it once circulated the town under the working title of Mockingbird, though that now has been dropped and a new title has yet to be attached. Also absent from the project is a director, as Deadline says Bertino will produce the film but likely not helm. The director shouldn.t be the issue. What matters most is the hook. The .found footage. genre has explored multiple avenues, some more realistic than others. And it »
Deadline is reporting that Universal is getting into the found footage game, with the studio having just acquired a script by The Strangers helmer Bryan Bertino. The project, once titled Mockingbird, will be in the same vain as Paranormal Activity, revolving around the same “found footage” conceit that’s become so popular in the past five years or so.
The project is set to be produced by Activity series producer Jason Blum via Blumhouse; Drive‘s Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, through Marc Platt Productions; and Bertino with his Unbroken Pictures partner Adrienne Biddle. As of right now, the writer is not locked in to get behind the camera, but since the script has just been acquired, there’s not very many other production details circulating.
With the recent success of Paranormal Activity pictures of that ilk, there’s fair reason to expect this to make the big bucks, especially with the involvement of Blum, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
See? We told you found footage flicks were coming out of the woodwork! Just hours after bringing your attention to three new ones from around the globe, Universal has announced that they have another one cooking!
According to Deadline Universal has completed a pre-holiday acquisition of a spec script written by The Strangers writer/director Bryan Bertino. The project was acquired to be produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum along with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions. Bertino and his Unbroken Pictures partner Adrienne Biddle will also be producers. Blum and Platt have term deals at the studio. Blum is producer of the Paranormal Activity films.
Deadline first reported on the script under the title Mockingbird, but at present it is untitled. Like Paranormal Activity, the Bertino spec is based on “found footage.” Bertino is not aboard to direct the film.
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- Uncle Creepy
Some more found footage news is coming our way once again, this time form Deadline - who just informed us that Universal has acquired a spec script which was written by The Strangers writer/director Bryan Bertino (pictured below). Jason Blum, who produced the highly successful Paranormal Activity films, acquired the project to be produced by Blumhouse Productions, along with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions. Bertino and hi… »
Universal Pictures has acquired a spec script from the writer/director of The Strangers, Bryan Bertino. The project is yet another found footage thriller that will be produced by Jason Blum of the Paranormal Activity films. There is absolutely no information on what this movie will be about, other than it's a found footage thriller. As of right now Bertino is not even attached to direct the film. Other than that, I have no idea what this thing is going to be.
Source: Deadline (http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/universal-acquires-found-footage-thriller-spec-by-strangers-helmer-bryan-bertino/) »
Universal has completed a pre-holiday acquisition of a spec script penned by The Strangers writer/director Bryan Bertino. The project was acquired to be produced by Blumhouses Jason Blum, and Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions. Bertino and his Unbroken Pictures partner Adrienne Biddle will also be producers. Blum and Platt have term deals at the studio. Blum is producer of the Paranormal Activity films and Insidious. Like Paranormal Activity, the Bertino spec is based on "found footage." Bertino is not aboard to direct the film. Blumhouse just wrapped the Rob Zombie-directed The Lords of Salem, as well as the Ethan Hawke-starrer Sinister for Summit Entertainment and is producing the ABC series "The River". Deadline reports. »
Exclusive: Universal has completed a pre-holiday acquisition of a spec script written by The Strangers writer/director Bryan Bertino. The project was acquired to be produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, and Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions. Bertino and his Unbroken Pictures partner Adrienne Biddle will also be producers. Blum and Platt have term deals at the studio. Blum is producer of the Paranormal Activity films. I heard about the spec when it was circulated under the title Mockingbird, but at present it is untitled. Like Paranormal Activity, the Bertino spec is based on “found footage.” Bertino is not aboard to direct the film. Blumhouse just wrapped the Rob Zombie-directed Lords of Salem, as well as the Ethan Hawke-starrer Sinister for Summit Entertainment and is producing the ABC series The River. UTA made the deal for Bertino. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Universal loves Bryan Bertino. The director has been quiet since his release, The Strangers , in 2008. But he's back with a vengeance, selling Grim Night to Universal and, now, another untitled project of the "found footage" variety. Deadline reports Bertino's pitch for this "found footage" tale was sold to Universal and will be produced by Paranormal Activity 's Jason Blum (who has a ton of projects on the way/in development). No plot details yet...stay tuned. »
Another image from Baz Luhrmann’s sure-to-be lavish production of The Great Gatsby has surfaced. The on-set pic shows Gemma Ward (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Strangers) in her role as Catherine, the sister of floozy Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher). It’s a relatively minor role, but this dazzling, feathered flapper outfit is pretty major, thanks in no small part to Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning partner Catherine Martin.
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- Lanford Beard
Normally, the prospect of watching and writing about bit of marketing for a finished product that doesn’t exist in any sort of complete state seems both silly and bizarre. But all bets are off when said wacky marketing is just like totally awesome. Meet Grim Night, a spec script written by a pair of first-time feature film screenwriters, Brandon Besteheider and Allen Bey. The two sold their script to Universal earlier this week, along with producers Bryan Bertino and Adrienne Brittle, with Deadline Calabasas reporting that the deal rang up to the “high six- or seven-figure range” (big range!). Pre-sale, the team behind Grim Night put together a teaser trailer for the film (the script?) and tossed it up on the Internet to garner some industry buzz. It clearly worked. Grim Night imagines a world where creatures, called Grims, kill thousands of people around the world on one terrifying night every year. Let »
- Kate Erbland
Be they aliens or creatures, all invasions movies have one thing in common: they're a one-time story. The baddies show up, they cause a ruckus, humans fight back, and that's that. Grim Night, however, doesn't want to go that route. Written by Brandon Bestenheider and Allen Bey, Grim Night posits a world where the invasion doesn't just happen once, it happens every year. Every 365 days, strange, cloaked creatures besiege a different place on our planet, killing thousands in the process. Then they vanish. Bestenheider and Bey's script will focus on one family in middle America dealing with the titular night. Bryan Bertino, the director of The Strangers, will produce alongside Adrienne Biddle. The duo, who run Unbroken Pictures, carefully planned their sales pitch...
- Peter Hall
 Universal has beat out several other studios in a bidding war for Grim Night, a spec by first-time feature writers Brandon Bestenheider and Allen Bey. The horror thriller centers around an annual day in which people all over the globe lock themselves in their homes in an effort to avoid violent, seemingly random attacks by terrifying creatures known as Grims. Bestenheider, Bey, and producers Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) and Adrienne Brittle took a slightly unusual (but apparently effective) approach to the sale, releasing a trailer late last week to pique industry and public interest in the movie. Watch the video and read more about the project after the jump. The sale comes right after Paramount found success with last weekend's Paranormal Activity 3, which grossed $52.6 million in its first three days on a production budget of just $5 million. Bestenheider, Bey, Bertino, and Brittle reportedly waited until after the horror sequel's »
- Angie Han
Universal has won the bidding war for the spec for the upcoming thriller ‘Grim Night,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter. ‘The Strangers’ director Bryan Bertino and his partner Adrienne Biddle are slated to produce the film under their Unbroken Pictures shingle. Universal’s Marc Platt will also produce ‘Grim Night,’ which was written by Brandon Besternheider and Allen Bey, who made their first sale. Besternheider and Bey, who work at a post-production house, helped move the bidding along by creating a teaser trailer for the spec. The trailer was leaked by their Verve reps before the release of Universal’s hit prequel, ‘Paranormal Activity 3.’ The writers and producers decided to release »
After delivering the truly disturbing horror thriller The Strangers, director Bryan Bertino is teaming up with his Unbroken Films partner Adrienne Biddle as well as producer Marc Platt (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) to produce an original thriller called Grim Night. The original spec script picked up six figures against seven figures if the film gets made after an impressive teaser trailer (which you can see below) from writers Brandon Bestenheider and Allen Bey helped sell the story. There were six other studios interested in the script, but Universal was the fastest to offer up a deal for what looks to be a promising thriller. More below! Here's the teaser trailer that helped sell the original spec script Grim Night (via Deadline): The film is said to take place on a night that happens once a year across the world, where people lock themselves at home and fend off »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal has emerged as the winners of a bidding war for Grim Night, a spec written by Brandon Bestenheider and Allen Bey. Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) and Adrienne Biddle are attached to produce with their company Unbroken Pictures, as well as Marc Platt from Universal. After Paranormal Activity 3 broke box office records last weekend with its $52.5 million opening these guys knew they needed this spec. To make sure it got sold the writers released a teaser trailer that makes it »
- Alex Riviello
Universal Studios has begun prepping production for Grim Night, after winning the spec script in a bidding war. The horror film, which centers on an annual event where people lock themselves in doors to hide from Grim Reapers, was written by Brandon Bestenheider and Allen Bey and will be produced by Bryan Bertino (The Strangers). A video launched recently was made by those involved to help aid a studio's purchase of the script. Check out that video below.
- email@example.com (Ferg)
Last week, a title landed on the tracking boards called Grim Night . When we picked up on it, it was merely an unsold pitch - something we do not report on until it is sold, that's when it's hard news to us . What was worth noting about the pitch is that it had Bryan Bertino, director of The Strangers , attached. Today, Universal bought the pitch which concerns one night out of the year in which everyone around the world locks themselves indoors and fights of "Grims" (Death, anyone?). Brandon Bestenheider and Allen Bey penned the script. Bertino will produce. Here is the pitch trailer they went out with. »
Last night there were two separate spec script purchases that are worth your attention. Universal Pictures won Grim Night, while Warner Bros. picked up the apocalyptic drama The End.
Grim Night is a thriller about "a night that happens once a year globally, where people lock themselves at home and fend off the senseless and random attacks by Grims." Deadline reports that Universal paid between six and seven figures to beat out six other interested parties. Grim is being produced by Unbroken Films partners Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) and Adrienne Biddle along with Marc Platt. The script was written by Brandon Bestenheider and Allen Bey, and this marks their first sale. The duo helped seal the deal by making a teaser trailer that leaked right before the auction began. This looks like a unique project that I am interested in seeing. Check out the trailer below and see for yourself. »
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