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After Amazon's unsuccessful attempt to turn it into a TV show and director Ruben Fleischer's disappointing follow-ups, 30 Minutes Or Less and Gangster Squad, it makes sense that Sony are nutting up once more. That's right, hold on to all your remaining Twinkies, because Zombieland 2 is a-coming.With Fleischer definitely back on board, you'd hope the writers of the 2009 zom-comedy would be too, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have moved on to other things, such as Deadpool, the Watch Dogs game adaptation and, um, G.I. Joe Retaliation. Taking their place for the zee-quel is David Callaham, hot off doing a rewrite for Ant-Man, as well as penning Godzilla.Zombieland's worldwide gross came in at $102 million (off a $23.6 million budget), and until World War Z was the highest grossing zombie flim ever released in America. Sony and Fleischer will be hoping for something similar, though much of that »
In the five years since Zombieland hit theaters, zombies haven’t gone out of style one bit. AMC’s The Walking Dead still has record-breaking ratings, will soon be joined by a companion series, and already has another zombie-infested series on Syfy - Z Nation – for competition. In theaters, World War Z was successful enough to earn a sequel and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has finally moved out of development hell.
Zombieland, too, was back briefly when Amazon produced a pilot episode based off the movie for one of its potential original series. The Zombieland series would’ve continued the adventures of Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock, but its pilot didn’t win itself enough fans and Amazon chose ...
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- Sarah Moran
"I'm actually very snobbish about directors. I have to say no all the time," Brad Pitt told GQ in an interview for the magazine's upcoming issue. He went on to say that, "No is the most powerful word in our business. You've got to protect yourself... To leave home, it's got to be worth leaving." Pitt's self-diagnosed "snobbishness" about directors certainly hasn't gone unnoticed. Throughout his career, Pitt has worked with David Fincher (Seven) and Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven) three times apiece, Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly) twice, and a slew of other great directors once each, including Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and the Coen brothers (Burn After Reading). Additionally, Pitt's selectiveness has led him to starring in director David Ayer's (End of Watch) upcoming film Fury, a World War II tank drama that focuses on a crew of battle-hardened allied soldiers during a mission deep in enemy territory. »
- Jordan Benesh
When we talk about difficult film productions, the same names seem to come through. Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter, for instance, are productions with well-told stories of how those behind the scenes went to proverbial hell and back. In more recent times, most of us are more than familiar with the hell that those behind World War Z went through to get it to the screen.
What I though would be a bit different though is take a generally very successful film, and dig a bit deeper to see if there was a troubled story there. One where behind the scenes issues are rarely talked about. Given that I've come to this piece straight after writing about 1991's movies, here, I settled on The Addams Family. »
Presented by Diamond Comic Distributors on October 25th at participating comic book stores is the 3rd Annual Halloween ComicFest (Hcf), featuring costume contests and giveaways of horror-themed comics. Shops will be giving out 19 free titles this year, and readers can seek out tales of the living dead in Afterlife with Archie #1, Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, and Max Brooks’ Extinction Parade #1.
Press Release - “Diamond Comic Distributors announces a celebration of comics, comic shops, and pop-culture in October with the third annual Halloween ComicFest (Hcf) event! Communities are encouraged to check out their local comic shop and get free comics while also participating in shop’s special Halloween events such as costume contests, sales, character appearances and more on Saturday, October 25th, 2014!
During Halloween ComicFest, adults and kids can go into a local participating comic shop and get free Halloween and horror themed comics and mini-comics published specifically for Halloween ComicFest. »
- Derek Anderson
There's been barely a moment to breathe since "The Imitation Game," "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything" showed their wares at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, but there's rarely any rest for the weary during awards season. Three films are making noise in the Best Picture rankings this week and all for different reasons. David Fincher's "Gone Girl" has already received some strong early reviews, but its big closeup will be Friday when it opens the 2014 New York Film Festival and a theater full of prestige pundits finally get to see it. Pre-release polling shows a strong $25 million-plus opening for the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel and the flood of reviews this weekend "should" give the film an even bigger boost (no doubt part of 20th Century Fox's plan). "Girl" is one contender that will likely need to solidify its standing from both critical and moviegoer response. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The story centers on a group of four men who set off on a rescue mission to save a group of captives from a tribe of cannibals who live on the edge of civilization. Patrick Wilson is playing a "thoughtful cowboy" whose life is interrupted by a tragedy, which hinders his rise to foreman in his cattle outfit. Matthew Fox is playing an unscrupulous gentleman with sinister plans.
S. Craig Zahler (The Brigands of Rattleborge, Air Guitar Nation) is directing from his own screenplay, with Caliber Media partners Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller producing. They have also arranged financing through a deal with The Fyzz Facility's Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones and David Gilbery. No production schedule was given.
Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Insidious) is set to star opposite Kurt Russell in Caliber Media's Bone Tomahawk. Matthew Fox (Alex Cross, World War Z) is also joining the cast that includes Richard Jenkins (The Cabin in the Woods).
In the film, four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.
- Ryan Turek
Where is the line between justice and revenge? That’s the central question at the heart of Hand of God, a psychological drama starring Golden Globe-winner Ron Perlman as a corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown after his son attempts suicide. It was a role that “completely intimidated” Perlman, who is best known for playing the ruthless patriarch of a motorcycle gang in Sons of Anarchy.
A pilot that can intimidate Ron Perlman? If that doesn’t make you curious to see what it’s about, Hand of God co-stars Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives) as Perlman’s steely wife and Garrett Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men) as a born-again sociopath. The pilot is also directed by renowned filmmaker Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, World War Z), who joins creator Ben Watkins (Burn Notice), the producers and stars in this behind-the-scenes look.
Now that you’re fully intrigued, you have »
A bit of a Breaking Bad themed casting roundup for you guys: Bryan Cranston is in talks to co-star in Legendary Pictures' The Great Wall for director Zhang Yimou. Aaron Paul has signed on to Miramax's The 9th Life of Louis Drax for famed horror director Alexandre Aja. Hit the jump for more on these two established and talented actors continuing to get work. Starting off with Bryan Cranston, Deadline is reporting that he is in talks to co-star in The Great Wall for Zwick. This project really seems to be picking up steam since it was only yesterday that we were reporting on the possibility of Matt Damon tackling a different role. The story was developed by Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull and Max Brooks (author of World War Z). It appears to be a sci-fi take on how the wall was built, which begs the question, "are »
- Evan Dickson
Avert your eyes, spoiler-phobes: Netflix, the streaming video service that is arguably the reason we care about spoilers in the first place, now has a special web page dedicated to the very phenomenon it helped create.
As spotted by The Wrap, the site is titled Living With Spoilers, and is broken into three sections, which demand to be discussed in detail. So consider this a spoilerific deep dive into Netflix’s site about Spoilers.
What kind of spoiler are you?
This is a flowchart so you can determine what kind of spoiler you are—”spoiler” meaning, in this case, a person who spoils. »
- Joshua Rivera
A Netflix survey has found that 94% of people will carry on watching a show or film even if theyve heard a key plot point. Thanks to our timeshifted viewing habits, the spoiler is increasingly losing its power
You may have heard the story about the Usual Suspects, Bryan Singers serpentine 90s whodunnit. On its release, a nationwide cult of secrecy formed around the identity of the killer, preserving it so that others could enjoy the reveal until someone graffitied the name of the killer next to one of the characters on the classic lineup poster.
In the 90s, this was violence, the detonation of a shared cultural moment. But if it happened today, wed probably laugh it off, maybe even Instagram it. A new survey by Netflix has found that we increasingly dont care about spoilers: 76% of the 2000-odd respondents said that spoilers were now just a part of life, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
According to Deadline, Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston is in early discussions with Legendary to co-star in their upcoming epic, The Great Wall. No word on who the actor may be in line to portray, but today’s announcement comes hot on the heels of Saturday’s news that Matt Damon is in talks with Chinese director Zhang Yimou – inked to direct – for a role. Damon’s slate is already starting to get crowded, but the pair are reportedly trying to arrange a time in his busy schedule so he can snag the other lead.
Based on a script by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, the film will be produced by Thomas Tull, Charles Roven, Jon Jashni, Richard Suckle and Peter Loehr. In development for quite some time now, the project originally had Ed Zwick attached to direct. Man Of Steel Henry Cavill, True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgaard, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter »
- Gem Seddon
The film has been in development for years with Ed Zwick (Glory) previously set to direct with Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker attached to play the leads. However, that plan crumbled, and Zwick eventually left to go direct Pawn Sacrifice, so Zhang Yimou (Hero) stepped in. The story—based on an idea by Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull and World War Z author Max Brooks—explores the mystery of why the Great Wall of China was built. You think it was to keep out the Mongolian hordes? You fool! It Is So Much More. It's also a tourist destination and a way for studios to tap into the lucrative Chinese market. Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, Damon is interested in working with Zhang, and the two almost got together on Flowers of War, but that film ultimately starred Christian Bale. Scheduling conflicts might get in the way »
- Matt Goldberg
In this day and age we, as a society, have become obsessed with the idea of a post-apocalyptic life. This has created an enormous output of post-apocalyptic young adult fiction titles. From I Am Legend to The Road, and from World War Z to The Hunger Games, these fiction titles have been transposed to film for the good of both movie fans and producers alike. The latest installment in this craze is The Maze Runner. The novel by James Dashner, on which the film is based, is the first book in a trilogy about a group of boys that live inside of a maze. Too vague?
The Maze Runner centers around Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), a young man without any memory, except for his name. He is thrown into the middle of “The Glade,” a society of only boys that exists in the center of a maze. Day in and day out, »
- Steve Goldberg
In the newly created role, he will oversee Skydance’s finance, accounting and administrative operations. He’ll also support the analysis and execution of new initiatives.
The move comes two weeks after veteran TV executive Michael Wright was announced as the new CEO at DreamWorks, replacing Stacey Snider who will leave the company at the beginning of January. A DreamWorks spokeswoman said that the company would issue an announcement related to Wasserman’s departure later this week.
“I am thrilled to welcome Larry Wasserman to the Skydance family,” said Ellison, who’s the CEO of Skydance. “Larry’s wealth of knowledge and depth of experience make him the perfect addition to our company as we continue to grow and expand our film and television business.”
Wasserman spent a decade at DreamWorks in a variety of senior posts. »
- Dave McNary
Larry Wasserman has joined Skydance Productions in the newly created role of Chief Financial Officer. He will oversee Skydance’s finance, accounting, and administrative operations, as well as back up new initiatives of a company that right now is flying on all cylinders. Skydance CEO David Ellison hired Wasserman, who most recently was CFO for DreamWorks and spent a decade there, helping secure $1 billion in funding through Reliance and Jp Morgan Chase. Before that, Wasserman worked for Universal.
“Larry’s wealth of knowledge and depth of experience make him the perfect addition to our company as we continue to grow and expand our film and television business,” Ellison said.
Skydance has become a franchise factory, aligned with Paramount Pictures. They just wrapped the first installment of the Terminator franchise with Terminator: Genisys for July 1, 2015 release, and are shooting Mission: Impossible 5 with Chris McQuarrie and Tom Cruise; Star Trek 3 »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Back in 2010, the Ford brothers won over the hearts of zombie puritans everywhere with their African-set horror film The Dead, which many praised for paying homage to 70s and 80s Romero classics where zombies shuffled slower than myself waking up with a whiskey hangover. I, on the contrary, found the Ford’s delivery to be bland and characterless, reducing pacing to a sluggish stumble, but my complaints are some viewers’ main points of approval. For those simpletons, I can confirm The Dead 2 will satisfy your “Walkers Only” stance, as the Fords have repurposed Mumbai for their newest zombie thriller – and in the same breath, if you’re more like me, this undead sequel shambles about with the same vapid pulse that let The Dead become so recognizable.
With no real correlation to The Dead, the Ford brothers introduce us to an American turbine engineer named Nicholas (Joseph Millson) who must »
- Matt Donato
Ultimate action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as commander of an elite yet volatile DEA task force, with support from an all-star cast including Sam Worthington (Avatar), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike), Josh Holloway (Lost) Terence Howard (Dead Man Down), Mirelle Enos (World War Z) and Olivia Williams (Hanna).
After raiding a drug cartel’s mansion, John ‘Breacher’ Wharton (Schwarzenegger) and his team of rogue agents hide $10 million of the hoard for themselves. Returning to retrieve the money later, they find it’s vanished…and the carnage begins. As the agents find themselves taken down one by one in increasingly sadistic and horrific ways, the race is on to find the culprit. When Breacher teams up with Caroline Brentwood (Williams), the officer assigned to investigate the murders, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
“I’ll be back.” That famous line from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg warrior applies not just to the Terminator character, but also to the film franchise itself. We knew that the sci-fi action series would be rebooted with the Schwarzenegger-starring Terminator: Genisys, and now release dates have been set for two additional Terminator movies from Paramount.
According to Box Office Mojo, Terminator 2 is due out on May 19th, 2017, and Terminator 3 is slated for release on June 29th, 2018. The plan is for both reboot sequels to film back-to-back. No further details are available at this time, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on these movies when more information surfaces. Terminator: Genisys hits theaters on July 1st, 2015 and is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones):
- Derek Anderson
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