11 items from 2014
It’s 2011 and we’re already tired of franchises. Well, at least the throwaway characters about to get gutted in Stab 6 are, as one of them sarcastically writes off Saw IV as “gross, not scary” and lacking “character development.” But then the scene we’re watching pulls out to reveal itself as opening scene to Stab 7, wherein Anna Paquin (who’s watching Stab 6) becomes the exact character type she complains about: “a bunch of articulate teens sit around and deconstruct horror movies as Ghost Face kills them one by one.” She scathingly notes, “It’s been done to death.” And while it might be hard to say that Wes Craven’s Scream 4, of which these movies within movies within movies are a part of, predicted the current atmosphere of franchise fatigue, it at least has the hipster-like sense of being tired of franchises before it was cool. Scream 4 was more of a response to the »
- Kyle Turner
Lionsgate stopped cranking out Saw films roughly four years ago and that decision opened the door for the inevitable compilation Blu-ray box set, which has taken its time materializing. A listing at online retailer Amazon.com has finally confirmed the set's existence and provided us with a September 23, 2014 release date for what Lionsgate is calling Saw: The Complete Movie Collection.
You have to take a stroll down memory lane to recollect how many Saw films Lionsgate produced between 2004 and 2010. The horror franchise started with Saw (2004) and then delivered annual entries with Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009) and Saw 3D (2010).
Saw: The Complete Movie Collection will include the unrated cuts of all seven Saw films on Blu-ray and Digital HD across three discs. It would be unfortunate if Saw 3D wasn't presented in 3D, but that's a possibility considering there's no mention of 3D on the box art. »
Four new names have been added to the cast list for SyFy's newly adapted series based on Terry Gillam's '12 Monkeys'. 'Saw IV's Lyriq Bent has joined the show to play virologist Dr. Henri and 'The Originals' star Todd Stashwick is all set to play Deacon, the 'leader of a brutal band of scavengers in the year 2043 called The West 7'. Completing the new foursome is 'Hemlock Grove's Demore Barnes who will play Whitley, 'one of the last remaining soldiers of the American military in 2043' and the sexy Romina D'Ugo -below ('King') who will star as 'Max, a survivor in the truest sense who grew up in the post-apocalypse and never knew the time before the plague.' »
It’s bananas how much new casting there is to report for 12 Monkeys.
Video Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Trailer
TVLine has learned exclusively that a quartet of actors have landed recurring roles on the Syfy drama, which is inspired by the 1995 feature film and stars Aaron Stanford (Nikita) and Amanda Schull (Suits) as a man sent from the future to stop a plague and the current-day scientist who helps him in that endeavor.
Described as a mix of Predator and Call of Duty, the film tells the story of a Special Ops team sent to optain a weapon of mass destruction from North Korea. The team is then transported to another world, and must fight for survival against a dangerous alien race.
Written by newcomer James E. Cavanaugh, Apex is taking shape at 2511 Productions in association with Ambiance Pictures. Joe Di Maio (Kid Cannibis, The Last Call) will produce along with Aaron Ray (V/H/S, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt).
Bousman calls Apex “a love letter to the sci-fi films I grew up watching with my dad, such as Alien, Predator, Enemy Mine, Tremors. But I also want it »
- James Garcia
Darren Lynn Bousman is attached to direct the indie sci-fi action-thriller Apex for 2511 Productions.
The plot is being described as a cross between Predator and the hit video game Call of Duty, centering on a Special Ops team tasked with finding a weapon of mass destruction in North Korea. When the Wmd is transported into another world, these soldiers find themselves going up against a deadly alien race.
James E. Cavanaugh came up with the original idea and wrote the screenplay, which addresses current trends in physics and biology. The screenwriter will also produce alongside Joe Di Maio (Kid Cannabis, Last Call) and Aaron Ray (V/H/S, The Ministers). The producers are envisioning Apex as a transmedia property, and plan to reveal concept art and alien designs at this year's Comic-Con.
Here's what Darren Lynn Bousman had to say about the project in a statement, where he said he »
Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) is set to direct the independent sci-fi action movie Apex. The project, scripted by James E. Cavanaugh, is described as Predator meets Call of Duty. A special ops unit is sent to retrieve a Wmd from North Korea and ends up transported to another world where they must fight a dangerous alien race. It's an interesting premise---sounds like it could make a nice double feature with Edge of Tomorrow. I am curious to see what Bousman and 2511 Productions can do with an indie budget to create an alien world. Hit the jump for quotes from Bousman on his vision for Apex. Courtesy of Heat Vision: "Bousman sees Apex as 'a love letter to the sci-fi films I grew up watching with my dad, such as Alien, Predator, Enemy Mine, Tremors. But I also want it to have the more modern feel »
- Brendan Bettinger
The phrase "serial killer" is most often attributed to the late FBI agent Robert Ressler, who coined the term along with fellow agent John Douglas as they began profiling and researching murder cases in the 1970s. His work led him to have direct contact with serial killers, with Ressler apparently receiving a painting from killer John Wayne Gacy with an inscription that apparently read: "Dear Bob Ressler, you cannot hope to enjoy the harvest without first laboring in the fields. Best wishes and good luck. Sincerely, John Wayne Gacy, June 1988."
The inscription sounds like it came out of a movie, which perhaps isn't so surprising since Hollywood has been making movies about serial killers since the silent era. Sometimes these movies are about real-life killers, other times they are based on real-life killers or events, or, and perhaps even more disturbing, they are based on nothing but imagination. Either way, »
- Ryan Gowland
One-year-old Versatile, the Paris-based sales company headed by Pape Boye and Violaine Pichon, has closed a slew of sales on two flagship titles on its first-year slate: Supernatural thriller “Abattoir,” helmed by Darren Lynn Bousman, director of “Saw II,” “Saw III” and “Saw IV,” and Sundance winner “Blind,” from first-time Norwegian helmer Eskil Vogt.
Produced by Jesse Berger via Radical Studios’ genre banner Dark Web, and co-produced by France’s Les Enfants Terribles, run by Yoel Dahan and Yohan Baiada, “Abattoir” will topline on-the-rise Chad Michael Murray, who stars opposite Nicolas Cage in “Left Behind,” and Alexandra Breckenridge (“Other People’s Children”).
Currently, a multi-territory deal for the U.K., Eastern Europe, Brazil, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Portugal is pending announcement. A separate deal for German-speaking rights will also be announced. »
- John Hopewell
Get ready for underworld thrills that are gritty, gripping and always intense! On August 12th, Anchor Bay Entertainment releases AMC's powerful original series Low Winter Sun on DVD. Available as a 3-disc set, Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series contains all 10 episodes from the series the New York Post says, "grabs you by the lapels and pulls you - forcefully - right into its seamy, low-rent worlds of intrigue and double-and triple-crosses." This release also contains plenty of insightful bonus features about the making of the show including behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes and making-of featurettes.
Based on the 2006 award-winning British two-part mini-series of the same name, written by Simon Donald and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions (an Endemol Company), Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. Low Winter Sun »
The producers behind Paranormal Activity and Insidious are back with another horror pic Visions. With big names such as Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, Community‘s Gillian Jacobs and The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons already attached, Visions can boast in acquiring another famous TV name to its cast; Eva Longoria.
Visions follows the story of a pregnant woman (played by Isla Fisher) who moves to the countryside with her husband where she becomes plagued by visions of a sinister hooded figure. This is already giving me the creeps! Longoria is set to star as Fisher’s chic and fashionable friend, who disapproves of Fisher’s life choices.
- Tina Baraga
11 items from 2014
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