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Over a year since we first heard whispers about a Lost In Space remake, the project has now made a giant leap forward – Netflix has stepped in to provide a home for the new take on Irwin Allen’s classic family-focused sci-fi series.
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless – the writers behind Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter and Gods Of Egypt – are executive producing the new take alongside Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, Marc Helwig from Legendary Television, and director Neil Marshall.
Marshall – who’s believed to be directing the pilot episode, at least – has an impressive CV to back him up. He’s directed episodes of Game Of Thrones, Constantine, Hannibal and Black Sails in recent years, and also helmed the feature films Centurion, Doomsday and The Descent.
Deadline broke the news, »
Actress Olga Kurylenko started out her Western acting career in spectacular fashion after being cast as Bond girl Camille in Quantum of Solace. Since then she’s had a steady career and has worked across several genres, though she appears to have caught the action bug, having starred in Hitman, Max Payne, Centurion and Oblivion. All of these films have seen her cast in the role of supporting character, her role the female counterpart to the male action hero. This week though sees Olga thrust straight into the action spotlight as she heads up Momentum.
In Momentum Kurylenko plays Alex Farraday, a mysterious thief pulled into one last heist by her former partner. The heist, as always in this type of film, goes awry and Alex finds herself embroiled in something much more important than mere diamonds. A cat and mouse game ensues as Alex »
- Kat Hughes
Neil Marshall interview
Neil Marshall is a British director who burst onto the horror scene with the fantastic Dog Soldiers. His brilliant début saw a group of soldiers on a weekend training expedition confronted with a band of werewolves. Marshall followed this with The Descent, a film which is easily one of the most claustrophobic and terrifying movies of the this millennium. He then took a side step and created Doomsday, a science-fiction, post apocalyptic action film in the vein of Mad Max. Marshall’s last feature film was Centurion all the way back in 2010 and starred a then unknown Michael Fassbender.
Since then Neil has been working hard within the world of television and has directed episodes of shows such as Constantine, Hannibal and Game of Thrones. He’s currently promoting anthology film Tales of Halloween, a film that unites several well-known names in the horror circuits and celebrates everything Halloween. »
- Kat Hughes
ScreamFest La is now in full swing, and I could not be more ready for a week+ of horror movies from some of the best up-and-coming horror producers/directors in the world! I attended opening night on Tuesday and was treated to Epic Pictures & The October Society’s horror anthology Tales Of Halloween. The film included ten short terrifying—and sometimes hilarious—films from the likes of Adam Gierasch (Fertile Ground, Night Of The Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Axelle Carolyn (Centurion, Soulmate), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2-4), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), John Skipp (Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), Lucky Mckee (The Woman), Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers), Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent), Paul Solet (Grace), and Ryan Schifrin (Abominable).
There are quite a few horror movies reaching the silver screen this weekend, but Tales Of Halloween is the perfect film for the season. »
- Caroline Stephenson
Axelle Carolyn was a horror fanatic long before she was a horror filmmaker, beginning her career as a journalist for Fangoria magazine before directing a number of horror shorts and picking up small roles in films including two of husband Neil Marshall's films: 2008 post-apocalyptic actioner "Doomsday" and the historical war film "Centurion" starring Michael Fassbender. In 2013, she made her feature directorial debut with the supernatural horror film "Soulmate," which premiered at that year's Sitges Film Festival. No doubt Carolyn's biggest effort to date is the upcoming horror anthology "Tales of Halloween," for which she rounded up a number of fellow filmmakers including Lucky McKee ("May, "The Woman"), Darren Lynn Bousman ("Saw II-IV") and Marshall -- who directs the film's final segment "The Bad Seed" -- for ten tales of All Hallows Eve-themed terror. Not only did she create and produce the film, Carolyn also directed one of the segments -- "Grim Grinning Ghost, »
- Chris Eggertsen
In 2006, Alan Jones of Total Film coined the term "Splat Pack" to identify a group of young directors who were making waves at the box office with a crop of ultra-violent, hard-r horror films like "Hostel" (Eli Roth), "High Tension" (Alexandre Aja) and "Saw" (James Wan). Included in that group was Neil Marshall, who made his feature directorial debut with 2002's well-received werewolf horror-comedy "Dog Soldiers" and hit a high point with 2005's "The Descent," a harrowingly bleak, blood-drenched creature feature about a group of spelunkers being terrorized by pale-skinned humanoid cave dwellers. Though Marshall has dipped in and out of horror in the years since -- his recent credits include the 2010 historical actioner "Centurion" and two episodes of HBO's "Game of Thrones" -- he remains most closely associated with the genre that made him a star. Now he's making a return to form with "Tales of Halloween," a new ten-part anthology film created, »
- Chris Eggertsen
British horror and fantasy filmmaker Neil Marshall talks to Shock about Tales Of Halloween. Neil Marshall needs no elaborate introduction to Shock readers, seeing as his dark visions have birthed such contemporary horror masterpieces as Dog Soldiers and The Descent as well as go-for-broke action scrappers like Doomsday and Centurion, not to mention his efforts quickening…
- Chris Alexander
We've seen the lovely and talented Olga Kurylenko kick ass before (we discuss this in the latest Hottie Stop interview), notably in Quantum Of Solace, Centurion, and The November Man, and now she's taking it to the next level as the female lead in the action-thriller Momentum, which finds her thief character on the run after pulling a major bank heist and being double-crossed by her team. Today we... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Written and directed by Neil Marshall
English writer-director Neil Marshall’s value as a commodity in the filmmaking business as cooled off somewhat in the wake of an extraordinary first few years of the new millennium. He mostly concentrates on television now (which, in his defence, is where a lot of incredibly talented people opt to work nowadays), but from 2002 to around 2008, his name was synonymous with terrifically high-octane, bone chilling horror-action films. Things took a turn with Doomsday (2008), which received significant studio backing but flopped at the box office, followed by 2010’s Centurion, which received an extremely quiet theatrical release. Say what one will of his latter theatrical efforts, nothing will quench the lustre of his 2002 debut, the insanely amusing Dog Soldiers.
Set in the Scottish Highlands, Private Lawrence Cooper (Kevin McKidd) is one of a few soldiers assigned to an important drill, the purpose »
- Edgar Chaput
After making the jump to television for the likes of Game of Thrones, Black Sails, Hannibal and Constantine, it looks like Neil Marshall has found his next big screen project, with Deadline reporting that the filmmaker has signed on to helm The Sentence.
The project, which is being financed by EuropaCorp, is described as “a futuristic revenge thriller in the vein of Death Wish“, and has been scripted by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen).
The Sentence will mark Marshall’s first feature film since 2010’s Centurion, although he has directed a segment of the upcoming anthology horror Tales of Halloween. He also remains attached to a remake of Troll Hunter, as well as The Last Voyage of Demeter and Hellfest.
- Gary Collinson
Though starting out as a feature filmmaker with the likes of "The Descent," "Doomsday" and "Centurion," director Neil Marshall has made more of a name for himself in recent years on television helming key episodes of big-budget shows like "Game of Thrones," "Black Sails" and "Hannibal".
He'll soon return to the big screen though as he's been set to direct the futuristic revenge thriller "The Sentence" for EuropaCorp. Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt ("Olympus Has Fallen") have penned the script which is described as being in the vein of "Death Wish".
Marc Helwig will produce. No word on when production is slated to begin, or how his commitment to this will impact his ability to work on various TV shows.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Neil Marshall hasn't released a feature film since 2010's Centurion, but that's not to say that the director has been slacking off; Marshall successfully delved into the world of television having directed standout episodes of Game of Thrones, Hannibal, and more. It now appears that the director is ready to head back into the world of features as Deadline reports that... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Another big week of DVD and Blu-ray releases for genre fans out there as we’ve got several cult classics coming to Blu-ray and more than a dozen indie films headed home on DVD as well on June 23rd. Scream Factory is showing Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers some love on Tuesday with their Collector’s Edition Combo set and Kino Lorber is also giving a high-def overhaul to both Needful Things and The Island of Dr. Moreau too. The provocative horror fantasy Horsehead is also arriving on both Blu and DVD and for any longtime Ryan Gosling fans out there, you’ll undoubtedly want to snag a copy of Young Hercules: The Complete Series which is coming to DVD for the first time ever this week.
A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on »
- Heather Wixson
Scream Factory's Dog Soldiers Collector's Edition Blu-ray / DVD hits shelves tomorrow:
Synopsis: "A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on special training maneuvers face their biggest fears after they run into Captain Ryan – the only survivor of a Special Ops team that was literally torn to pieces. Ryan refuses to disclose his mission even though whoever attacked his men might be hungry for seconds. Help arrives in the form of local girl who shelters them in a deserted farmhouse deep in the forest…but when they realize that they are surrounded by a pack of blood-lusting werewolves, it's apparent their nightmare has just begun!
- Derek Anderson
Nearly 13 years ago, a British Army unit discovered what lives in the shadows in Neil Marshall's feature film directorial debut, Dog Soldiers, and this summer Scream Factory is revisiting what that doomed group encountered with their Dog Soldiers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD. First announced in 2013, the anticipated release has been pushed back more than once to ensure it's the best possible final version. At long last, the beloved werewolf film will come out on June 23rd and it will be well worth the wait, as the newly revealed special features are enough to make horror hounds drool and howl at the moon with pleasure.
Press Release -- "Six Men. Full Moon. No Chance. The terrifying thriller Dog Soldiers gets the Scream Factory treatment with a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack available June 23rd, 2015. Fans who order their copy from ShoutFactory.com will receive an exclusive Dog Soldiers poster, »
- Derek Anderson
Paris — Paris-based financier/co-producer Backup Films (“Still Alice”) is getting ready to launch its first English-language series, “Britannia,” a historical epic exec produced by “Game of Thrones” and “Centurion” director Neil Marshall.
The show, which chronicles Rome’s invasion of Britannia in the 1st century Ad, is created by Martha Little who will exec produce along with Elizabeth Stanley and Thomas Bliss (“Children of Men”). Marshall, who earned an Emmy nom for directing “Game of Thrones’s” episode “The Watchers on the Wall,” will write the pilot episode on top of exec producing.
“Britannia” takes place in 43 Ad when the Roman Emperor Claudius, who ruled over the expansionist Roman Empire, ordered the invasion of Britannia, an egalitarian land where women and men were on an equal footing.
The series, conceived to be edgy enough for pay TV, will center around three main characters: The tribal King, Prasutagus, his wife, Queen Boudicea, »
- Elsa Keslassy
16 items from 2015
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