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Eric Heisserer bristles at the label of horror movie screenwriter. It’s understandable. While his produced credits include a Final Destination sequel and the remakes of The Thing and A Nightmare on Elm Street, Heisserer points out that he has authored 56 feature film scripts and only eight of them have been in the horror genre. That connotation may change later this year when Heisserer’s screenplay for the sci-fi film Arrival hits screens from Prisoners and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve. But for now Heisserer and I are talking about Lights Out, a new horror offering based on director David F. Sandberg’s […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
From its brilliantly effective trailers, Lights Out -- the new horror film from first-time feature director David F. Sandberg -- comes across as your standard-issue fright fest: supernatural spook, family in peril, jump scares from wall to wall. And yet the film plumbs deeper waters than expected through the character of Sophie (Maria Bello) and her shadow-dwelling "friend" Diana, who mutually represent a surprisingly potent, and unusually perceptive, metaphor about mental illness and its capacity to wreak havoc on generations of families. For a genre not historically known for its sensitive portrayals of psychological disorders, that counts as something of a minor triumph, and the filmmakers deserve credit for bringing added heft to what could have easily been a surface-level scare machine. The feature is a long way from Sandberg's original short film of the same name, which hit YouTube in 2014 and subsequently went viral before capturing the attention of producer Lawrence Grey, »
- Chris Eggertsen
In just six or so years, writer Eric Heisserer has been involved with several high-profile horror projects, including Final Destination 5, The Thing (2011), and even the ill-fated remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (more on that later), but it’s his latest script for David Sandberg’s Lights Out that is undoubtedly his best work thus far in his career.
A thoughtful examination of fear and mental illness that still manages to have a bit of a playful streak to it as well, Lights Out is an expanded take on Sandberg’s original short film from a few years back that will undoubtedly give viewers many new reasons to be afraid of the dark. It stars Maria Bello as Sophie, a mother suffering from depression, whose “special friend” Diana can only travel within the confines of total darkness and is fixated on having Sophie all to herself. Of course, »
- Heather Wixson
Big spoilers lie ahead for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Whichever side of the imaginary rivalry you fall into, there's no denying that when it comes to movies, DC has got some catching up to do. In the same year as Marvel Studios released their first major crossover, The Avengers, Warner Bros released The Dark Knight Rises, the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's acclaimed Batman trilogy, which was firmly grounded in the notion that Bruce Wayne is the world's only superhero.
Nolan's disinterest in the larger DC toybox left Warners a few steps behind Disney and Marvel, especially after the failure of 2010's Jonah Hex and 2011's Green Lantern, the latter of which was intended as the first step into a wider universe. »
The 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street was a disappointment for most Freddy Krueger fans. Even though the Platinum Dunes film made $32.9 million its opening weekend — which gave rise to discussions regarding a 3D sequel — it never led to another installment starring Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen). In fact, we recently heard about another A Nightmare on Elm Street remake in […]
The post The ‘Goonies’-Inspired ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Remake We Didn’t See appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
Rarely do we see young children hunted and killed in a slasher movie. But that's exactly what French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo wanted to do with their version of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Way back in 2008, the duo was sought to reboot the iconic horror franchise for Platinum Dunes and New Line CInema. Perhaps their take on Freddy Krueger was just a little too much for the executives at the studio to handle. Cause the job eventually went to music video director Samuel Bayer. And man, did he ever fail at his job!
Maybe Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's version wouldn't have been better. We'll never know. But it sure sounds a heck of a lot more interesting. In fact, the pair's plans might be the only real way to go somewhere new with Freddy. Speaking with Bloody Disgusting about their new French slasher flick Among the Living, »
Earlier this week, New Line announced that they found a new writer for “Sandman,” the DC/Vertigo comic book from acclaimed fantasy author Neil Gaiman. David Goyer (“Man Of Steel,” “Batman Begins”) wrote the treatment and then a search was held to find a writer who could translate the ambitious property into a would-be trilogy. Eric Heisserer, the screenwriter of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Final Destination 5,” and “The Conjuring 2” won the gig. But apparently the hiring of the writer was the beginning of the end for star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who just dropped out of the project. The actor took to Facebook to announce he was leaving, saying creative differences emerged when New Line, a Warner Bros. subsidiary, took the project over. Read More: WB Reveals Full DC Slate Through 2020, Including Two 'Justice League' Pics, 'Wonder Woman,' 'Green Lantern' & More “Recently, as you »
- Edward Davis
So, as you might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, a while back, David Goyer and I made a producing deal with Warner Brothers to develop a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Neil himself came on as an executive producer, we hired the excellent screenwriter, Jack Thorne, and we started in on the ambitious task of adapting one of the most beloved and boundary-pushing titles in the world of comics. I was pleased with the progress we were making, even though we still had quite a ways to go.
Recently, as you also might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, the sorta “ownership” (for lack of a better term) of the Sandman material changed »
- Gary Collinson
Sandman is not an easy property to adapt, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S. Goyer have been working hard to bring the beloved Neil Gaiman property to the big screen for years now. Unfortunately, just 24 hours after it was revealed that Eric Heisserer (a scribe responsible for terrible horror reboots/sequels like A Nightmare On Elm Street,
The post Joseph Gordon-Levitt departs Sandman due to creative differences appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Josh Wilding
The project was set up at Warner Bros. in 2013 with Gordon-Levitt coming aboard to produce with “The Dark Knight” screenwriter David Goyer for an adaptation of the DC Comics title. At the time, Gordon-Levitt had made his feature directorial debut on “Don Jon” and was eyeing the project as a possible directing and starring vehicle.
“The Sandman” was published by DC Comics for 75 issues between 1989 and 1996. It centers on the character Dream, also known as the Lord of Dreams, Morpheus, Oneiros, the Shaper, the Shaper of Form, Lord of the Dreaming, the Dream King, Dream-Sneak, Dream Cat, Murphy, Kai’ckul and Lord L’Zoril.
At the start of the series, the Morpheus character was captured and held prisoner for 70 years before escaping into the modern day and rebuilding his kingdom, »
- Dave McNary
We haven’t heard a whole lot about the planned big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s masterwork, The Sandman, in quite a while, but now THR reports that a new writer has boarded the project – and they’ve also seemingly confirmed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will direct and star.
Last we heard, Gordon-Levitt was working on a treatment with David Goyer, but taking over script duties will be horror writer Eric Heisserer ,who has previously worked on the likes of the A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing remakes, and well as The Conjuring 2.
There have been several attempts to adapt Morpheus and his messed-up family for the screen in the past but, for various reasons, they all fell apart. This time, however, Gaiman himself has given his blessing to the project and seems very excited about finally seeing his creation come to life on film.
The Sandman was »
- Mark Cassidy
Warner Bros.' adaptation of Neil Gaiman's classic comic book Sandman is getting closer to becoming a reality. The Hollywood Reporter has word that Eric Heisserer (Hours) has come aboard to write the screenplay, based on a treatment written by David S. Goyer. The treatment was written to help launch the search for a screenwriter, which has now been completed.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt came aboard to star and direct the Sandman adaptation back in December 2013, but he later admitted that he was only producing. Tom Hiddleston was being sought to play Morpheus, but his involvement was never confirmed. Now it seems that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to star, produce and direct the adaptation.
It is believed that the actor/director will play Morpheus, the personification of Dreams in a family known as The Endless, whose members represent other aspects of life such as Death, Delirium, Desire, Destruction, Despair and Destiny. »
It's been quite a while since we've had any news on this one, but THR reports that Eric Heisserer (the A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing remakes) has been tapped to pen New Line's big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. We've heard persistent rumors that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would direct and star in the movie, and that seems to have been confirmed also - it's assumed he'll be taking the title role of Morpheus, but that has yet to be verified. David Goyer wrote the treatment with Levitt and will also produce. Apparently New Line hopes to make a Sandman trilogy, which should please fans who thought they might attempt to squeeze the guts of this massive story into one movie. »
We Are What We Are and American Psycho‘s Bill Sage, The Expendables‘ Dolph Lundgren, “Z Nation’s” Anastasia Baranova and “Entourage’s” Sabina Gadecki will lead the cast of Welcome to Willits, Bloody Disgusting can report. Scream 4‘s Rory Culkin and A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Thomas Dekker round out the cast in supporting roles with Chris […] »
Exclusive: Bill Sage (American Psycho) has been cast as the lead in Welcome To Willits alongside Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables), Anastasia Baranova (Z Nation) and Sabina Gadecki (Entourage). Joining them in supporting roles are Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Chris Zylka ( The Leftovers), Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie), Karrueche Tran and Keelin Woodell. Adapted from the SXSW 2015 short Welcome to Willits: After Sundown… »
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Founded in 2001 by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, Platinum Dunes’ remit was simple: low budget horror remakes from no-name directors with backgrounds similar to Bay. The more uniform the product, the greater the chance of predicting its success.
Horror had provided a dependable revenue stream for New Line (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Miramax (Scream) and Dark Castle (House On Haunted Hill), and with a commercials director at the helm, the resulting pictures, beginning with Marcus Nispel’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), looked like Mini-Me versions of Bay’s movies. It was the perfect formula and it paid off in spades, with Chainsaw raking in over $100m on a $9m budget.
It also proved what Bay’s harshest critics had been saying all along: he had the instincts of a marketer, not a filmmaker, and was more interested in profits than quality pictures.
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- Ian Watson
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