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There once was a time (and it was not so very long ago) when TV shows were adapted into films and not the other way around. But as the imagination of contemporary Hollywood remains in strictly “pastiche” mode, it should come as no surprise that quite a number of beloved films from the 1980s and 90s are getting their own small-screen adaptations and spinoffs. Joining the TV crowd is Wes Craven’s 1996 slasher comedy Scream, which is now getting another day in the dark with a full series order from MTV.
MTV’s Scream series will follow a group of high-school stereotypes as they survive (or don’t) a serial killer in their midst. Everyone from the “shy popular girl” (Willa Fitzgerald) to the artsy loner (John Karna) will be on hand to play their requisite parts. It does not seem to be clear whether this show will simply take place in Woodboro, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The Scream TV spinoff has been picked up by MTV for a ten-episode first season.
The network confirmed today (October 29) that the series will premiere in October 2015.
Scream spawned movie sequels in 1997, 2000 and 2011.
It was recently confirmed that the film's famous masked Ghostface killer would not initially feature in the spin-off series.
"However, while Ghostface is owned by Fun World, the Scream motion picture franchise is owned by The Weinstein Company, and it is their option to film a movie or TV show without Ghostface.
"Who knows what will happen in the future regarding the series and Ghostface? Never say never."
The pilot of the television series will »
The upcoming Scream television series will not initially feature Ghostface.
There are no plans in place to bring the masked killer from the films to the small screen, according to Ghostface designer Rj Torbert.
"I had been in communication with The Weinstein Company regarding this, and they have informed me - that as of now and during the initial launch - that Ghostface is not involved in the new format," he said in a Q&A (via Ghostface.co.uk).
"They also indicated that because of this direction, it does not mean that Ghostface will not be involved at a later date."
Torbert added: "We believe Scream is Ghostface and Ghostface is Scream. However, while Ghostface is owned by Fun World, the Scream motion picture franchise is owned by The Weinstein Company, and it is their option to film a movie or TV show without Ghostface.
"Who knows what will »
When "Scream 4" hit theaters, the plan was to make a new trilogy. Even though lots of actors were brought back and the film was once again directed by Wes Craven, "Scream 4" only managed to earn $97 million worldwide, which is almost half what the previous lowest-grossing "Scream" installment earned. Clearly fans no longer care about the "Scream" franchise, which is why it was a bit surprising when The Weinstein Company announced that it partnered with MTV and Craven to turn "Scream" into a TV series. Now comes word from Fun World, the company that owns the rights to the Ghostface mask, that the upcoming TV series will not include Ghostface. "I had been in communication with [The Weinstein Company] regarding this and they have informed me, that as of now, and during the initial launch that Ghostface is not involved in the new format," said Fun World's Rj Tolbert. "They also indicated that because of this direction, »
If The Weinstein Company opts to move forward with the series while omitting the presence of Ghostface theyll be all but shooting themselves in the feet. The Scream franchise isnt exactly on the upswing. Genre fans have shown waning interest in the franchise as it is (each film has seen gradual decline in numbers Scream earned 103 million Scream 2 101 million Scream 3 89 million Scream 4 38 million). To possibly pull the one familiar from the franchise could prove detrimental. »
Ja from Mnpp here with our third week's worth of Halloween-flavored "Beauty vs Beast" treats - today we're swerving away from Wes Craven's cadre of high school students in distress to hit up a whole different kind of Final Girl fight club: jump in the Snowcat, we're heading up to The Overlook Hotel to face off the ill-fated Torrances, Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and Jack (Jack Nicholson), with their snowed-in battle for little Danny's soul.
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You've just got one week til the cold takes over, the elevator doors swing open, and the blood gets off on the second floor, so cast your votes and let us know which Torrance you feel for in the comments.
After years of playing screaming victims, women in todays horror TV series and films depict something much more scary repressed female anger
If youve seen any horror movie or TV show, you know that women play a pretty prominent role: the victim.
We see them waiting for a man to save them, we see them running, bloodied and terrified, we see them tied and cut up, and we see them completely powerless at the hands of murderers. And while some movies flip the genre and its gender roles on its head (Rosemarys Baby, Carrie, Alien and Scream 4 to name a few), up until recently, the most terrifying thing about women in horror was that they were doomed to follow tired, formulaic storylines. That is, until 2014.
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- Anne T Donahue
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
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
The prospect of a remake of I Saw the Devil with Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next) at the helm is far more compelling than the idea of Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan taking on a remake of I Know What You Did Last Summer. Not because Flanagan is a bad filmmaker or anything like that, but merely because who cares about a new I Know What You Did... moviec Scream 4 was a bust in 2011 and I Know What You Did... was riding on the original Scream's coattails, so who thinks a new one is a smart business decisionc Now, the idea of Wingard taking on Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil with The Guest screenwriter Simon Barrett is a different story. The Guest begins hitting theaters this week and even with You're Next, Wingard has shown a knack for mixing small doses of dark humor within his terrifying tales, »
- Brad Brevet
Myriad Pictures will handle worldwide sales and is introducing the project at the Toronto Film Festival.
Teegarden will star as a feisty American hip-hop dancer who travels to India with her family for a wedding and falls in love with a new style of dance and the man who introduces her to it. Tiger Shroff is in talks for the male lead.
The film is scheduled to shoot in India in the first quarter.
- Dave McNary
High school is rough for everyone, but things get a little more complicated when your prestigious all-girl prep school is severely isolated across a frozen landscape and your parents mysteriously fail to pick you up for winter break. No calls or anything. Such is the case for Rose and Kat, the unfortunate teens at the center of Osgood Perkins‘ upcoming film, February. Described as a coming-of-age horror thriller, the film follows Rose and Kat along with a third young woman named Joan — identified as “beautiful and haunted,” always a great yearbook superlative — who starts a journey to come save them. But as she gets closer, Kat starts experiencing terrifying visions, and Rose is only able to silently watch as she becomes possessed by a sinister, unseen energy. Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka have just signed on to star in the film, but it’s not clear which two of the trio they’ll be playing. Since »
- Samantha Wilson
• Jag star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]
• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the »
- Jake Perlman
Being that 95% of the human race is comprised of idiots, I so understand the desire to never leave the house. Still, there are times when even our places of refuge are violated and become pretty damned scary. Read on for the first word on the new horror flick Shut In.
THR is reporting that Beth Riesgraf (pictured), who was one of the stars of TNT’s "Leverage," is starring in the psychological horror thriller Shut In, which began production this week in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Riesgraf is playing a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is »
- Steve Barton
Beth Riesgraf, who was one of the stars of TNT’s Leverage, is starring in the psychological horror thriller Shut In, which began production this week in Shreveport, La. Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Veronica Mars movie) and Jack Kesy (Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain) also are starring in the indie flick, which is being directed by Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within). Riesgraf is playing a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is
- Borys Kit
Written and directed by Osgood Perkins, the son of legendary Psycho actor Anthony Perkins, the film concerns beautiful and haunted Joan, a woman who makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break.
- Ryan Turek
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details on The Ride, Abruptio, and Howard Lovecraft & the Three Kingdoms hardback graphic novel, a trailer for Find Me and Trauma Dolls, casting news on Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, and much more:
New Casting Details for Bad Kids Go 2 Hell: “In Bad Kids Go to 2 Hell, it’s four years later and a new group of students has been placed in Saturday detention at snooty Crestview Academy. After one of the kids locks away the teacher assigned to watch them, the five of them very quickly find their ranks dwindling as each meets a gruesome fate. They may make it out of the library, but with a new threat revealing itself around every hallway, is there enough time and resources for at least one »
- Tamika Jones
I love the different kind of projects that Elijah Wood takes on and once again it looks like he’s out to prove that he can play any genre and find a great character, this time it’s in Nacho Vigolando’s Open Windows – the man behind Timecrimes and Extraterrestrial.
This web-based thriller finds Wood playing Nick Chambers, a man who wins a date in a contest with actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). However, she refuses to have the dinner and Nick meets ‘Chord’ online and makes an offer he can’t refuse: the ability to view Jill secretly via computer. Nick begins watching the unknowing star on her webcam, not realising that this decision will put both himself and Jill at risk as they enter a terrifying world of cat-and-mouse where nothing — and no one — are as they seem…
This debut trailer holds all kinds of creepiness and kinda »
- Dan Bullock
Horror gaming is a monster in and of itself. Yet, one monster has been seemingly absent from the bloody masquerade of video games... the slasher. That is all changing with Supermassive Games’ upcoming slasher film-inspired Until Dawn.
The game made a stunning debut during Sony's press conference, where they were keen to point out the large role the element of choice will play in the game. The news was already promising, but the developers just revealed how deep the infernal pit goes...
Until Dawn will feature thousands of storyline branches and hundreds of endings. The game accomplishes this through the use of what Supermassive calls “the butterfly effect.” When a choice must be made, such as whether or not to pick up a book, a small butterfly icon will appear, indicating this choice will have consequences later in the game. The path you choose will lead you to one of »
- Scott Dell
Today is Jennifer Lawrence's birthday, and to celebrate Vulture has dug up a supremely embarrassing curio from the Oscar-winner's past -- scenes from "Not Another High School Show," a bizarre, uniquely horrible Comedy Central pilot that was based on the 2007 semi-success "Not Another Teen Movie." Just watch it.
In the clip, Alison Brie (from "Community," "Scream 4" and "The Lego Movie") stars as Muffy the Vampire Slayer. So, yes, there are a bunch of vagina jokes that are pretty pointless (many center around pubic hair, it's probably good you should know that going in). What makes this parody even dumber is that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was a cult series that went off the air at least five years before this pilot went into production. Not exactly of-the-moment satire, guys. Anyway, you'll see a bunch of that and then Jennifer Lawrence, America's sassy sweetheart, pops up towards the end »
- Drew Taylor
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