12 items from 2013
Roy Abramsohn is at the center of Escape From Tomorrow, a film that was shot guerrilla-style at Disney World and has been getting quite a bit of buzz since its premiere at Sundance. In our latest Q&A feature, Roy talks to us about playing a father at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” why he thinks it could be considered a horror film, what it was like working with director Randy Moore on the movie, and he also teases his work on Oren Peli’s Area 51.
There’s been a lot of talk about Escape From Tomorrow since its premiere earlier this year, not only because of how it was shot, but also your performance. How did you get involved with this project?
Roy Abramsohn: I auditioned. My friend who I took Groundlings classes with recommended to the casting person that I’d be right for the role of the father, »
- Jonathan James
Oren Peli's sophomore outing in the director's chair - Area 51 - is one of those great mysteries. In the wake of Paranormal Activity, Peli shot the film for Blumhouse Productions and Paramount. But then it disappeared off of the radar.
In 2011, we conducted an interview with Blumhouse's Jason Blum who told us this about the film: "Area 51 is like Paranormal Activity. The additional photography for Paranormal Activity, we went back 50 times. The great thing about doing extra shooting for inexpensive movies is that the cost is low, so we screen and shoot and screen and shoot. Oren and I were pulled away from Area 51 a lot for the second Paranormal. Once that came out, we ramped up on Area 51 again. I anticipate the movie will be mostly done in about three or four months. They can't set a release date yet until we do all of that. »
Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli’s sophomore effort, a film titled Area 51 still hangs in limbo. It’s gone down a long, strange road and most of us have just figured at this point that it was dead and gone. Turns out that’s may not be the case.
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- Dave Dreher
With "Insidious Chapter 2" scheduled to hit soon, producer Jason Blum has been in the press a bit this week and touched upon a couple of topics.
Blum's Blumhouse Productions is coming off recent success stories like "The Purge," "Sinister," "Dark Skies" and the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. The company has become known for churning out films at an extremely rapid pace.
One film that has bucked the trend though is the original "Paranormal Activity" director Oren Peli's "Area 51" which has seemed to be stuck in development hell for some time now after being announced a good few years ago.
At last report, the project was a found footage film involving three teen boys snooping around the famed Nevada military base Area 51. Blum explains the delay to We Got This Covered:
"It exists! We made it! We’re futzing with the movie in post production. Paranormal Activity, remember, it »
- Garth Franklin
Hey horror fans – remember way back when Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli announced his second horror film would be another “found footage” thrill-ride called Area 51? Fanboys were ecstatic, haters laughed at another first-person horror idea, but the buzz was undeniable surrounding Peli, who single-handedly turned an entire sub-genre on its head – and demolished all competitors in his path.
But here we are, some four years after Paranormal Activity‘s release, and about six years after its production, and we still don’t have a release date for Oren Peli’s second film. In fact, we don’t have much of anything. The only thing we (supposedly) do know is that the film stars Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg, and Ben Rovner, who play some teenage boys snooping around the fabled Nevada military complex known publicly as Area 51.
- Matt Donato
Jason Blum, known for the Paranormal Activity and Insidious horror franchises, among others, has picked up a spec script from Lucas Sussman and set Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert to direct. Blum produces via his Blumhouse Productions with a story following a pregnant woman who moves to the country with her husband at their vineyard, and starts suffering terrifying visions. Greutert and Blum worked together on the upcoming Jessabelle (a.k.a. Ghosts) film produced by Blumhouse, starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Amber Stevens and Ana de la Reguera. That film opens on January 14th, 2014. Blum's got several films coming up, including the Oren Peli-directed and written Area 51 horror sci-fi offering »
The story centers on a group of students whose technological invention has far-reaching ramifications that these young minds cannot fully comprehend. While the project isn't set up at a studio yet, both Jason Blum and Chris Morgan have first-look deals at Universal Pictures, so it seems likely that the movie may end up there. No production schedule was released.
Christopher Denham played one of the houseguests in last year's Best Picture Argo. He has also appeared in The Bay, Sound of My Voice, and had a three-episode arc on the Fox series The Following. On the other side of the camera, he wrote and directed the 2008 feature Home Movie, and wrote the script for director Oren Peli's Area 51. »
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.
With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.
Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna »
- Max Evry
From Jason Blum (Insidious, Sinister) and Josh Gates (Destination Truth), Stranded is the new Syfy reality series that uses the same stripped-down first-person method from Paranormal Activity to document an unconventional and terrifying paranormal and psychological experiment, in which participants are stranded at haunted location for a week and must record the entire experience themselves. Each of the six hour-long episodes features the self-recorded footage of a group of everyday paranormal enthusiasts, combined with strategically-placed security cameras at each location. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer Jason Blum talked about how Stranded came about and why he thought it was a great fit for what he’d already done on the narrative side, the process of selecting the individuals and locations for the show, how he got some fun ideas for future movies while they were scouting possible haunted locations, and where his love for genre and horror started. »
- Christina Radish
Exclusive: Wme has signed Paranormal Activity helmer Oren Peli. Peli leaves CAA, shaking loose from that agency after longtime agents Martin Spencer and Adam Kanter moved to Jeff Berg’s Resolution. Peli is a big piece of business, at the forefront of the micro-budget found-footage horror craze. He produced and oversaw the sequels of Paranormal Activity, produced and scripted Chernobyl Diaries, and produced Insidious and the Rob Zombie-directed Lords Of Salem. Peli most recently wrote and directed Area 51. Peli also co-created The River for ABC last year. He continues to be lawyered by Linda Lichter. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The new Syfy reality series Stranded, which debuted on February 27th, documents an unconventional and often terrifying paranormal and psychological experiment. Each episode features the self-recorded footage of a diverse group of every-day paranormal enthusiasts who are left stranded at one of the most haunted locations in America and record the entire experience with hand-held cameras creating an unscripted first-hand account of their stay. While we will share what executive producer Jason Blum had to say about the new show next week, we did want to share his updates on some of his current and upcoming feature films. Blum told Collider that he expect Paranormal Activity 5 to go into production in middle to late Spring for an October release and that he hopes that franchise will remain ongoing, why he and the film’s partners thought there was further story to be explored for Insidious 2, what made him want »
- Christina Radish
It looks like Bagul is set to return to terrorize another family in Sinister 2! Blumhouse is in the planning stages to get a sequel rolling, with creators Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill back to script the film. Derrickson won’t be filling the directors’ chair this time around, so expect an announcement on that front as pre-production ramps up.
No word on plot or casting as been revealed.
This marks the third film Blumhouse Productions is franchising, after Paranormal Activity & Insidious, both which have sequels opening later in the year. Blumhouse also has Area 51 (hopefully, Oren Peli’s found footage alien-horror has been shelved for years), The Purge, Mockingbird, The Lords Of Salem, Peachfuzz, and Not Safe For Work scheduled for release this year as well.
Last month, their alien-cum-allegory for abuse and shitty parenting-horror film (read my review on that here) Dark Skies opened.
- Justin Edwards
12 items from 2013