5 items from 2015
James Wan may have moved from blood-curdling frighteners to studio blockbusters with the runaway success of Furious 7, but he’s still keeping his fingers on the pulse with the genre, producing another supernatural home-invasion horror in the spirit of Insidious and The Conjuring. Now, young up-and-comer Gabriel Bateman has landed a lead role in said pic, which is titled Lights Out.
David F. Sandberg is directing the film, a feature adaptation of his (terrifying) 2013 short. Lawrence Grey and Eric A. Heisserer are attached as producers, with Heisserer scripting an expansion of Sandberg’s story. Heisserer’s past scripting credits include The Thing, Final Destination 5 and Hours (which he also directed).
In Lights Out, Bateman will play the young son in a family haunted by a supernatural entity that can only be seen in the dark. With everyone at risk, one family member is forced to step up and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Lawrence Grey and Eric A. Heisserer are also producing with Heiserer writing the script, based on Sandberg’s 2013 short film. The story centers on a supernatural entity attacking a family, with one of the members required to step up to protect them from a threat that can only be seen when the lights go out.
- Dave McNary
Denis Villeneuve is on fire after 2010's Incendies followed by Prisoners and Enemy. Now he has Sicario coming later this year with an already impressive cast that includes the likes of Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, and to go with that he's attached to direct the Untitled Blade Runner Project, but it appears before he heads to the world of Blade Runner he has a project lined up for mid-June with Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams set to star. The film is Story of Your Life, an adaptation of the short story by Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang. The story is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world, and an expert linguist (Adams) is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. amz asin="1931520720" size="small"As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid »
- Brad Brevet
Lifetime’s original movie, which stars Yaya DaCosta as the troubled late singer, feels half-baked
Despite the sentiment of one of her most famous songs, Whitney Houston was definitely not every woman, but instead a talent on a larger-than-life scale.
In her directorial debut, actress Angela Bassett‘s depiction of the “Greatest Love of All” singer, played by Yaya DaCosta (“Lee Daniels‘ The Butler”), attempts to show the human side of the legend, but occasionally staggers along the very line it tries to cross — where genius-level skill meets basic human need for love, understanding and companionship.
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- Deborah Day
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer will make his comics debut at Dark Horse Comics with Shaper.
"A galactic empire hunts a race of shape shifters prophesied to overthrow its rule," reads Dark Horse's description.
"When orphaned teenager Spry discovers that he is one of the hunted - a Shaper - he must learn to use his newfound abilities to escape the empire's prime enforcer, Tor Ajax, and save his entire race."
Shaper #1 will be released on March 18. »
5 items from 2015
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