18 items from 2017
Celebrating 30 years worth of fanaticism and community in the cult of Ashley ‘Ash’ Williams.
Thanks to our Star Trekian utopia of VOD insta-satisfaction (“Number One, slap The Greasy Strangler on the view screen!”), it’s becoming difficult to remember the ruthless savagery of that bygone VHS hunt. I spent far too many days roaming my hometown and neighboring cities chasing down lesser-known Kurosawas, the Critters sequels, and the seemingly always elusive pre-Mad Max apocalyptic mindfuck, A Boy and His Dog. Too often I had to settle for less, and rewatch Police Academy 4 instead of the highbrow hilarity of Zapped! cuz some other Scott Baio devotee had the local Power Video on stakeout. If your tastes in cinema aligned with the Blockbuster new release guarantee then you were golden, but us degenerates with a predilection for Roger Corman, and movies made before our births were doomed to the endless quest. Which, of »
- Brad Gullickson
Maika Monroe and Matt O’Leary star as a young couple on vacation in Iceland who wake up after a beam of light shoots across the sky, only to discover that every other person in the world has disappeared. They are left to fend for themselves and try to survive, all while trying to make sense of this mysterious event.
Rising star Monroe first broke through in the 2014 horror film “It Follows,” followed by subsequent turns in “The Guest” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” while O’Leary is best known for his role in Rian Johnson’s debut “Brick,” as well as »
- Allison Picurro
“Beauty and the Beast” is expected to open huge for Disney this weekend, but just how huge?
Experts project Disney’s latest film, “Beauty and the Beast,” to open between $140 and $155 million, which would put it high up on any box office list.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ Soaring to Epic $155 Million Opening at Box Office
Here, we’ve divided Disney’s highest grossing opening weekends into the “Star Wars” and Marvel films, and everything else. In the combined rankings, “Beauty and the Beast” would rank seventh on list, but the way we have it here, the live action remake would top No. 1, above “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Finding Dory.”
- Dani Levy
THR is reporting that New Line Cinema has acquired an untitled horror pitch from writer Mike Van Waes, which is set in the universe created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and his subsequent novels.
This marks the latest success for Van Waes, who has sold several pitches and scripts over the past year and a half, including the Black List script Hammerspace to Warner Bros., and the book proposal Peeves to Harper Collins, which has also been optioned by Fox Animation.
Baum’s Oz novels have been adapted on numerous occasions, most famously with the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. Other adaptations include the 1975 musical The Wiz, 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful and the NBC TV series Emerald City. A movie adaptation of the hit musical Wicked is also in development for release in 2019. »
- Gary Collinson
There seems to have been quite the resurgence in interest in L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz in recent years – ever since Oz The Great And Powerful arrived in theatres in 2013. We saw the 2014 release of the animated movie Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, NBC’s 2015 broadcast of The Wiz Live!, the recent premiere of the TV series Emerald City, and the development of an animated series at Warner Bros titled Dorothy Of Oz. New Line Cinema even has an L. Frank Baum biopic in the works, titled Road To Oz. But, it’s the studio’s additional acquisition of an original film pitch that’s making the news today, bringing horror to the world of Oz.
- Sarah Myles
New Line is in early development on a horror film set in the iconic world of L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was published in 1900 and adapted into a successful musical in 1902. As with the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland, the story follows a girl named Dorothy in Kansas who lives on the prairie with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and dog. A tornado carries Dorothy and Toto to a magical land to battle the Wicked Witch of the West.
Along with Blumhouse, New Line has been on a roll over the »
- Dave McNary
When Beauty and the Beast started smashing trailer view records, it didn't take Disney long to realize that it had another gargantuan hit on its hands. And the first tracking records now indicate that the live-action adaptation of the classic 90s cartoon will bring booming business to the early 2017 box office. It stands to be one of the biggest hits of the year with ten months still left to go following its release.
The movie, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, is tracking for a massive $120 million opening according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be in theaters on March 17, with the tracking numbers coming courtesy of pre-release surveys. Disney insiders are being more cautious with that high number, and don't want to step on their own toes. They are downplaying the monster potential of this Beauty and her Beast, claiming it will open just north of $100 million.
THR is reporting that Sam Raimi has signed on to direct a mystery thriller based around the Bermuda Triangle, which is being produced by Skydance Productions and has been written by Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time).
The project is one of three competing Bermuda Triangle projects in development, with films also in the works at Warner Bros. and Universal. Plot details for all three are being kept closely under wraps, particularly to avoid giving away who or what is behind the Triangle’s mysterious disappearances.
Raimi hasn’t directed a film since 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful, although he has circled several over the past year, including the tornado action adventure Stormfall, an adaptation of the non-fiction novel The Next 100 Years titled World War 3, and a remake of the French crime drama A Prophet.
He also remains attached as a producer »
- Gary Collinson
Continuing his “auteurist TV here, prestige picture there” pattern, Cary Fukunaga may follow Beasts of No Nation and forthcoming Netflix series Maniac with a recounting of the Hiroshima bombing — an ambitious-sounding project in no small part because it’s taken after such a comprehensive piece of material. Per Deadline, he’s conspiring with scribe Hossein Amini (Drive) for an adaptation of Stephen Walker’s Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima, likely with a title reduced to Shockwave, and Universal would be footing the bill.
Walker’s non-fiction text covers a lot of ground, spanning the viewpoints of soldiers on either side, Japanese civilians affected to the blast, members of the Manhattan Project, President Truman in the weeks leading up to the Enola Gay’s flight, and those connected to these parties. How to fit that into a standard-length project and do everybody justice? I don’t know, but then again, I’m »
- Nick Newman
Tony Sokol Feb 17, 2017
Three Bermuda triangle films are currently in development - and Sam Raimi is in talks to direct one of them...
Sam Raimi, best known for the Evil Dead and Spider-Man movies, is about to get lost in the web of the devil’s triangle. The man who brought Xena: The Warrior Princess to TV will be battling two other studios in a trio of movies being made about the Bermuda triangle. Raimi is navigating negotiations to develop and possibly direct one for Skydance Productions.
Skydance has been developing its Bermuda triangle movie since 2013. Universal and Warner Bros have also been working on films about the mysterious Caribbean travel hazard.
The latest version of the Skydance film, which is as-yet untitled, was written by Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift also wrote a draft of the script. There is no studio attached to the project yet. »
According to THR, Raimi is in discussions to direct a "mystery thriller" about the Bermuda Triangle for Skydance Productions. Covering a vast area of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Florida, and Puerto Rico, the Bermuda Triangle has long been a real life setting for bizarre disappearances of planes and ships. The mysteries of that stretch of sea are not only of interest to Skydance—Universal and Warner Bros. are also putting together projects based on the Bermuda Triangle.
Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (Narcos, The Great Wall, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Uninvited) penned the script for Skydance's Bermuda Triangle movie, with an earlier draft written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (2009's Friday the 13th, new »
- Derek Anderson
The other two, according to The Hollywood Reporter, have set up shop across Universal and Warner Bros., though with Raimi now in talks to helm the mystery thriller, it seems Skydance’s movie is the furthest along even at this early stage in development.
Centering on the infamous stretch of sea between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, the Bermuda Triangle (Aka the Devil’s Triangle) has a long history of aircraft and ships venturing into its waters, only to disappear without a trace. Estimations are all over the place, and ever since the phrase Bermuda Triangle was first coined in 1964, that relatively small channel in the North Atlantic has become something of a worldwide phenomenon among conspiracy theorists, with potential »
- Michael Briers
Sam Raimi is talks to direct a Bermuda Triangle project for Skydance, TheWrap has learned. Skydance has one of three Bermuda Triangle projects in development around Hollywood. Screenwriter Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, who co-wrote 2010’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” are rewriting a script based on an original screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. The filmmaker, best known for his “Spider-Man” and “Evil Dead” films last directed “Oz the Great and Powerful” for Disney. Also Read: 'Ash vs Evil Dead' Hacks Its Way to Season 3 Renewal at Starz Universal and Warner Bros. are also developing their own takes about the Bermuda Triangle, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Sam Raimi is in talks to develop and possibly direct Skydance’s untitled mystery thriller revolving around the infamous Bermuda Triangle, sources confirmed to Variety.
The subject of the Bermuda Triangle is a popular one among the studios currently, with Universal and Warner Bros. developing their own pics based on the location.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, except for the fact that it will be set in the mysterious patch of the Caribbean where planes and ships have gone missing over the years.
Skydance had no comment on the project.
Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard penned the most recent version with Damian Shannon and Mark Swift also penning a draft of the script. No studio is currently attached to the project, though Skydance has been developing the movie since 2013.
- Justin Kroll
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- Joseph Medina
MaryAnn’s quick take… A terrific legal procedural about defending factual truth and smacking dishonest sowers of doubt. An essential film for our era of “alternative facts.” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
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Not all opinions are equal,” says historian Deborah Lipstadt in Denial. “The Earth is round, the ice caps are melting, and Elvis is not alive.” And six million Jews really were killed by the Nazi death machine in World War II, which is the pertinent point of this riveting docudrama. This is the true story of the 2000 libel trial in which Lipstadt, a professor at Atlanta’s Emory University who specializes in Holocaust history, was forced to defend herself against professional Holocaust denier David Irving, who didn’t like that she dared to cast him »
- MaryAnn Johanson
UK sales outfit WestEnd Films has acquired international rights to American comedy-drama The Sweet Life, and will be showing the film to buyers at the forthcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
Directed by TV veteran Rob Spera (Criminal Minds), the film stars Chris Messina (Live By Night, Argo) and Abigail Spencer (Oz The Great And Powerful, Suits) in the story of two lost souls who embark on a road trip from Chicago to San Franscisco where they plan to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge together.
The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last June.
The acquisition is a part of WestEnd’s recently-launched female audience brand WeLove, which is focusing on female-specific content and is developing projects from Agnieszka Holland and Alexis Zegerman »
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If you’re not one for the resurgence of classic fairy tales translated into hard-edged, dark adventure stories (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman), then you’ll likely have a difficult time connecting with NBC’s wondrously visualized but narratively slight re-do of The Wizard of Oz. Dubbed Emerald City, the new show has all the trappings of the hero’s journey – a reluctant heroine, an animal companion, a potential love interest, and about three too many villains – but it does nothing interesting with L. Frank Baum’s decidedly classic storytelling other than make it slightly more “adult.”
A twist on such a wholesome, homegrown American myth is ripe with potential, but Emerald City‘s idea of an origin story is one filled with cable-protected sex scenes for the Witch of the West (Ana Ularu, one of Emerald City‘s gleefully »
- Mitchel Broussard
18 items from 2017
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