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Found footage films get a bad rap - and worse reviews. But the genre combines the vitality of punk rock with the reach of a video viral, and it has earned, if not respectability, then at least a respectful reappraisal. Some found footage (hereafter Ff) films are, admittedly, unwatchable (see The Devil Inside or, better, don't). But others, such as recent West Country-set religious chiller The Borderlands, or Bobcat Goldthwait's creepy Bigfoot hunt Willow Creek (out on May 2), are closer to unmissable.
Beyond an ominous title card, Ff films require little backstory, and the genre has only a brief history of its own. An uncompromising, hand-over-the-camera-lens look at totalitarianism in Vietnam-era America, Peter Watkins' 1971 mock-doc Punishment Park is considered Ff's chief forebear. Ruggiero Deodato's still-troubling Cannibal Holocaust (1979), however, is the most striking early archetype. Following a gonzo film crew into tribal Amazonia, it puts video-nasty atrocities through a film-school filter, »
If a deal is made, his first order of business will be to rewrite the script, which was most recently worked on by Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel's Iron Fist), although it isn't clear how far along the negotiations are at this stage. Bill Paxton was once attached to direct back in October 2011. Other writers who have worked on the script include John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) and Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18).
The original Kung Fu TV series starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who roams the countryside of America, searching for his long lost half-brother. The show, which aired from 1972 to 1975 on ABC, featured flashbacks to his days in training, where he was called "young grasshopper by his master, »
Adam Rehmeier, director of the controversial The Bunny Game (2010) and the acclaimed Jonas (2013), is ready to pull the trigger on his next film, Save A Bullet For Me. This violent western / action / horror picture is slated to begin shooting later this year in British Columbia.
Rehmeier is no stranger to touching nerves and stirring outcry - The Bunny Game sparked protest worldwide, and was banned in the UK - and his new screenplay seems primed to continue the trend. Set in the Us during the 1800s, the blood-splattered film focuses on the aftermath of a brutal massacre, and two wounded frontiersmen who make a desperate last stand against a Native American war party. Writer/director Rehmeier describes the movie as “a visceral, animal of a film, stripped down to the most primal fight-or-flight level possible.”
Save A Bullet For Me is being produced by Shawn Williamson, whose numerous genre film »
- Eric Stanze
Universal Pictures has been developing an adaptation of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu for several years, although we haven't heard anything about the project since October 2011 when Bill Paxton was attached to direct. The filmmaker is no longer involved, with Universal and Legendary still moving forward in search of a new director.
John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) wrote the original draft for this Kung Fu movie, although other writers have worked on the script since then, including Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18) and Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel's Iron Fist).
The studios are trying to find a director before another round of rewrites are ordered, so they can restructure the project with a modern-day setting, instead of the 1800s period seen in the TV series, which starred David Carradine. The story reportedly revolves around a displaced monk who is roaming America in search of his father, facing dangerous enemies along the way. »
The story follows a sheriff (Patrick Wilson) who teams up with his predecessor (Ian McShane) to investigate a drug deal gone bad, in order to stop a sadistic drug cartel butcher (John Leguizamo), who has been brutalizing the town's residents. No details were given for Lynn Collins and James Belushi's characters.
Gonzalo López-Gallego (Open Grave, Apollo 18) is directing from a script by Nils Lyew. William Green, Aaron Ginsburg and Andy Horwitz are producing for Atlas Independent, an affiliate of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment. Shooting is scheduled to begin on April 14.
John Leguizamo most recently starred in the hit comedy Ride Along, and he also lends his voice to the upcoming animated sequel Rio 2. Lynn Collins is best known for her role in John Carter, and James Belushi »
John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins (“John Carter”) and Jim Belushi will join Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane in Atlas Independent's gritty thriller “The Man On Carrion Road,” the company announced Thursday. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (“Apollo 18”) will direct from a script by Nils Lyew. William Green, Aaron Ginsburg and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce. Mica Entertainment is financing, while Relativity International is selling the picture overseas. The film will start production April 14 and will be the fifth film Atlas Independent has produced since its inception in 2012. Also read: Patrick Wilson in Negotiations to Join Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas in Marvel's ‘Ant-Man’ “Carrion Road” is. »
- Jeff Sneider
Atlas Independent today announced that John Leguizamo ( Ride Along , Summer of Sam ), Lynn Collins ( John Carter , X-Men Origins: Wolverine ) and Jim Belushi ("According to Jim") will star opposite Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane in The Man on Carrion Road . Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego ( Open Grave , Apollo 18 ) will direct the film based on Nils Lyew.s script. The Man on Carrion Road tells the visceral story of a botched Mexican cartel deal in the back roads of a border town. The town's new sheriff (Wilson) must team up with the retired lawman (McShane) he replaced to investigate the source of the deal in order to stop a mysterious cartel butcher (Leguizamo) and his systematic brutalization of the town's residents. A gritty and modern thriller, The Man on Carrion »
Oscar-nominated writer Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club) has come aboard to provide a script polish for Summit Entertainment's supernatural thriller The Last Witch Hunter, which has Vin Diesel attached to star.
Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18) and D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) previously worked on the script, which focuses on an immortal witch hunter (Vin Diesel) who teams up with one of his enemies, a female witch, to stop a New York City coven from unleashing a deadly plague on humanity.
Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is directing, with Mark Canton, Vin Diesel and Bernie Goldmann producing. Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid are serving as executive producers. It isn't known when production will begin, although star Vin Diesel revealed some pre-production artwork on his Facebook page last month.
Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page earlier today to reveal the first pre-production artwork for The Last Witch Hunter. The image in the upper right hand corner is the logo for this supernatural thriller, which we first reported on last March. Although it isn't known when production may begin, check out the artwork, along with the actor's brief message to his Facebook fans.
"I will fill you all in later... but this meeting went well."
Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is directing from a script by Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18). The story follows an immortal witch hunter (Vin Diesel) who teams up with a witch to stop a coven from releasing a plague that could wipe out all of humanity.
Odd List Ryan Lambie 12 Feb 2014 - 06:36
From faked lunar landings to invisible WWII warships, here are six conspiracy theories and the genre films they inspired...
"Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face," Sterling Hayden's General Jack D Ripper coldly announces in Stanley Kubrick's breathtakingly funny satire, Dr Strangelove.
Ripper's conspiracy theory, that the commies are secretly trying to compromise our "precious bodily fluids", becomes his harebrained reason for unleashing a missile strike on the Ussr. And just as Ripper was inspired by this strange notion to trigger a nuclear apocalypse, so filmmakers have been inspired by conspiracy theories to make all kinds of science fiction and horror movies - some funny, some tense and absorbing, others terrifying.
Here, then, is a selection of six real-world conspiracy theories and the varied movies they inspired - and funnily enough, Stanley Kubrick »
Spanish filmmaker Gonzalo López-Gallego hasn.t exactly made a huge splash here in the U.S., with last year.s slow-but-worthy Open Grave failing to reach wide audiences and 2011.s Apollo 18 being one of the most disappointing films I.ve ever seen. But both of those films had strong concepts, and his next film, The Man on Carrion Road, sounds just as interesting from the offset, especially now that Ian McShane has signed on to join The Conjuring.s Patrick Wilson in the violent thriller, which will be produced by Atlas Independent. While McShane is arguably always more enjoyable as the lawless badass, Deadline reports he.ll be playing a retired sheriff in The Man on Carrion Road, albeit one that doesn.t mind dealing out an asswhipping in place of a calm and considered conversation. He will team up with the town.s new sheriff (Wilson) to go »
• Tom Hardy (Inception) is in early talks to join Johnny Depp (who is now officially signed on again) in the Whitey Bulger pic Black Mass. Hardy would play FBI Agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger’s who gets in trouble when he reveals inside information to Bulger about an impending indictment. Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) recently agreed to direct the film. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment, announced today Ian McShane (Sexy Beast, Deadwood), will star opposite Patrick Wilson in The Man on Carrion Road. McShane will play the role of Leland; an aging retired Sheriff of a small border town with violent tendencies. Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18, Open Grave) will direct the film based on Nils Lyew's script. William Green, Aaron L. Ginsburg, and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce. Mica Entertainment is financing with Relativity International selling the picture overseas. The film is slated to being production in April.
Ian McShane was recently seen playing King Brahmwell in Jack the Giant Slayer for director Bryan Singer and as Beith, the leader of the dwarves in Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman. In 2012, McShane did a memorable turn as Leigh Emerson, a sadistic Santa serial killer on Ryan Murphy's »
I wasn’t the only one disappointed by Apollo 18, a found-footage horror flick that posed an interesting setup but forgot to infuse its narrative with tension, scares or even the most basic of intrigue. So, it’s safe to say that director Gonzalo López-Gallego didn’t make the greatest first impression. However, his next project, a thriller called The Man on Carrion Road, is shaping up into something far more intriguing than that half-hearted Paranormal Activity rip-off. Today, supervising studio Atlas Independent succeeded in getting the film on my mental checklist of projects to watch by announcing that Deadwood actor Ian McShane has joined the cast.
McShane will star as a retired lawman with violent tendencies who’s called back into action by the sheriff who replaced him (Patrick Wilson). They team up in order to track down those involved in a botched cartel deal and find themselves hunting »
- Isaac Feldberg
“Deadwood” star Ian McShane is set to join Patrick Wilson in Atlas Independent’s thriller “The Man on Carrion Road,” the company announced Friday. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (“Apollo 18″) will direct from a script by Nils Lyew. William Green, Aaron Ginsburg and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce the film, which is slated to start production in April in Utah. Mica Entertainment is financing “Carrion Road,” with Relativity International selling the picture overseas. Also Read: ‘Tron: Legacy’ Star Garrett Hedlund to Join Oscar Isaac in William Monahan’s ‘Mojave’ Movie “The Man on Carrion Road” is the visceral story of »
- Jeff Sneider
Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven.s Atlas Entertainment, announced today that Ian McShane will star opposite Patrick Wilson in The Man on Carrion Road . McShane will play the role of Leland; an aging retired Sheriff of a small border town with violent tendencies. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego ( Apollo 18 , Open Grave ) will direct the film based on Nils Lyew's script. William Green, Aaron Ginsburg, and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce. Mica Entertainment is financing with Relativity International selling the picture overseas. The Man on Carrion Road is the visceral story of a botched Mexican cartel deal in the back roads of a border town. The town's new sheriff (Wilson) must team up with the retired lawman (McShane) he replaced to investigate the »
My mother is the reason I’m a genre film fan; it’s all her fault. Over the years I’ve made her countless lists of movies I think she’ll like. I made her watch Session 9 and Pontypool, and finally talked her into seeing Shaun of the Dead.
My mom got a Roku for Christmas. The tables have turned.
I suddenly find myself inundated with recommendations and Netflix instant discoveries. She’s digging deep. Most of her suggestions are indie, low budget, or “what’s that?” horror films.
My mom may have informed my cinematic tastes, but she’s also the woman who forced me to watch Devil in the theater, and goaded me into bumping Chernobyl Diaries and Apollo 18 up my queue. No one’s perfect.
Her tastes may sometimes be questionable, but she’s my mom, and I still do what she says. Because of her I watched Apartment 143. »
- Christine Makepeace
Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment, announced today that Golden Globe nominee Jessica Alba has signed on to star in The Wright Girls. Kevin Connolly (Dear Eleanor, 30 for 30) is set to direct the feature from Bert V. Royal's (Easy A) screenplay. Atlas Entertainment's Alex Gartner will join William Green and Aaron Ginsburg of Atlas Independent to produce. Highland Film Group (Hfg) will introduce the film to international buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to work with Jessica again and re-imagine this great story for a new audience. It's been great working with everyone at Atlas as we gear up for production."
Inspired by the Japanese film, 2Ldk, The Wright Girls is slated to begin »
Tolga Ornek ("Labyrinth") is set to direct the recently acquired Alex Allrich spec script thriller "The Forger" for Fox International. The project may actually be filmed entirely in Turkish.
The story follows an ex-cia forger now living in Istanbul whose former handler turns up dead and a female Iranian intelligence agent seeks his help to defect to the West. He soon learns there is more to her than he initially realized. [Source: Deadline]
Following a personal tragedy, a man receives a mysterious note in his mailbox inviting him to The Shack. He responds and finds himself in the presence of God, and a life-transforming journey of truth and acceptance. [Source: Deadline]
Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego ("Apollo 18") is set to helm the horror tale "Sanctuary" for Atlas Independent. »
- Garth Franklin
Us-based production company Atlas Independent has tapped Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego (King of the Hill, Apollo 18, Open Grave) to direct their new film Sanctuary, based on a script by Ryne Douglas Pearson (Mercury Rising, Knowing).According to an article on SciFi World (in Spanish), tells the story of three documentary filmmakers who go to South America to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a village. They find a strange building in the middle of the town, with no sign of entry or exit.If you haven't seen King of the Hill, I insist that you find a copy. It's an incredible film about a man and woman running from an unseen gunman in the hills of Spain, playing on rural thriller tropes and video game aesthetics. (In...
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