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“Rooker plays Bud Melks, the head of maintenance in the Belko building. He’s not a racist thug like Merle in The Walking Dead, and he doesn’t have a flying arrow like Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy – in fact, he’s a pretty nice guy – so he’s ill-equipped to deal with the mysterious forces who start making all of the employees in Belko start killing each other unless they want to be killed themselves,” states Gunn on Facebook.
The Belko Experiment has been scripted by Gunn and will be directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), with Rooker joining a cast that so far includes John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom), John C. McGinley (Scrubs), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal) and Melonie Diaz »
- Gary Collinson
Rooker played Yondu Udonta in Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Gunn noted in the announcement Friday on his Facebook page. He has also revealed castings this week of “Scrubs” alum John C. McGinley, “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.
“We’ve done three movies, two reality shows, a video game and a Web series together, been on a bromantic trip to Paris with just the two of us, and spent many nights as the last two maniacs at a party, so did you ever think there was any possibility that my pal Michael Rooker would not be cast in our horror/action/thriller ‘The Belko Experiment,’ especially when it’s been comprised of such overwhelming talent? Of course not.”
Rooker will play Bud Melks, »
- Dave McNary
With his hands full crafting a sequel for the hugely successful Guardians Of The Galaxy, James Gunn could be forgiven for keeping his head down. Instead the director has taken on producer duties for The Belko Experiment, a horror thriller he first wrote several years ago, now announcing the film’s new cast members on social media.
Having previously announced a role for John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom, Short Term 12) in the film, Gunn has now confirmed roles for Tony Goldwyn (Scandal, Divergent), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station) and John C. McGinely. (Scrubs, Platoon), with even more casting news expected soon.
Based in the South American facility of the Belko Company, The Belko Experiment sees a group of employees sealed off at the start of their working day and ordered to kill each other or be killed. Whilst this will undoubtedly lead to a bad day for everyone involved – including Mike Pelk (Gallagher), company C. »
- Mike McCarthy
The first trailer has arrived online for Cooties, an upcoming horror comedy which sees a group of school teachers fighting for their lives against a horde of fourth grade zombies; check it out below after the official synopsis…
From the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (Maniac, The Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.
Cooties is set for release in the States on September 18th.
- Gary Collinson
Following on from the casting of John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom, Short Term 12), James Gunn has taken to Facebook to announce that John C. McGinley (Office Space, Scrubs) has signed on for a role in his latest project The Belko Experiment.
“John will play Wendell Dukes, one of the top execs at Belko, and longtime friends with Tony Goldwyn’s character, Barry Norris,” states Gunn. “Wendell is a bit socially awkward, and has never been at home with the other employees at Belko… I’m not sure his social problems will be eased much when mysterious forces start compelling them to kill one another or be killed.”
Gunn has written the script for The Belko Experiment and is also producing, with Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) directing. The film tells the story of an American company in South America which a company who seals off its building and orders its »
- Gary Collinson
Have a look at the new trailer for Cooties.
When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage.
The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.
The film originally had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
In their review, Film School Rejects said the movie, “is horror comedy done right. »
- Michelle McCue
Gunn made the announcement Thursday on his Facebook page. He also revealed castings this week of “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.
“When I think of John, I often think of Bob Slydell from ‘Office Space,'” Gunn said. “Fortunately, in that film, the characters only had to murder each other spiritually, and not physically, as they do in ‘Belko.’ John may be most recognized from ‘Scrubs,’ but he’s an eerily dexterous actor who can do almost anything and has shone in any role he’s been given. He most recently got rave reviews for his performance in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ on Broadway with Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale.”
McGinley will play a socially awkward top exec at Belko, »
- Dave McNary
It’s damnably hard to get the tone for a horror-comedy right – just ask Kevin Smith. Luckily, the trailer for Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s Cooties seems to suggest that this gore-filled laugh-and-scream-fest will be a cut above the rest.
Cooties centers on a group of elementary school teachers left to fend for themselves when a deadly virus communicated through chicken nuggets turns almost all the students into flesh-hungry zombies. As the infection can only take root if the host has not undergone puberty, the teachers aren’t at risk of catching it – but they do have to deal with being on every pupil’s menu.
The reception out of Sundance was strong, though our own Dominic Mill had mixed views on the horror-comedy. The directors have supposedly been doing extensive re-cutting since that premiere, so perhaps what’s coming to theaters this fall will be a stronger version »
- Isaac Feldberg
Cooties played the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and now the zombie horror-comedy is coming to select theaters and On Demand on Sept. 18 courtesy of Lionsgate. You should get a pretty good idea of just what kind of film this is based on the fact it was written by Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of "Glee"), which makes it quite clear just how this is likely to play out. Directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, the cast includes Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan and Jorge Garcia. Here's the official plot: When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), and Alison Pill »
- Brad Brevet
Gunn said he hired Diaz because of her work in “Frutivale Station.”
“Her honest performance was exactly that kind of thing we were looking for for ‘The Belko Experiment,'” he wrote. “So when she said she was interested in playing Dany Wilkins, one of the leads of the film, I jumped up and down and punched my desk and some trash cans and my assistant Simon with pure joy.”
He went on to describe Diaz’s character.
“Dany is the new girl at Belko. It’s her first day working in the building, »
- Dave McNary
I've been eager to catch Cooties ever since it was first announced. An elementary school cafeteria virus turns the students into zombies, but folks who have been through puberty can't contract the condition so the teachers are left to defend themselves. It's a brilliant concept! Cooties debuted at Sundance in 2014 where it was quickly snatched up by Lionsgate, but apparently directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion have done a good deal of re-cutting since. If this trailer is any indication, it looks as though the duo is still on the right track because this promo for the film is absolutely brimming with energy and suggests it'll be well worth the wait. Check out the Cooties trailer for yourself below. The film stars Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jorge Garcia, Leigh Whanell, Jack McBrayer and Nasim Pedrad, and is set to hit theaters on September 18th. Via Yahoo! Movies. Here's »
- Perri Nemiroff
“Fruitvale Station” star Melonie Diaz will join Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) and John Gallagher Jr. (“The Newsroom”) in MGM Studios’ thriller “The Belko Experiment,” which is being produced by “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who announced the news on Wednesday. Greg McLean is directing the movie, which is gearing up to start production next month in Bogota, Colombia. Peter Safran is producing with Gunn, who wrote the script several years ago. “The Belko Experiment” follows an American company in South America whose employees are pitted against each other and forced to fight for their lives as their true natures are. »
- Jeff Sneider
Following its recent, well-received screening at the Stanley Film Festival, the zombie film, Cooties, is now teased in its first trailer, giving us a good look at the horror comedy that stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, and Leigh Whannell.
"From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of "Glee"), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), and Alison Pill ("The Newsroom") as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable »
- Derek Anderson
Gunn took to his Facebook page to announce Gallagher’s casting for the film, which Gunn has written and will co-produce with Peter Safran (Annabelle). Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) will direct, and filming is set to get underway in Colombia in June.
The film tells the story of the American Belco company who sealed off their building and surroundings at the start of a normal work day, and told their employees to either kill each other or kill themselves.
- Scott J. Davis
“Tony will play Barry Norris,” Gunn said in his post. “Norris is a guy who is used to being in charge at the Belko Building in South America, so it isn’t easy for him to start taking orders when the office employees are mysteriously forced to either start killing each other or be killed.”
The story follows an American company after its mysteriously sealed off in South America. The employees show their true colors when they are ordered to kill each other or risk being killed themselves.
Gunn announced in March that he tapped Australian director »
- Dave McNary
“Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn will join “The Newsroom” alum John Gallagher Jr. in MGM Studios’ thriller “The Belko Experiment,” which is being produced by “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who announced the news on Tuesday. Greg McLean is directing the movie, which is gearing up to start production next month in Bogota, Colombia. Peter Safran is producing with Gunn, who wrote the script several years ago. “The Belko Experiment” follows an American company in South America whose employees are pitted against each other and forced to fight for their lives as their true natures are revealed. Also Read: 'Scandal' Cast. »
- Jeff Sneider
Scandal co-star Tony Goldwyn has joined the cast of The Belko Experiment, the MGM action horror pic written and produced by Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn. Greg McLean is helming and production kicks off in Bogota in June. Gunn has been letting cast slip on his Facebook page since yesterday, when he said The Newsroom star John Gallagher Jr has joined the movie that just went through a table read. Goldwyn will play Barry Norris, the COO of the Belko… »
All the Js! Before James Gunn returns to a galaxy not so far away (as it’s our own) with Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, he has found time to script The Belco Experiment. The violent thriller sees a company by the name of Belco, seal its employees in and force them to kill one another. Like a workday version of Battle Royale.
Directed by Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean, The Belco Experiment has just cast John Gallagher Jr. in the lead. Gallagher Jr. is known for his work in the film Short Term 12 and the hit show The Newsroom. Set in South America, the film is set to start rolling in Columbia in June.
Writing on Facebook, James Gunn gave some background to his relationship with Gallagher Jr.
A couple years ago John Gallagher Jr. auditioned for me for a role. You might know him from his fantastic »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Young Pope
Jude Law is set to star in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's TV series "The Young Pope" at HBO, Sky and Canal Plus. The story deals with an imaginary conservative American pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history and has been recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals. Trouble is, they're not ready for how hard-line he is.
Production on the eight-episode series is set to begin this summer with filming to take place predominantly in Italy with additional locations in the United States, Africa and Puerto Rico. Sorrentino will helm all eight episodes and penned the scripts with the help of Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli. [Source: Variety]
The Belko Experiment
John Gallagher ("The Newsroom") is set to star in Greg McLean's thriller "The Belko Experiment" at MGM Studios. James Gunn will produce and penned the script with filming to begin shortly in Bogota, »
- Garth Franklin
The Belco Experiment, the new South America-set horror film from writer-producer James Gunn (Slither, Guardians of the Galaxy) and director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) has a lead in The Newsroom actor John Gallagher Jr. After bestowing superlatives on Gallagher’s talents on Facebook, Gunn revealed “John will play Mike Pelk, one of the leads of our…
- Samuel Zimmerman
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