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Fun Size Horror Film #2: Mali Elfman’s “Voice”

28 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Our Fun Size Horror lineup continues with “Voice.”  This one is about an eerie voice that torments a young woman and is actually made by the former editor-in-chief of ScreenCrave, Mali Elfman.  Back in 2010 Elfman wrote, produced and acted in her first feature film, Do Not Disturb.  Since, Elfman’s produced a bunch of short films and is also the executive producer on Mike Flanagan next feature, Somnia, due out in 2015.  Hit the jump to check out Elfman’s Fun Size Horror segment, “Voice.”  And don’t forget, “Voice” will only be available for 24 hours and then in comes the next Fun Size Horror short film. Here’s the synopsis for Voice: “Voice is a short horror film about a young woman who goes to find her voice, but instead, it finds her first... and it wants to play.” Like what you see?  Here’s what we’ve got »

- Perri Nemiroff

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John Travolta and Kate Bosworth Reach For The Skies In ‘Life On The Line’

23 September 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

John Travolta and Kate Bosworth will be starring together in a Vancouver based movie that follows the lives of linemen (and women?) – the workers who climb the wires above our heads to fix the electrical grid.

It’s been a while since Hollywood scaled the pylons. The last film to feature high-wire work was Slim The Lineman in 1937, which starred Henry Fonda.

Shooting is about to start at the end of September for the indie project, which is costing Marro Films and Elite Film Productions around $10-12 million. We don’t know a huge amount about the story yet, but it looks like after a massive storm, the sparks will fly for the loves and lives of these workers.

Saw film veteran, David Hackl directs, while Devon Sawa joins Travolta and Bosworth. Travolta is currently shooting In A Valley Of Violence, while Bosworth will soon be appearing in Somnia. More when we hear it. »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Sony Moves Forward with I Know What You Did Last Summer Reboot

15 September 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Another group of young adults will discover that you can’t keep a murderous secret buried, as Sony Pictures has announced they are rebooting I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 film based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel of the same name, and fans of the horror film Oculus should be pleased with the creative forces behind the reboot.

Deadline reports that Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard will write and produce the I Know What You Did Last Summer reboot, once again adapting the story from Lois Duncan’s novel. Neal Moritz, a producer of the original film, will return to produce the reboot. Sony is looking to release the remake sometime in 2016.

It will be interesting to see how closely Flanagan and Howard follow Duncan’s book, as the 1997 film is a very loose adaptation of the character-driven thriller that exists on the printed page. The original movie »

- Derek Anderson

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Sony to Reboot ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’

15 September 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures has tapped “Oculus” director Mike Flanagan to reboot “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

Sony-based Neil Moritz, who produced the 1997 title starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, is on board to produce the reboot through his Original Artists banner. Flanagan will co-write the script with Jeff Howard.

I Know What You Did Last Summer” was based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan and also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. in a story of four friends being stalked by a killer a year after covering up a car accident. The film was directed by Jim Gillespie, from a screenplay by Kevin Williamson.

The original grossed $125 million in worldwide box office. The 1998 sequel “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” grossed $84 million.

Oculus,” which Flanagan co-wrote with Howard, was the most successful film that was acquired at last year’s Toronto »

- Dave McNary

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Weinsteins Developing Thriller ‘The Bye Bye Man’

11 September 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s TWC-Dimension has acquired worldwide rights to Intrepid Pictures’ supernatural thriller “The Bye Bye Man.”

The deal includes a proceed-to-production commitment.

Stacy Title (“The Last Supper”) will direct from a script adapted by Jonathan Penner from the short story “The Bridge to Body Island” by Robert Damon Schneck, chronicling the harrowing events experienced by three Wisconsin college students in the early 1990s.

Schneck’s story appeared in the anthology “The President’s Vampire: Strange-but-True Tales of the United States of America.”

TWC said the logline and plot details are currently being kept under wraps.

Trevor Macy will produce through his Intrepid Pictures banner with Marc D. Evans and David Prior as exec producers.

Intrepid produced “Oculus” and is in post-production on “Somnia,” starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane.

The deal was negotiated by Adrian Lopez and Matthew Signer for TWC-Dimension and by Reder & Feig for Intrepid. »

- Dave McNary

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TWC-Dimension Acquires Supernatural Thriller ‘The Bye Bye Man’

11 September 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

TWC-Dimension has acquired worldwide rights to Intrepid Pictures’ supernatural thriller The Bye Bye Man, based on the short story The Bridge To Body Island by Robert Damon Schneck, a writer of paranormal tales. That story chronicles the harrowing events experienced by three Wisconsin college students in the early 1990s. No other details were announced, but Jonathan Penner (Let The Devil Wear Black) adapted the script and Stacy Title will direct. TWC-Dimension said there is a proceed-to-production commitment on this one.

Trevor Macy will produce through his Intrepid Pictures banner with Marc D. Evans and David Prior executive producing. Intrepid is behind genre pics Oculus and the upcoming Somnia, both via Relativity.

“There are only a few truly scary and iconic characters within this genre, and we think the Bye Bye Man has the potential to be the next one,” said Matthew Signer, Evp Production and Creative Affairs at TWC-Dimension. “Trevor »

- The Deadline Team

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Exclusive: Director Mike Flanagan Talks Oculus Casting, Sequel Chances, Adapting Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game

7 August 2014 8:28 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This week saw the release of Oculus to Blu-ray and DVD, and I caught up with director Mike Flanagan for a brief chat to discuss Oculus, the chances of a sequel, and his upcoming adaptation of Gerald’s Game:

I think the casting of Karen Gillan was a wonderful choice, as she brought so much to her character in Oculus. Was she your first pick and can you talk about the casting process for this movie?

Mike Flanagan: Karen was actually my first choice and that’s rare. I’m a big nerd, so I’m also a big Battlestar Galactica fan. Years ago, when we were looking to expand the original short, the picture we hung up on the wall was Katee Sackhoff. Years before I heard of Karen Gillan, the prototype of who Kaylie was as a character was based on Katee’s work on Battlestar. Karen »

- Jonathan James

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Canadian Distributor Entertainment One Acquires Somnia and Blumhouse's Viral

21 May 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

News has just come out of Cannes that Canadian indie distributor Entertainment One has scooped up the rights to two upcoming horror flicks, which they're planning on releasing up in the Great White North. Read on!

First off, THR Reports that eOne acquired Canadian rights to Somnia, the latest from Oculus director Mike Flanagan. They're eyeing an early 2015 theatrical release for the film, about an orphaned child whose dreams and nightmares manifest physically as he sleeps.

Jacob Tremblay plays the child, with Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane playing his parents.

The site also reports that Blumhouse International sold Canadian rights to eOne for Viral, which stars Sophia Black De'lia and Analeigh Tipton and will be directed by the Catfish team of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.

In the film, a teenage girl begins a video documentary about her life for a school project just as a terrifying virus sweeps through her small town. »

- John Squires

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Entertainment One Nabs ‘Little Prince,’ ‘Somnia,’ ‘Viral’ in Canada

20 May 2014 9:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Entertainment One Films has bought three films in Cannes for the Canadian market, including “Little Prince” from WildBunch, “Somnia” from Sierra Affinity and “Viral” from Blumhouse Intl.

In “Little Prince,” based on a children’s novella, a pilot crashes in the desert and meets a little boy from a distant planet. As the pilot repairs his plane, the little prince regales him with stories about his home, and the foolish inhabitants of nearby asteroids.

From director Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”), the film features the voices of James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti. It is produced by Onyx FilmsAton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam.

eOne is planning a wide release for Thanksgiving 2016, together with Paramount, which has secured the film for the U.S.

Somnia” stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane, and is a supernatural thriller about an orphaned child whose dreams — and »

- Leo Barraclough

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eOne Canada snaps up Cannes trio

20 May 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

eOne Films Canada has picked up three titles in Cannes, taking rights to Little Prince from WildBunch, Somnia from Sierra Affinity and Viral from Blumhouse International.

“It’s been a very active market and we’re thrilled to secure these three great films for Canadian audiences,” said eOne Films Canada president Bryan Gliserman. “It’s exciting to partner on these highly coveted projects.”

Mark Osborne directs Little Prince, based on the children’s classic featuring the voice cast of James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti.

Onyx FilmsAton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam produce and eOne plans a wide Thanksgiving 2016. Paramount holds Us rights.

Intrepid Pictures’ supernatural thriller Somnia from Mike Flanagan stars Kate Bosworth (pictured) and Thomas Jane. Demarest Films and Mica Entertainment financed the film and Intrepid’s Trevor Macy and Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D Johnson produced.

eOne has earmarked a wide release in early 2015 and Relativity »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Oculus Director Mike Flanagan Getting Ready to Play Stephen King's Gerald's Game

18 May 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Another adaptation of one of Stephen King's tales of terror is on its way as news has broken out of Cannes that Oculus and Somnia director Mike Flanagan will be the madman behind Gerald's Game.

According to Deadline Flanagan wrote the script with his writing partner Jeff Howard. Trevor Macy and his Intrepid Pictures banner will produce, as he also did on Flanagan’s two horror films.

Flanagan and Macy originally intended the next picture to be Diver, a film that would have started production this summer. They’ve pushed that picture back and instead will plunge full on into Gerald’s Game, which is casting for a fall start and will be selling at Cannes. King is very hands on and particular about filmmakers he trusts with rights to his novels. He takes upfront option fees as low as $1 (against a healthy back end), and when you are lucky enough to get one, »

- Steve Barton

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Cannes: Stephen King Novel ‘Gerald’s Game’ To Be Adapted By ‘Oculus’ Helmer Mike Flanagan And Intrepid Pictures

18 May 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Oculus and Somnia director Mike Flanagan has committed to next helm Gerald’s Game, based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Flanagan wrote the script with his writing partner Jeff Howard. Trevor Macy and his Intrepid Pictures banner will produce, as he also did on Flanagan’s two horror films. Flanagan and Macy originally intended the next picture to be Diver, a film that would have started production this summer. They’ve pushed that picture back and instead will plunge full on into Gerald’s Game, which is casting for a fall start and will be selling here at Cannes. King is very hands on and particular about filmmakers he trusts with rights to his novels. He takes upfront option fees as low as $1 (against a healthy back end), and when you are lucky enough to get one, you try to move fast. Gerald’s Game revolves around »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Cannes: Thomas Jane Heading for Thriller ‘Standoff’

30 April 2014 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a pre-Cannes move, Thomas Jane is on board to star as a war veteran in the indie thriller “Standoff.”

Producers are Goldrush Entertainment’s Eric Gozlan and Lee Clay of First Point Entertainment. Paradigm arranged financing and represents North American rights. International rights have not been assigned.

Adam Alleca is making his feature directorial debut from his own script, in which a war veteran with a shotgun and one shell who must protect a child witness from an assassin. Shooting is set for the summer in Ontario, Canada.

Alleca’s writing credits include “Home,” starring Topher Grace for Blumhouse; and “Cell,” starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson for the Genre Co.

Jane is best known for starring in “Hung” and “The Punisher.” He will be seen in “Somnia” for Relativity Media and “The Veil” for Universal and Blumhouse.

Jane is repped by Paradigm and Jamie Afifi at Ziffren Brittenham. »

- Dave McNary

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The Fear Monger: Jesus Destroys Zombies, Keanu Reeves Teams With Eli Roth, And Pumpkinhead Gets A Remake

5 April 2014 1:53 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Good day, adulators of all things aortal. Here is where I normally make some pithy remarks about society at large and the weight of humanity.s wealth against the waste of our existence. But holy fish chainsaws do we have better things going today, as you will soon find out. In minor news, Relativity Media will be heading into an orphan.s nightmares with Somnia, director Mike Flanagan.s follow-up to his soon-to-be-released Oculus, starring Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth. Also, Troma is prepping a 30th anniversary Blu-ray, packed with special features like commentaries and interviews, but no release date has been set yet. Here.s hoping it comes with gooey toys. After the trailer, you.ll find an odd tag team, Jesus holding a shotgun and more horror remakes from your nightmares. Now, on with the column! Keanu Reeves Will Fight Girls in Eli Roth.s Knock Knock At »

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Relativity Picks Up Distribution Rights to Oculus Director's Somnia

4 April 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Mike Flanagan is a name we'd all better get used to hearing because he's quickly proving himself to be a force to be reckoned with on the scene. With Oculus set for release next Friday, his follow-up film has already been picked up for distribution, and you'll find all the details by reading on!

As per Deadline, Relativity has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Somnia, which Flanagan wrote with Oculus collaborator Jeff Howard. The company has committed to a wide release for the film in the near future.

Somnia revolves around an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.

Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish, Jacob Tremblay, and Dash Mihok star.

The film is produced by Trevor Macy, Sam Englebardt, and William D. Johnson.

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- John Squires

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Relativity gets Us on Somnia

4 April 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The studio has acquired Us rights to Mike Flanagan’s genre film and reunites with Intrepid Pictures and Mica Entertainment, with whom it is collaborating on the upcoming Oculus.

Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane star in Somnia and Relativity plans a wide release to be announced in further detail shortly.

Sierra/Affinity took over international sales on the title from the now defunct Focus Features International.

Flanagan (pictured) directs Somnia from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Howard about an orphaned child whose dreams and nightmares take physical shape as he sleeps.

Demarest Films and Mica Entertainment are financing. Intrepid PicturesTrevor Macy and Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D Johnson serve as producers. Mali Elfman and D Scott Lumpkin serve as executive producers.

Oculus is scheduled to open nationwide on April 11.

Paradigm represented Us rights in the deal. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Relativity to release Somnia in Us

4 April 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The studio has acquired Us rights to Mike Flanagan’s genre film and reunites with Intrepid Pictures and Mica Entertainment, with whom it is collaborating on the upcoming Oculus.

Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane star in Somnia and Relativity plans a wide release to be announced in further detail shortly.

Sierra/Affinity took over international sales on the title from the now defunct Focus Features International.

Flanagan (pictured) directs Somnia from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Howard about an orphaned child whose dreams and nightmares take physical shape as he sleeps.

Demarest Films and Mica Entertainment are financing. Intrepid PicturesTrevor Macy and Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D Johnson serve as producers. Mali Elfman and D Scott Lumpkin serve as executive producers.

Oculus is scheduled to open nationwide on April 11.

Paradigm represented Us rights in the deal. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Relativity acquires Somnia for Us

4 April 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The studio has acquired Us rights to Mike Flanagan’s genre film and reunites with Intrepid Pictures and Mica Entertainment, with whom it is collaborating on the upcoming Oculus.

Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane star in Somnia and Relativity plans a wide release to be announced in further detail shortly.

Sierra/Affinity took over international sales on the title from the now defunct Focus Features International.

Flanagan (pictured) directs Somnia from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Howard about an orphaned child whose dreams and nightmares take physical shape as he sleeps.

Demarest Films and Mica Entertainment are financing. Intrepid PicturesTrevor Macy and Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D Johnson serve as producers. Mali Elfman and D Scott Lumpkin serve as executive producers.

Oculus is scheduled to open nationwide on April 11.

Paradigm represented Us rights in the deal. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kate Bosworth’s Horror-Thriller ‘Somnia’ Getting U.S. Distribution

4 April 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Relativity Media has bought U.S. distribution rights to Mike Flanagan’s horror-thriller “Somnia,” starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane and Annabeth Gish.

Production began in November. “Oculus” director Mike Flanagan came on board to helm “Somnia” during the Toronto Film Festival.

Producers on “Somnia” are Intrepid’s Trevor Macy, along with William D. Johnson and Sam Englebardt of Demarest Films, which will produce and co-finance with Mica Entertainment. Mali Elfman and D. Scott Lumpkin are exec producing.

Somnia,” written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard, centers on an orphaned child whose dreams and nightmares manifest physically as he sleeps. Flanagan and Howard also co-wrote “Oculus,” which was acquired for the U.S by Relativity with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse.

In addition to Bosworth and Jane, “Somnia” stars Jacob Tremblay as the child.

 

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- Dave McNary

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Relativity Acquiring U.S. Distribution Rights To ‘Oculus’ Filmmaker Followup ‘Somnia’

4 April 2014 9:08 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: As it whips up buzz for the April 11 launch of the genre thriller Oculus, Relativity has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Somnia, the horror film directed by Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan. The film stars Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish, Jacob Tremblay and Dash Mihok. The deal continues the relationship between Relativity and Intrepid Pictures. Intrepid and Demarest produced, and Demarest Films co-financed Somnia with Mica Entertainment, the latter of which also co-financed Oculus. Relativity has committed to a wide release of Somnia. The film revolves around an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps. The film is produced by Trevor Macy, Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson. Flanagan and his Oculus partner Jeff Howard wrote the screenplay. Mali Elfman and D. Scott Lumpkin are exec producers. Paradigm reps Intrepid with Reder & Feig, and they brokered this deal. Apa reps Flanagan and Howard. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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