Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring franchise, along with its various sequels and spinoffs, has made over $900 million and counting for the studio. In 1980, Gerald Brittle published a book about the cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren, entitled The Demonologist. Brittle claims that his agreement with The Warrens in 1978 included a “no competing work” provision which is still in effect today. The Hollywood Reporter has published portions of a 335 page amended complaint which Brittle filed against Warner Bros. in Virginia federal court on Wednesday. The complaint seeks $900 million in damages, and it alleges that Warner Bros. knowingly created the franchise under permission by Lorraine Warren when it was actually Brittle’s permission the studio needed to move forward. Furthermore, Brittle claims that the studio can not claim “fair use” based upon the historical facts of the cases because Brittle alleges that The Warren’s stories are works of fiction.
Netflix has announced that surprise zombie/comedy hit Santa Clarita Diet has been renewed for a second season and fans of the show couldn’t be happier.
The show, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, centers on a married professional couple who live in Santa Clarita, CA with their teenaged daughter. Life for them is quite vanilla until Barrymore becomes a zombie and needs to dine on human flesh to survive.
The ten episode first season debuted on Netflix to mostly positive reviews in February and instantly created a buzz due to the nature of the show as well as it being Barrymore’s first role in a regular series.
Universal Orlando announced via their official blog today that a house based on three different seasons of American Horror Story will be the first of many houses that will make-up Halloween Horror Nights 27.
Michael Aiello, Sr. Director of Entertainment Creative for Universal Orlando Resort stated that the AHS House “…will feature brand new content from Season 2: Asylum, Season 3: Coven and Season 6: Roanoke. And to really blow it out, we’re using our largest floor plan—aka our uber-maze—to bring to life the three incredibly detailed seasons. American Horror Story has some of the most intricate and intimidating characters I’ve ever seen. We’ve worked hard to once again bring this unique anthology to life, recreating the series with every turn of this maze.”
Entertainment Weekly broke the news today that Buffy the Vampire Slayer would continue as a new young adult book series by author Kiersten White, introducing a new group of characters that will follow in the tradition of the well-loved originals.
The new series of books “…will be published in the fall of 2018, will be titled Slayer and will feature a brand new slayer from the group of potentials that Willow used her Wicca skills to awaken in the show’s final episode.”
Liesa Abrams, vice president and editorial director of Simon Pulse, praised the choice of White, stating that,“Kiersten White, whose work we deeply admire, is the perfect author to write an original series set in the Buffyverse. We couldn’t be more excited to have Kiersten on board to bring her skill and passion for Buffy together with one of the most influential properties in popular culture.”
Let’s jump right into the water here. Marion Crane checks into the Bates Motel on her own (as Marie Samuels, that is) with more than enough cash to take care of the debt her lover claims is keeping them from living happily ever after. Marion is understandably disoriented by the crime she just committed. And as if the next steps of her life weren’t dubious enough, she finds herself eating a late night ham sandwich in the Bates Motel office surrounded by stuffed birds. Despite the motel manager’s lascivious stares, Marion is polite and appreciative. She knows she that being in White Pine Bay is one step closer to a hopeful future with her boyfriend. But when Sam finally calls her, she hears a woman yelling in the background and then a dial tone. (Well, not really a dial tone but you get the effect.) Waiting for Sam to call back, Marion decides to take a shower…in Room #1…with Norman watching from the office peephole. Gulp. Just when I have no more nails to bite, the shower curtain is ripped open!…by Marion, who has decided Sam is not going to get away with his lying liar lies. She finds Norman in the office straightening the wall art and flirts her way to Sam’s address. Unfortunately, Norman lets her in on the little secret that Sam has been deceiving both Marion and his wife Madeleine. She doesn’t want to believe the truth but witnesses it for herself as she watches Sam and Madeleine fighting through the front window of their home. Marion introduces a crow bar to Sam’s car windows before speeding back to the motel. She feels foolish and defeated, having been neglected and taken advantage of her whole life. She finds comfort in Norman when he checks in upon her return from the Loomis house. Despite feeling frightened and forsaken, she heeds his advice to start a new life. She hugs Norman, leaves behind everything but the money, and burns rubber – tossing her phone out the window along the way. Adieu, Marion. Don’t forget to write.
It’s been a busy month for Robert Rodriguez! We reported last week that after a period of inactivity, he was in talks to direct a remake of the John Carpenter classic, Escape from New York. Now, Deadline reports that Rodriguez will direct an animated film for STX Entertainment featuring the children’s toys, Ugly Dolls. The dolls were created by David Horvath’s Pretty Ugly LLC., and they are huge in Asia (one of the last consistent markets for movie ticket sales).
While horror fans know Rodriguez for films like Planet Terror, From Dusk till Dawn, and Sin City, he has been very successful with children’s entertainment at the box office. 2001’s Spy Kids earned $148 million worldwide on a production budget of $35 million and spawned three successful sequels. He has mastered the art of balancing financially successful mainstream hits with niche genre favorites, and the new projects on his plate reflect this practice.
Terminator fans were excited to learn in January that James Cameron is planning to return to the franchise with Deadpool director, Tim Miller, in 2019. At the time, we reported that Cameron will regain certain rights to the franchise due to a copyright reversion which will occur 35 years after the release of the original 1984 film. On Monday, Paramount removed a planned sequel to 2015’s Terminator: Genisys, entitled Terminator 3 (Now that’s some interesting numbering!), from it’s release calendar. The film was originally scheduled for June 29th, 2018.
For those eagerly awaiting the remake of Stephen King’s IT, the hits just keep on coming. Hot on the heels of yet another released still of Pennywise last week comes an even better treat to satiate the horror masses. The folks over at Warner Brothers have unleashed the official teaser poster, featuring the poor unfortunate Georgie starring down the wicked clown’s hand as the demon clutches the ill-fated red balloon. For those that have read King’s brilliant novel, the manifestation of this imagery is enough to make your heart beat stronger. The new poster can be seen below.
Deadline broke the news today that comedian Billy Eichner will join the cast of the seventh season of American Horror Story.
Eichner (best known for his acidic wit and antics on his Billy on the Street talk show/game show on TruTV) will supposedly portray,”…a close confidant of (Sarah) Paulson’s character and mostly will be wearing mysterious tank tops.” That’s right, mysterious tank tops…
Eichner is also rumored to “… be in six or seven of the 11 episodes in Season 7, which begins shooting in May.” Ironically, Eichner joked recently on a Billy on the Street episode that the only opportunity for him on scripted television was to appear on American Horror Story and get killed.