Robert Zemeckis to Adapt ‘The Witches’ for Warner Brothers

According to Deadline Robert Zemeckis is in talks to write and direct a film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book The Witches. Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron are also said to be on board as producers of the film.

The Witches was a novel written by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake and published by Jonathan Cape in 1983. The story focuses on an eight-year-old British boy who goes to live with his Norwegian grandmother following the death of his parents. The boy learns that witches are real and they mean to kill human children. read more

Blumhouse Announces Deal With Tang Media to Produce Horror Films for Chinese Audiences

In an exclusive report from the Hollywood Reporter, Blumhouse Productions “…will make its foray into China via an ambitious new partnership with Tang Media Partners, the Shanghai- and Los Angeles-based entertainment company founded by Donald Tang in 2015.”

Blum and Tang confirmed the deal at the Shanghai International Film Festival. Both parties “…said they have entered into a collaboration agreement to co-develop and co-finance a slate of Chinese-language horror and thriller films to be distributed by TMP in China. The projects will be jointly produced in both China and the U.S.” and the first film will be American Nightmare, a Chinese-language film that will be shot in California. read more

Jon Bernthal to Return as Shane in ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Nine

As AMC’s The Walking Dead changes course amid ratings drops and the departures of key performers, the series still has a trick or two up its sleeves to keep viewers engaged. One of those tricks comes with the recent confirmation that a long-dead character will appear in one episode of the upcoming season. Shane’s back, baby!

TV Line reports that Jon Bernthal will return as Shane for one episode of Season Nine of The Walking Dead. The news has since been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. While AMC hasn’t officially confirmed the story, Bernthal was recently spotted with The Walking Dead cast members close to a shooting location in Georgia. Shane returned to the series once before as Rick’s hallucination, so it’s likely that he will appear again in a similar fashion. We know that Season Nine will be Andrew Lincoln’s last season, so it’s now or never for Rick to see his dearly departed ex-friend one last time. read more

Dark Horse Comics and Netflix Unite to Publish ‘Stranger Things’ Comic Book

Have you ever wondered what happened to Will Byers during Season One of Stranger Things Wonder no longer!  According to the official press release, Dark Horse Comics and Netflix are teaming up (starting in September of 2018) to produce officially licensed “…comics and young adult graphic novels expanding the world of Hawkins and its many inhabitants.”

Dark Horse President and Founder Mike Richardson stated that “Dark Horse is known for championing stories and storytellers.  We are so excited to work with Netflix to bring the world of Stranger Things to comics.” read more

Marilyn Manson Records ‘The Lost Boys’ Soundtrack Staple ‘Cry Little Sister’

When The Lost Boys was released in late July of 1987, it brought slews of teenagers to the theaters.  When those teenagers left the theater, they headed straight for their local record store and purchased the hit soundtrack to the film to continue the experience.  One of those teens must have been a young Brian Warner, because the man now known as Marilyn Manson has just recorded a version of The Lost Boys soundtrack staple, “Cry Little Sister”, for your listening pleasure.

The Lost Boys soundtrack consisted of a number of cover songs by popular artists of the day such as INXS and Echo and the Bunnymen and front men like Roger Daltrey and Lou Graham who were estranged from their original bands at the time, as well as a few original tracks from artists that we haven’t heard from since.  Ironically, one of those artists by the name of Gerard McMahon recorded the song that is most associated with the film entitled “Cry Little Sister”. read more

‘Hereditary’s’ Second Weekend Holds Up at Box Office

Much has been written about the polarizing effect that A24’s Hereditary has had on the horror community (and many predicted a sharp decline at the box office after the first weekend), but Ari Aster’s creepy take on family dynamics and satanism is still bringing fans into the theater, earning just over $7 million this past weekend.

While the weekend take is far from staggering, the fact that Hereditary only dropped by 48% is significant in light of the mixed fan reaction.  In comparison, most horror films will drop anywhere from 55% to 65% of their initial take after their first week of release. With no horror films on the horizon until The First Purge on July 4th, Hereditary should continue to attract curious fans (even those outside of the normal horror realm) over the next few weeks. read more

‘Lucifer’ Picked Up By Netflix After Fox Cancellation

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox’s Lucifer just got a new lease on life courtesy of streaming giant Netflix.  It is not clear when the series will return for a fourth season, or how many episodes it will consist of, but Lucifer fans can rest easy today, knowing that it will return soon.

Lead actor Tom Ellis and creator Joe Henderson took to twitter to celebrate the news, thanking fans for helping save the series.

#LuciferSeason4 on @Netflix wow that sounds nice. You fans made this happen. #LuciFansrock #Lucifersaved ?? read more

Upcoming Season of ‘American Horror Story’ to Feature a Crossover

American Horror Story showrunner Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter that the next season of the show will be a crossover between season one’s Murder House and season three’s Coven.

Murder House, the inaugural season for FX’s successful show, premiered in October of 2011. The story centered around a couple that moved from Boston to Los Angeles and are unaware that their new house is haunted by ghosts of its former residents. The season starred Jessica Lange, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Tessa Farmiga. The twelve-episode series received generally positive reviews from critics and by the end of the season AHS tied Falling Skies as the biggest new cable series of the year among adults 18-49. read more

‘The Nun’ Gets in the Habit with First Trailer

Just in from The Hollywood Reporter, the first trailer for upcoming horror movie The Nun, a spin-off in The Conjuring universe, has been released by Warner Bros.

When a young nun takes her own life at an abbey in Romania, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. They uncover the order’s unholy secret and risk not only their lives but their faith and their very souls. As they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first scared audiences in The Conjuring 2, the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. read more

Jordan Peele Bringing ‘Gargoyles’ Back to Life?

Perhaps Jordan Peele is serious about not acting anymore?  Following the sketch comedy veteran’s wildly successful directorial debut (2017’s box office smash Get Out), Peele apparently now has his sights set on tackling a cult 90’s cartoon.  According to a recent edition of The Ankler newsletter, industry writer Richard Rushfield reveals that Peele is reportedly considering a run at the movie version of the 1990s cult animated series Gargoyles.  This would appear to be an odd choice for a director who is fresh off an Oscar win, but not altogether surprising based on his track record. read more