Chris Hemsworth in Talks to Star in Sony’s ‘Men in Black’ Spinoff

We reported earlier this month that Sony Pictures is fast-tracking a Men in Black spinoff movie with F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Fate of the Furious) set to direct. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be returning for the project; and with a May 17th, 2019 release date, the studio needs to find its new stars ASAP. It turns out, a top contender for a lead role has some prior experience dealing with aliens in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Variety reports that Chris Hemsworth is in early talks to star in the upcoming film. As Thor, Hemsworth has met his fair share of creatures. In addition to the PG-13 blockbuster action that Hemsworth is used to performing, Men in Black is known for its extraterrestrial-themed action comedy. Fortunately, he has experience with delivering laughs as well. Hemsworth last tickled America’s funny bone in Ghostbusters (2016) and Thor: Ragnarok. read more

‘The New Mutants’ To Add New Character During Summer Re-shoots

While scheduled re-shoots of big-budget Hollywood films are nothing new, adding an entirely new character into the fold during them is.  This is precisely what Twentieth Century Fox will be doing with the horror-themed comic book film The New Mutants, set for an additional round of photography this summer.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, in addition to new and revised scenes being shot a new character will be introduced into the mix as well.  It’s a bold move for the much-anticipated film, which the studio hopes pays off at the box office. read more

Viewership for ‘The Walking Dead’ Continues to Drop with Lowest-Ever Ratings for Season 8 Mid-Season Premiere

Earlier this week, HNN’s own Nick Banks promptly reviewed Carl’s extended farewell in The Walking Dead Season Eight mid-season premiere, but it turns out he’s part of a group of viewers that just keeps shrinking. It’s been no secret that viewership ratings for the show have been declining since Season Seven, but the series set a dubious record Sunday night for its lowest rated midseason premiere of all time.

Variety reports that Nielsen’s Live+Same Day “data shows that Sunday’s premiere drew a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.3 million viewers.” The drop in viewership from last year’s mid-season premiere amounts to nearly 4 million fewer viewers. If it’s any consolation, 2012’s Season Two mid-season premiere earned a higher overall rating of 4.2 in the key 18-49 demographic, but it netted slightly fewer overall viewers (8.1 million as opposed to Season Seven’s 8.3 million). read more

‘[REC]’ Director Paco Plaza’s ‘Veronica’ Gets US Release on Netflix

Following Netflix’s trend of releasing films with no warning, fans of Spanish director Paco Plaza will be happy to hear that his recent Ouija-inspired film Veronica is now available for viewing on the streaming service.  The film was previously released internationally and on the festival circuit in 2017.

Plaza is best known for 2007’s [Rec] which is a the film that countless others horror director’s have stolen from, with an APB out for shots of screaming women being dragged by their feet into darkness. read more

Cover Art and Release Date Revealed for R.L. Stine’s Next ‘Return to Fear Street’ Book

While most people know R.L. Stine for his beloved Goosebumps series of books for children, Fear Street is where it all began in 1989! The literary franchise was aimed at older kids than the target audience of Goosebumps, and many of its memorable titles served as a gateway between the “kid’s stuff” and the more grown-up works of Stine’s contemporaries. This summer, Stine will be returning to Fear Street in the aptly-titled franchise, Return to Fear Street! The new series first hit store shelves in 2014 after a 15 year hiatus following the end of the original series. The next book will be called, You May Now Kill the Bride, and it will be available in bookstores on July 24th, 2018. read more

WiHM: An Interview with Shriekfest Founder Denise Gossett

Continuing our coverage for Women in Horror Month, we caught up with Shriekfest’s Denise Gossett. Denise is the Founder and Director of Shriekfest, a horror film festival and screenplay competition in Los Angeles that is now in its 18th year. Denise talks to us about her life in horror and her decision to start the festival.

 Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Have you always been a fan of horror?

Denise Gossett: I have!  Horror films were the only rated “R” films my parents would let me and my brother watch. Weird, I know…so, we took full advantage! read more

More Details Emerge for ‘The Purge’ TV Series

In April of last year, genre powerhouse Blumhouse announced its venture into the world of television with The Purge TV series. Based on the film franchise and its premise of the annual night of lawlessness, the series is slated for release this year. Deadline is reporting today that Gabriel Chavarria and Jessica Garza have been tapped to play the lead roles in the upcoming series for USA and SyFy.

Chavarria will be portraying Miguel, a US Marine who returns to town on Purge night, with Garza portraying his sister Penelope. Penelope has pledged herself to a Purge cult, which seems like it would set the writers up to deepen the plot for plenty of episodes. Last Spring, Jason Blum revealed that “it will reveal to the fans what happens the other 364 days of the year and how that law affects people.” read more

Fox Cancels M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Wayward Pines’ After 2 Seasons

Now there’s a twist you didn’t see coming! Executive producer M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines will not be returning for Season Three. TV Line reports that Fox has pulled the plug on the supernatural drama after mulling the decision over since this past summer.

Fans of the show haven’t particularly been holding their collective breath for more episodes, as Season Two’s finale last aired in late July of 2016- before the January 2017 release of Split– back when Shyamalan was known as a former director of satisfactory thrillers with twist endings and big budget disasters/education reform extraordinaire. Even if Fox wished to continue with the series, Shyamalan may have found it difficult to split his time between the television series and his successful new work on the big screen. Split was a box office surprise and it earned critical praise like Shyamalan hadn’t seen since 2002, and it’s follow-up, Glass, is currently in post-production. read more

‘The Dark Tower’ in Development as a TV Series for Amazon?

Last summer, the world was (mis)treated to Nikolaj Arcel’s vision of Stephen King’s “Gunslinger” series in The Dark Tower.  While the work of  Idris Elba as “Gunslinger” Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black was fantastic, they could not save what was mainly an attempt at dumbing down King’s opus to make a Percy Jackson-esque teenage adventure film.

But..I digress. The news here is that, while there were always talks of intertwining multiple films with a television series to try and capture the breadth of the Gunslinger’s world, it appears that the awfulness of the first film has not killed off the possibility of seeing a television series…kind of. read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Mid-Season Premiere: The Horror News Network Review

The last time that viewers got to watch the Walking Dead, it left off on a tragic and shocking note with Carl being bitten and awaiting his fate.  Unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, what this mid-season premier turned out to be was us waiting a few months to get another drawn out, over-indulgent, and most importantly, emotionless goodbye to one of the original characters.

The Walking Dead has a long history of emotional goodbyes.  The number of characters that viewers have said goodbye to is too numerous to list at this point after eight seasons, but the early departures were always handled with finesse, knowing when to cut the scene and provide the important emotional punch.  That all changed with season six’s final episode that created their version of the infamous “Who Shot J.R.?” angle and the subsequent bashing of Glenn and Abraham by that “smiling jack” by the name of Negan at the start of season seven. read more