More Trouble for ‘The Crow’ as Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy Exit Film

More bad news for The Crow franchise as Deadline is reporting that Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy have left the film due to creative differences. Production was set to begin in Budapest this July with October 11, 2019 being the actual release date.

First published by Caliber Comics in 1989, The Crow follows the sad story of Eric Draven, a man who along with his wife were brutally attacked and killed by a gang of street thugs. After the attack, the couple are left for dead on the side of the road. Eric later dies in the hospital operating room while his fiancée Shelly dies at the scene. read more

Film Rights of Creepy Crawlers Toy Brand Lands at Paramount Players

Coming straight from Variety, the feature film rights for renown toy brand Creepy Crawlers has been acquired Paramount Players.

Plot details are currently unknown but the film will be based on the classic toy molds of all sorts of creepy and slimy critters, like scorpions, spiders and worms.

Creepy Crawlers, currently owned by JAKKS Pacific, was originally developed by Mattel in the early 1960’s. The toy line was revitalized by ToyMax in the ’90’s, which let children create their own molds again, such as the Creeple Peeple and Eeeks. read more

Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’: The Horror News Network Review

One of the interesting things that has happened recently with the rise of the streaming giants is the wide variety of content that is now available to audiences. Projects that didn’t fit in a particular formula or were deemed too risky under the old model, even for cable television stations, are now reaching viewers as the main online competitors race to fill their servers with diverse and original content. Amazon’s Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of those projects. Too scary for aficionados of period dramas and too existential for for visceral horror fans, folks have had trouble pinning down the story with a traditional label ever since Joan Lindsay first penned the novel in 1967. Showrunner/director Larysa Kondracki’s 6-hour retelling of the Australian classic largely captures the feel of the text and of the original 1975 Peter Weir film while updating the cinematography to contemporary standards (for better or for worse), ultimately offering a meaningful perspective on a classic work. read more

Jamie Foxx to Play ‘Spawn’ in McFarlane’s Reboot

It appears that a long-rumored cinematic reboot of a beloved comic book is on the verge of finally happening, and that an Academy Award winner will be headlining the cast.  According to an exclusive report from Deadline, artist/toy magnate/historical baseball dealer Todd McFarlane has selected Jamie Foxx to play the part of the title character in the upcoming production of Spawn.  Based on the immensely-popular comic book series created by McFarlane in 1992, this version of Spawn will be the second theatrical release of the comic saga following 1997’s film distributed by New Line Cinema.  This time around, McFarlane will produce the movie with Blumhouse Productions. read more

Stephan Franck Concludes Vampire Graphic Novel Series ‘Silver’

Stephan Franck has worked in a number of mediums and formats in his career, but fans will be happy to hear that his unique take on the Dracula mythos will conclude with Volume Four of his graphic novel series entitled Silver.

According to the official press release “Over the course of the last four years, Franck has been writing, illustrating and self publishing SILVER, a globe-trotting graphic novel series that mashes up the world of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula with action, adventure, humor, pulp storytelling and modern sensibilities. Told over the course of 4 volumes (and a stand alone novella), Franck has created an unforgettable cast and a compelling caper that picks up 30 years after Professor Abraham Van Helsing visited Dracula’s castle. Now Van Helsing’s descendent, the mysterious vampire hunter Rosalyn, is teaming up with a ragtag group of con men for a high stakes heist to rob Europe’s richest vampires. Will they succeed, and live off their take from this one last job?” read more

Andrew Lincoln to Exit ‘The Walking Dead’ During Season 9

Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead are used to seeing the show continue without some of their favorite characters… but what if the next big character exit were none other than Rick Grimes?

Collider reported this afternoon that Andrew Lincoln will be leaving the series next season, marking a departure of the main character of the franchise. No further reasons were given for Lincoln’s departure, but several news outlets are citing off-screen drama between the talent and the studio bean counters, including Lauren Cohan’s recent very-public contract negotiations. read more

Monster Week Returns to Animal Planet this Memorial Day Weekend

Monster Week returns to Animal Planet on Sunday May 27 with a full week of “…mysteries about animals and creatures rumored to exist, using new technologies, experts, the latest findings and people engaging like never before. ”

A wide variety of programming will be showcased the entire week, from traditional cryptids like Bigfoot and Nessie to the more mundane grizzlies and crocs.   The festivities kick off with the 100th episode of Finding Bigfoot.  According to the official press release “The two-hour special features our intrepid cast of investigators – Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymakerresearchers James “Bobo” Fay andCliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland – as they travel to the 50th anniversary celebration of the Patterson Gimlin film, often referred to as the holy grail of Bigfoot footage and the most famous piece of evidence ever recorded. Cutting-edge technology brings forth all-new details of the creature captured on this film and leaves our investigators more convinced than ever about its authenticity.” read more

‘Godzilla 2’ Release Moved to May 2019

Have you been waiting for some classic kaiju smashing action?  Didn’t get your fill from Pacific Rim 2 or Rampage?  If so, you will have to wait a few extra months for “The King of All Monsters” to return to the silver screen, as Warner Brothers Pictures has just moved Godzilla 2 from March to May 2019.

Although other news outlets have reported that this may be a move that was motivated by the studios confidence with the film, it is more likely about avoiding other “monster films”.  Godzilla 2’s original release date was March 22, which seemed like a good idea at the time as it avoided the bulk of the summer blockbusters and followed the pattern of last year’s Kong: Skull Island which also debuted in March. read more

Stephen King’s ‘Dr. Sleep’ Adaptation Scheduled for January 2020 Release

Warner Brothers Pictures announced today that Stephen King’s sequel to the Shining entitled Doctor Sleep will be released on January 24,  2020.

Doctor Sleep will be directed by Mike Flanagan, who is known for OculusHush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and the recent King adaptation Gerald’s Game.

Horror News Network’s John Evans covered Doctor Sleep way back in January, and described the story as “Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance, who is still suffering from his experiences as a young boy at the infamous Overlook Hotel. That’s where many of the most obvious connections to The Shining cease, as the majority of the novel is much more action-oriented and focused on Mr. Torrance’s conflict with a group of psychic vampires over the soul of young girl whose “shining” abilities are unparalleled. Whether Flanagan remains faithful to the text or decides to veer off in his own direction- like Kubrick did before him- remains to be seen. It’s worth noting, however, that Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game is recognized by fans as being closest to the source text of all of the recent movies based on King’s work.” read more

Idris Elba to Direct and Star in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Musical for Netflix

The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been synonymous with classic horror ever since Lon Chaney first exploded onto the silver screen in the classic 1923 film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s legendary novel. Now, nearly 100 years later, Idris Elba will adapt the story into a modern musical for Netflix!

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Elba will produce the music, direct the project, and star in the picture as the legendary Quasimodo. He will also produce the film alongside Ana Garanito, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and Fred Berger of La La Land fame (which is certainly promising news given the musical element of the new production). read more