Edwin F. Becker’s Book ‘True Haunting’ Is Being Developed as a Feature Film by Screen Gems

The 1970s is famous for a number of haunted house and possession cases that everyone remembers, from the world famous Amityville Horror to England’s greatest haunting, the Enfield Poltergeist Case.  Many of these “real life” hauntings also received the Hollywood treatment, but up until now, no one ever decided to make a film based on television’s long forgotten first live exorcism, which aired on NBC in 1971.

Not until today that is, as Screen Gems (a company that never turned down a project it didn’t like) is ready to adapt Edwin F. Becker’s recollection of what he reports was an exorcism gone wrong in his book True HauntingAccording to an exclusive report by Deadline, Producer “Cindy Cowan has optioned the book, and will produce with Steve Bersch and Scott Strauss overseeing the project.” read more

Release Date for ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot

Twilight Zone fans of the world, celebrate! Deadline has reported that on Monday, April 1st, the Jordan Peele hosted reboot of the classic sci-fi show will premiere with two episodes on CBS All Access and then new episodes will be available weekly on Thursdays starting April 11th for CBS All Access subscribers.

The series will be a modern re-imagining of  the Rod Serling original which aired 1959-1964. As mentioned above, Jordan Peele will be taking on the Rod Serling role of narrator and host and confirmed actors for the series include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun. read more

Dick Miller Passes Away at 90

We have sad news to report as longtime character actor Dick Miller passed away Wednesday in Toluca Lake, California at the age of 90.  Miller was the subject of the 1999 documentary which surveyed his acting career, That Guy Dick Miller.

Miller was a mainstay in many of Roger Corman’s films throughout his career including It Conquered the World, Not of This Earth, The Undead, A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors, and The Terror.

Later in his career Miller would appear in Piranha, The Howling, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Terminator, Chopping Mall, Night of the Creeps, and Demon Knight. read more

CBS All Access to Adapt Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ into 10 Episode Limited Series

The folks at CBS All Access are working hard to make their streaming platform a one stop spot for horror programming. First, they became the exclusive home to Jordan Peele’s new The Twilight Zone reboot; and now they’re turning one of Stephen King’s most popular novels into (another) limited television series!

Variety reports that CBS Television Studios will produce a 10 episode limited series of The Stand for CBS All Access. Josh Boone (The New Mutants, The Fault in Our Stars) will direct the series, based on a script by Boone and Ben Cavell (Justified, SEAL Team, Sneaky Pete). The Stand is a passion project for Boone, who began his love affair with the novel when he was twelve and his religious parents burned his copy in the family fireplace: read more

‘Zomebieland Double Tap’ Adds Cast and Releases First Poster as “10 Year Challenge”

Ten years ago Zombieland delighted movie-goers with it’s horror/comedy/zombie ways and now the sequel, Zombieland Double Tap, is set to begin filming this week. According to Deadline, Rosario Dawson (Death Proof, Sin City) has been added to the cast joining other Zombieland newcomers Zoey Deutch (Everybody Wants Some!) and Avan Jogia (Now Apocalypse); the cast also includes original members Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin.

In a pretty genius move, the poster for this new installment of the Sony film was released via the Zombieland Twitter account as a #10YearChallenge post (see below) and they’ve all aged pretty nicely for spending ten years in a zombie wasteland! According to Deadline, Zombieland Double Tap, “centers on the comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland. The zombie slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. Most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.” read more

Zack Snyder Returning to Zombies With Netflix’s ‘Army of the Dead’

Director Zack Snyder made his feature film debut with 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake, which catapulted Snyder into the world of mainstream Hollywood and big budget blockbusters.  After years of creating some notable hits (300, The Watchmen) and misses (Batman v. Superman, Justice League), it looks like Snyder will once again return to the living dead with Netflix’s Army of the Dead. 

According to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Snyder and co-produced with his wife/partner Deborah Snyder. Snyder came up with the original story (which is being scripted by Joby Harold) and the tale will be set in Las Vegas during a massive zombie outbreak, where one enterprising individual decides to pull off a major heist (while everyone is away from the roulette wheels). read more

Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern Join Cast of ‘War of the Worlds’

Prepare for battle with Martians as THR is reporting that Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern will lead the cast of War of the Worlds.

The eight-part series is described as follows:

In this new take on War Of The Worlds, when astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. Earth’s population waits for further contact with baited breath, but does not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out, with just pockets of humanity are left in an eerily deserted world. As alien ships appear in the sky, the survivors ask a burning question — who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on our destruction? read more

The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Ghostface Killah Working on Horror Film ‘Angel of Dust’

The RZA and Ghostface Killah of The Wu-Tang Clan are working on a film titled Angel of Dust, according to a story by Deadline. Inspired by horrifying, true tales that happened to them while growing up in the projects of Staten Island, the story was created by Ghostface Killah, along with Wu manager Michael Caruso, and was scripted by Stephen Smith and Matt Leslie who wrote 2018’s indie hit Summer of ’84. The film is set to be directed by RZA who has several directing credits and numerous acting credits on his resume. Producing, along with RZA, Ghostface and Caruso will be Shaun Redick (Get Out) and Yvette Yates of Impossible Dream Entertainment. read more

‘Chucky’ Series Coming to Syfy

It looks like everyone’s favorite killer doll is headed to Syfy. According to Deadline, Syfy has nabbed the rights to develop a Chucky TV series. The series come from the Child’s Play creative team of Don Mancini and David Kirschner who will be joined by Nick Antosca.

“I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and SYFY is the perfect network for us,” said Mancini in an official statement. “The show will be a fresh take on the franchise, allowing us to explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format, while staying true to the original vision that has terrorized audiences for over three decades now.” read more

Hulu, NEON Win Rights to Distribute Dark Comedy ‘Little Monsters’

And the undead hits just keep on coming.  Deadline is reporting that streaming giant Hulu has partnered up with distributor NEON in acquiring the rights to the horror comedy Little Monsters.  With a Resident Evil series already announced and the Zombieland sequel finally becoming official, it seems that reports of the zombie genre’s demise may be a bit premature.

Little Monsters, currently buzzing the Sundance circuit, stars Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Alexander England (Alien: Covenant) and Josh Gad (Frozen) and is only the second film to be directed by Australian Abe Forsythe.  Nyong’0 plays kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline, who leads her class on a trip helped by slacker Dave (England).  They must deal with both a persistent children’s television star named Teddy McGiggle (Gad) as well as an ill-timed zombie invasion.  The heat around Little Monsters is a good sign for the zombie sub-genre, as ratings for AMC horror flagship show The Walking Dead continue to decline as the ninth season winds down, and few directors stepping up in the wake of horror icon and creator of the cinematic zombie genus George Romero’s death in 2017. read more