Entries by Mark McCurley

‘The Strangers’ Sequel Gets First Official Trailer

Premiering Thursday, 11/16, Aviron Pictures has released the first official trailer for The Strangers: Prey at Night, the sequel to the 2008 cult horror film.

While in production hell for nine years, Prey at Night  began filming in June 2017 in Covington, Kentucky and concluded on July 10. It will finally be released on March 9, 2018. Johannes Roberts, known for his directorial work on 47 Meters Down, helmed the film.

The story follows a family on a road trip that takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. read more read more

‘Morbius, the Living Vampire’ Adaptation Gets Screenwriters

The cinematic universe from Sony Pictures is now getting a lot bigger (and darker) with news coming from The Hollywood Reporter that a Morbius, The Living Vampire spin-off film is being developed and already has its screenwriters; Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama who worked on Power Rangers released in March of this year.

With the new Venom film starring Tom Hardy already in production, Sony Pictures brought on the screenwriters who wrote the script and submitted it to the studio after a secret development process. The duo are represented by ICM Partners. read more read more

Director Team Set for ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake

The latest from horror master Stephen King to be adapted for the big screen will be the remake of Pet Sematary and be directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch.

The duo (Widmyer and Kolsch) have previously worked together on the film Starry Eyes which they both wrote and directed. Other works of theirs include the anthology film Holidays as well as MTV’s Scream series.

After several directors expressed interest in doing a new Pet Sematary adaptation, Paramount Pictures has reached a decision and are currently making a deal with Widmyer and Kolsch to helm the film with the script being written by Jeff Buhler. read more read more

John Carpenter to Direct Pilot Episode of ‘Tales for a Halloween Night’

In an article with Rue Morgue, Sandy King confirmed that her husband, John Carpenter would direct the pilot episode of Tales for a Halloween Night. As we reported back in July, the duo will be adapting the series for television.

On others who would helm the episodes following him, she said, “And then we’ll hopefully bring on some great horror directors—and just great directors—so that it’ll be a high-end show. We want anything that has our brand associated with it to be a satisfying experience for readers, watchers, whatever we’re doing.” read more read more

‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel Gets New Writer at Warner Bros.

This just in from Deadline, Mike Vukadinovich has been selected to rewrite the script for Beetlejuice 2 at Warner Bros., a project that has been gestating since September 2011.

Vukadinovich is known for his recent film titled Rememory that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year. Based an original screenplay written by Vukadinovich, that film stars Peter Dinklage and Julie Ormond.

Producers for the new movie are reported to be Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions. read more read more

‘Bride of Frankenstein’ Release Date Set for Valentine’s Day 2019

Coming February 14, 2019 is a match not quite made in heaven with Bride of Frankenstein, the latest entry to the cinematic Dark Universe from Universal Pictures.

With the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise in June of this year, Universal Pictures began reforming its lineup of classic monster films. These include The Wolfman, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon among others, according to Darkuniverse.com.

Director Bill Condon, known for his directorial credit on this year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, has taken the reigns of Bride with production to begin in early 2018. He will be working from a script written by David Koepp. read more read more

Dark ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Reboot is Coming to The CW

Although its original run ended 14 years ago, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is returning for a much darker rendition than ever before in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Straight from The Independent, this version is aiming to be less teen-friendly and more in line with films like The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby. The new show will be produced by Warner Bros. TV along with Berlanti Productions and aired on The CW.

Chilling Adventures follows after Riverdale, a teen drama television series based on the characters by Archie Comics that premiered on The CW in January 2017. The show puts a dark spin on the more colorful counterparts from the original comic book series. read more read more