Entries by Mark McCurley

Original Stephen King Books and Manuscripts Ruined by Water Main Break

This just in from Bangor Daily News, Gerald Winters’ rare book store, Gerald Winters & Son, in Bangor, Maine, suffered a devastating blow when a water main burst that flooded his basement, soaking the pages of dozens of first and limited-edition Stephen King books, galleys, signed copies, prints in different languages and rare ephemera.

Winters said he estimates he lost about 2,000 books, and as many as seven of King’s original typed manuscripts. These include Dolan’s Cadillac, Maximum Overdrive and The Eyes of the Dragon. He also collected rare and signed copies of works from J.R.R. Tolkien, some dating back 80 years. read more read more

Gillian Anderson Receives Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Emmy-winning actress Gillian Anderson has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was unveiled on Monday, Jan. 8.

Anderson’s star is the 2,625th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961.

Known best for her co-headlining role of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the science fiction series The X-Files, Anderson received Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy nominations from ‘96 to ‘99, winning in ‘97 for her performance in the series. She won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress the same year. read more read more

Dark ‘Sabrina’ Gets First Concept Art

Earlier this month, it was reported the new rendition of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is actually getting a two season order from Netflix rather than airing on The CW Network, and today series executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has revealed the first piece of concept art for the series.

Looking just as twisted as the comics from which it originated, the artwork depicts the main character surrounded by vast woods observing a bright and burning fire. read more

‘Kill or Be Killed’ Film Adaptation Gets Director

Kill or Be Killed, a comic book from Winter Soldier creator Ed Brubaker, is making its way to the big screen with John Wick director Chad Stahelski behind the camera.

Teaming back up with Wick producer Basil Iwanyk, Stahelski, also a stunt coordinator, put his knowledge of action to use with the 2014 breakout hit starring Keanu Reeves. He followed up with 2017’s John Wick: Chapter Two and is currently in pre-production on John Wick: Chapter Three. The remake of The Highlander is also on his directorial slate. Stahelski is represented by WME and Gang Tyre. read more read more

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Gets First Trailer

Universal Pictures has released the first official trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, featuring the return of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

A franchise going on 25 years, the Jurassic film series returns in 2018 with its fifth entry and many familiar faces coming with it.

Stars Pratt and Howard are returning alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Fallen Kingdom. The two leads  are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones and Rafe Spall. BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles as Henry Wu and Ian Malcolm respectively. read more read more

‘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