Entries by Mark McCurley

Original ‘Ghostbusters’ Stars Dan Akroyd and Ernie Hudson Confirmed to Return for Sequel

Who ya gonna call? The Ghosbusters 2020 casting director for a big ‘Thank You’ because The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed stars of the original two Ghostbusters films, Dan Akroyd and Ernie Hudson, will return for the long-awaited sequel in their respective roles of Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore.

Of the casting announcement, Akroyd said in an interview with The Joe Rogen Experience podcast, “I’m not in the pictures so much anymore. We’ve got the ‘Ghostbusters’ movie that we’re working on now and I will have to be performing in that. Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a new movie called, well, it’s gonna be ‘Ghostbusters,’ the third movie. It will be all, most of the original people and then young stars.” read more read more

‘Halloween Kills’ Set to Start Filming in Wilmington, NC

As if October 31 doesn’t come fast enough, filming is already set to begin on Halloween Kills, the upcoming sequel to 2018’s Halloween, starring franchise legend Jamie Lee Curtis. Cameras will roll on Sept. 12 with the first scenes in Wilmington, NC according to the city’s local news.

The Port City is considered to be “Hollywood East” where many feature films and TV series have been made, such as The Crow, Iron Man 3, Virus (also starring Curtis), Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and One Tree Hill. The suburb area is perfect for a new nightmare in Haddonfield. read more read more

‘Dark Shadows’ Sequel Series Coming to The CW

With confirmation from Deadline, legendary horror television series Dark Shadows will be getting a continuation on The CW network.

The station, along with Warner Bros. Television, have inked a deal that will bring the followup series, titled Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, to a modern audience.

Mark B. Perry will pen the reboot’s pilot episode and executive produce. His screenwriting works also include Revenge, Ghost Whisperer and Brothers & Sisters. read more

‘The Lighthouse’ Gets New Trailer

Premiering today on YouTube, The Lighthouse has a chilling new trailer showcasing the suspense and despair of two men living in isolation.

In February 2016, Robert Eggers’ The Witch was released nationwide and shook audiences to the core with visceral imagery of a family living alongside a forest filled with witches in colonial New England. His latest feature is the story of two lighthouse keepers in 1890 who live on a remote island that must deal with loneliness, friendship and their deepest fears, including the uncertainty of how long it has been since they have been in the lighthouse. read more read more

Tom Felton Joins ‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ Cast

Coming exclusively from The Hollywood Reporter, Netlfix’s A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting has added Tom Felton to its expanding cast.

Felton is known for his long tenure as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film franchise, and the recent YouTube Premium series Origin.

Based on the young-adult book series by Joe Ballarini, who is also writing the film’s screenplay, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is the story of Kelly Ferguson who is babysitting for the first time and during her watch the children she’s looking after are captured by horrible monsters. After which she joins a secret society of babysitters who band together to fight and get the children back. read more read more

The Losers’ Club gets Reintroduced with ‘IT: Chapter Two’ Character Posters

Last we saw The Losers’ Club of Derry, ME they had defeated Pennywise the Clown into submission, but not for good. Now, 27 years later, the gang returns to finish what began when they were all just 11 years old. To commemorate the occasion, Warner Bros. released new IT: Chapter Two character posters on Instagram, juxtaposing the grown-up Losers with their younger selves. Check them out below!

In the anticipated sequel, Pennywise has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. As adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, people of Derry are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others to come back. Traumatized by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all, putting them directly in the path of the shape-shifting clown that has become deadlier than ever. read more read more

James Wan Horror Feature Adds George Young and Jake Abel to Cast

This just in, reports from Variety and Deadline confirm British film star George Young (Grace, A Bread Factory, Containment) will be starring as the male lead opposite Annabelle Wallis (The Loudest Voice, Annabelle) in James Wan’s upcoming secret horror movie which is under the working title Silvercup.

In addition, casting has continued to expand with Percy Jackson and Supernatural alum Jake Abel signing on.

The film, which has a plot being kept tightly under wraps, is based on a story by Wan and Ingrid Bisu, who starred in The Nun and recently got engaged to the 42-year-old Australian director. Wan will also produce the film through his Atomic Monster banner alongside Michael Clear. The film is being financed through Starlight Media and Midas Innovation, who will distribute in China as New Line handles the remaining distribution. read more read more

Johannes Roberts Gives Update on ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot

During an interview with Screenrant, when asked about the current progress of Constantin Films’ upcoming Resident Evil reboot, director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) said the project is still moving forward and is in active development.

He teased the film’s new story line will be much closer to its video game source material.

“We are in active development of that at the moment,” Roberts said. “I pitched them a take, and they really loved it. So, we are just gearing up on that as we speak, really. I’m in the office all the time there. So, yeah, it’s great. It’s gonna be super scary. It’s super, super scary. And it’s just getting back to the roots of the game. I think, at the moment, I’m not really allowed to say much more than that. But it’s gonna be a lot of fun.” read more read more

Djimon Hounsou to Replace Brian Tyree Henry in ‘A Quiet Place 2’

Just in from The Wrap, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America, Shazam!) has joined the highly-anticipated sequel A Quiet Place 2 replacing Brian Tyree Henry who left the project due to scheduling conflicts.

Hounsou, whose upcoming projects also include Charlie’s Angels, The King’s Man, and the TV series What If…?, joins Emily Blunt, who returns for the sequel alongside cast members Noah Jupe (Suburbicon, Wonder) and Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck), with John Krasinski who will write and direct again. Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy (Breakfast on Pluto, Peaky Blinders) will also star in the sequel, set for release on March 20, 2020. read more read more

‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Miniseries Gets Teaser Trailer

Released today, Nickelodeon has posted the first teaser trailer for the upcoming return of the network’s iconic horror series Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

Getting a first glimpse of the new Midnight Society, the trailer shows the group as they gather around for a new story of horror.

Set to be three one-hour episodes, the series introduces an entirely new group of kids who tell new terrifying tales, including one about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the stories come to life. read more