Entries by John Evans

David Fincher to Direct World War Z Sequel Starring Brad Pitt

Last summer, a rumor began circulating that David Fincher- one of the finest directors of our time- was being wooed by his longtime collaborator, Brad Pitt, into directing a sequel to 2013’s World War Z. Fincher’s aversion to mainstream blockbusters and his highly selective filmmaking process made the rumor seem unlikely at the time, but now it sounds like he is very close to making a deal to direct the film!

Variety reports that the project was put on hold so that Pitt could finalize his divorce from Angelina Jolie, but now Paramount Studio’s CEO, Jim Gianopulos, is eager to greenlight the film within a couple of weeks. Gianopulos has a relationship with Fincher that extends beyond his current role in the studio. They’ve collaborated in the past on Fight Club and Gone Girl. Production is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2018.

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MTV to Reboot Scream with New Cast, New Showrunner, and Queen Latifah

Back on March 17th, we reported on a rumor that MTV’s Scream Season Three would be rebooted with a new cast and story. The speculation at the time was based on the show’s declining ratings (from 750,000 viewers per episode in Season One to 380,000 viewers per episode in Season Two), and the fact that key cast members were beginning to secure commitments to other shows (such as Willa Fitzgerald’s contract for Fox’s upcoming show, Behind Enemy Lines). While rumors about dramatic overhauls should always be taken with a grain of salt, this one turned out to be pretty much spot-on! MTV announced today that Season Three of Scream is “getting a total renovation,” with an all new showrunner, storyline, cast, and “flavor!”

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M. Night Shyamalan Announces Sequel to Split and Unbreakable

M. Night Shyamalan’s career has had more twists than the endings to his movies! He scored bigtime early in his career with hits like The Sixth SenseUnbreakable, and Signs before slipping into mediocrity with flops like The HappeningThe Last Airbender, and After Earth. He began to win back fans with 2015’s The Visit, but his real second chance came with this January’s Split. Made on a budget of just $9 million, the movie earned nearly $275 million worldwide! While this may not be enough to wash the taste of After Earth‘s $60 million domestic gross against a budget of $130 million, it’s certainly enough to show that Shyamalan can still make likable and financially successful movies when given a small budget.

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Rest in Peace: The Silence of The Lambs Director Jonathan Demme Dead at 73

Jonathan Demme, the prolific director of films like Philadelphia and Rachel Getting Married, passed away this morning in New York due to complications related to esophageal cancer. His contributions to filmmaking include a diverse range of critical and financial film and television hits spanning from 1974 right up until his death. Horror fans know him for bringing Dr. Hannibal Lecter to life in one of the most terrifying, memorable, and influential films of the 1990’s: The Silence of the Lambs.

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Taissa Farmiga Cast as The Nun in The Conjuring Spinoff, The Nun

News on The Nun, the highly anticipated new spinoff movie based upon the creepy character first featured in The Conjuring 2, is coming in fast! Earlier this month, we learned that Oscar-nominated actor Demian Bichir is set to star in the film. Now, Deadline reports that Taissa Farmiga is set to play the young nun herself in the film!

There’s no one out there more qualified to play the nun in The Nun. Taissa Farmiga’s horror credits include American Horror Story and The Final Girls. Better yet, she is the little sister of Vera Farmiga, who plays Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring films! This creepy coincidence wasn’t lost on franchise creator and director, James Wan, who had this to say about the development on Twitter:

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Ryan Murphy Drops More Details on American Horror Story Seasons 7 and 8

Last year around this time, fans knew absolutely nothing about Season Six of FX’s popular series, American Horror Story. The production of My Roanoke Nightmare was so secretive, that even the cast later revealed that they were unaware of their parts until just before shooting. This time around, showrunner Ryan Murphy is taking a different approach. He first revealed that Season Seven would be about the 2016 US election cycle in mid-February. He has since clarified and re-clarified his statements, and invited newcomers Billy Eichner and Billie Lourd to his established cast of Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. While speaking with E! Online on Saturday about his new series, Feud, Murphy shared even more details about what we should expect for the upcoming season. Here’s what he had to say!

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The Predator Delayed to Late Summer 2018

Fans of The Predator are going to have to wait a little longer to get to da choppa! Fox’s film, which is directed by Shane Black, was originally scheduled to hit theaters on February 9th, 2018. The Wrap reports that the release date has now been pushed back to August 3rd, 2018. No reason was given for this delay.

The Predator began principal photography on February 20th, 2017. Since then, major talent like Yvonne Strahovski and Edward James Olmos have been added to the cast. Those announcements rolled in up until March 27th… a full month after cameras started rolling. Usually the core cast of a film is secured before principal photography begins. Now, two months into production, the release date has been pushed back by five full months. No one has come out and said that the production on the film has been troubled, but all of these developments are starting to add up.

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Insidious: Chapter 4 Delayed Until January 2018

Unfortunately, Insidious fans are going to have to spend a little more time in The Further, waiting for Chapter 4 to hit theaters! Variety reports that the film has been pushed back from its planned October 20th, 2017 released date to make way for Universal Pictures’ and Sony Pictures’ “darkly comic” murder mystery, Half to Death. Apparently, the studios felt that moviegoers wouldn’t want to see two horror films during the Halloween season! Both films come from Blumhouse, hot off its massive success with Get Out.

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Lionsgate Acquires James Wan’s and Alexandre Aja’s New Thriller, Smart House

James Wan’s Saw and Alexandre Aja’s High Tension are two horror films which helped solidify Lionsgate as one of the premiere providers of edgy and intense new material in the early 2000’s, so it’s no wonder that the studio would be eager to work with these two filmmakers again on new material. That opportunity will soon be realized with today’s announcement that Lionsgate has acquired the rights to a new thriller entitled Smart House. Variety reports that the film is based on an original idea of James Wan, who will produce the film. Alexandre Aja will direct. 

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The X-Files to Return in Second Event Series in 2017-2018

We’ve got some good news for fans of Fox’s The X-Files who couldn’t get enough of the 10-episode revival series which ran in early 2016! After a long period of planning and scheduling, Indie Wire reports that Fox plans to bring back the series for another 10 episodes during its 2017-2018 television season. Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson are all set to return for the upcoming project, and production will begin as early as this summer.

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