In one of the more bizarre news items to penetrate the horror community in quite some time, an actress and her friend were kidnapped and held for ransom on May 3rd. For the next two days, the duo were subjected to several forms of torture while the captors demanded and arranged for payment. And in a twist that feels right at home in today’s social climate, a picture and moment connected to the aftermath of the kidnapping went viral as social media lurkers blasted the LAPD unnecessarily on various internet channels. It’s a development worthy of the Hollywood big-screen treatment.
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Fresh off of his unorthodox portrayal of The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Oscar winner Jared Leto is going back to the comic book well once again. Leto has signed on to tackle the role of Spider-Man villain/anti-hero Morbius in the upcoming Sony film of the same name. This film is Sony’s latest attempt to spin-off of Spidey’s popularity with a feature film based on a secondary character. The studio teamed up with Marvel Comics earlier this year with the release of the Tom Hardy vehicle Venom. read more read more
What would another week in pop culture be without a Jordan Peele-project update? This week it involves the HBO drama Lovecraft Country, in which Peele will produce along with heavyweights like screenwriter Misha Green, J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and many others. It was just announced over at Deadline that award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance has been added to an impressive cast that already includes Elizabeth Debicki (The Cloverfield Paradox), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood) and Aunjanue Ellis (The Birth of a Nation.) read more read more
Perhaps Jordan Peele is serious about not acting anymore? Following the sketch comedy veteran’s wildly successful directorial debut (2017’s box office smash Get Out), Peele apparently now has his sights set on tackling a cult 90’s cartoon. According to a recent edition of The Ankler newsletter, industry writer Richard Rushfield reveals that Peele is reportedly considering a run at the movie version of the 1990s cult animated series Gargoyles. This would appear to be an odd choice for a director who is fresh off an Oscar win, but not altogether surprising based on his track record. read more read more
If you’re jones-ing for some new Halloween reboot news, you are in luck. Three new photos from the set have been released by Blumhouse Pictures, and they represent everything true Halloween fans were hoping for. These first glimpses from the set are glorious, and are a great teaser for the first official trailer due out at the end of this week.
Though most associated Danny McBride with the current project since he was the first to break the pre-production news, the Blumhouse Pictures reboot is filled with Hollywood heavyweights from the original film in 1978. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her iconic role as Laurie Strode, the brother of psychotic killer Michael Myers. Original Michael actor Nick Castle returns, and legendary mastermind John Carpenter will executive produce the film as well as lend his unique talents to the final cut again as composer. read more read more
It appears that a long-rumored cinematic reboot of a beloved comic book is on the verge of finally happening, and that an Academy Award winner will be headlining the cast. According to an exclusive report from Deadline, artist/toy magnate/historical baseball dealer Todd McFarlane has selected Jamie Foxx to play the part of the title character in the upcoming production of Spawn. Based on the immensely-popular comic book series created by McFarlane in 1992, this version of Spawn will be the second theatrical release of the comic saga following 1997’s film distributed by New Line Cinema. This time around, McFarlane will produce the movie with Blumhouse Productions. read more read more
With Netflix leading the charge, the online streaming services continue to conquer the new entertainment landscape. According to the folks over at Deadline, Guillermo del Toro, already the creator of the Emmy-winning Netflix animated series DreamWorks Trollhunters, will venture into the live-action world with the network as well. The network has given the green-light to Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, which represents their first stab at an original horror anthology series. read more
The streaming services continue to break new ground in this brave new world. According to Deadline, Hulu will be developing the supernatural thriller Light as a Feather into a 10-episode straight-to-series project. This continues the trend of media and television outlets discovering interesting content and projects from outside of the normal platforms of entertainment.
Light as a Feather is an adaptation of the online story Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board by writer Zoe Aarsen. It was originally published on Wattpad, which is a social collaboration website that allows young and unknown writers to produce their own content. Feather follows five teenagers attending a sleepover, where an innocent game of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board turns into a nightmare in which one-by-one the girls begin dying exactly as the game dictates. They are forced to question their own place in the scenario, and whether or not the evil actually lurks among them. The series is a joint-venture between not only Wattpad and Hulu, but also Grammnet (Kelsey Grammar’s production company) and AwesomenessTV. read more read more
Following the smashing box office success of 2017’s Blumhouse Production Happy Death Day, the inevitable sequel is starting to round into shape. After raking in close to $115 million on an estimated $4.8 million budget, the sequel will see the main players return to their roles while adding new cast-members around them. This is welcome news for horror fans, as we now have a chance to relive the ghoulishness of the first movie with all-new details, much like the premise of the original film. read more read more
Fans of the Puppet Master film franchise have reason to be happy. RLJE Films has just announced that it has acquired all North American rights to the latest installment in the cult series, titled Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. The film blends in a delicate balance of horror and humor, and boasts an impressive stable of actors, producers and recognizable genre contributors. Perhaps the greatest connection for old-school horror fans is the movie’s tie-in with the resurrection of Fangoria Magazine. It is being produced for Cinestate, the southern entertainment company who recently acquired Fangoria Magazine. This represents the first project to be released under the newly-revived Fangoria label. read more read more