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‘The Passage’ Coming to Fox in February 2019

The producers of Fox’s upcoming adaptation of James Cronin’s sci-fi vampire series The Passage announced today at the annual San Diego Comic Con that the series will premiere on the network in February 2019.

Attendees at the SDCC panel were able to see the first episode of the  upcoming new series,  followed by appearances from members of the cast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyaa Sidney, Henry Ian Cusick and Jamie McShane)  and the production team including showrunner Liz Heldens, director Jason Ensler, and Cronin. read more

Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ Coming to Hulu

According to the Hollywood Reporter, it appears that Anne Rice’s popular vampire saga may finally make its way to television screens courtesy of Hulu.

Hannibal and American Gods’ Bryan Fuller (who was going to serve as the showrunner on the series) recently left the project because he didn’t want to “… step on the toes of longtime friends Rice and her son, Christopher, who penned the original script.”

Anne and Christopher Rice will executive produce the potential series, along with Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin.
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content currently have an option for all 11 books from the Vampire Chronicles. read more

Sony Releases Trailer for ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’

In the middle of July, most people aren’t thinking of Halloween. But for some of us, those hot summer nights are merely a reminder that soon the air will turn crisp, the leaves will morph into beautiful autumn colors, and Halloween will be upon us. If that wasn’t enough, Sony just stoked the flames of excitement for the creepiest season of all with a new trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, based on the legendary books of R.L. Stine!

The clip opens with imagery from the first Goosebumps film, an it’s clear that the movie will follow the same concept of horror stories literally coming to life when the screen version of R.L. Stine’s books are unlocked. Speaking of “the screen version of R.L. Stine,” the role was previously played by Jack Black, who doesn’t appear in the clip at all. His participation in the film was never officially confirmed nor denied, so it’s possible he may appear in the movie in a secret cameo role than an official starring role. Evidently, the new film will focus on an entirely new cast of young actors, consisting of Caleel Harris, Madison Iseman, and Jeremy Ray Taylor in the three lead roles. read more

R.L. Stine to Create 4 Original Supernatural Horror Graphic Novels for Boom! Studios

Did you love R.L. Stine’s five-part Man-Thing graphic novel series? If so, I’ve got good news for you: the iconic Goosebumps and Fear Street author will be returning to the world of graphic novels in 2019!

The Hollywood Reporter just shared a press release from Boom! Studios which states that Stine will produce four original supernatural and horror graphic novels for the studio, and the first one will come out in the fall of 2019. The works are being described as “middle grade” literature, which means fans can expect the age range of these texts to skew closer to Fear Street than Goosebumps. read more

‘RetroFan’ Magazine: The Horror News Network Review

It’s not easy to launch a new magazine in today’s digital culture, so you better have some experience and foresight before getting into the business, and when that foresight is centered on the attractiveness of a magazine that celebrates the past, it works even better.

So if the past is your passion (particularly if you grew up in the 1960s, ’70s, or ’80s) you may be interested in TwoMorrow’s RetroFan Magazine. The magazine’s editor, Michael Eury, certainly brings a winning pedigree to RetroFan, as the founder and editor of Back Issue! Magazine (the preeminent publication for comic book fans and collectors of the same decades that RetroFan serves).  Eury’s mission, as stated in the editorial that opens the first issue, is to “explore pop-culture through insightful, nostalgic, and fun articles that provide the stories of the stuff that made our childhoods so special” and for the most part, Retro Fan does this to a tee. read more

Comic Legend Richard Corben: The Horror News Network Interview

Richard Corben’s influence on the comic medium, particularly in the realms of horror and science fiction, can not be understated.  Corben’s distinct style, either in color or black and white, inspired many of the generation of artists that came of age during the late 70s and 80s, discovering his artwork through comic magazines such as Creepy, Eerie, and Heavy Metal.  His unmistakable illustrations of tortured souls, physically perfect barbarians, and grotesque creatures continue to delight fans through many of the projects that the artist continues to produce. read more

Robert Zemeckis to Adapt ‘The Witches’ for Warner Brothers

According to Deadline Robert Zemeckis is in talks to write and direct a film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book The Witches. Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron are also said to be on board as producers of the film.

The Witches was a novel written by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake and published by Jonathan Cape in 1983. The story focuses on an eight-year-old British boy who goes to live with his Norwegian grandmother following the death of his parents. The boy learns that witches are real and they mean to kill human children. read more

Stephen King’s ‘Dr. Sleep’ Adaptation Scheduled for January 2020 Release

Warner Brothers Pictures announced today that Stephen King’s sequel to the Shining entitled Doctor Sleep will be released on January 24,  2020.

Doctor Sleep will be directed by Mike Flanagan, who is known for OculusHush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and the recent King adaptation Gerald’s Game.

Horror News Network’s John Evans covered Doctor Sleep way back in January, and described the story as “Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance, who is still suffering from his experiences as a young boy at the infamous Overlook Hotel. That’s where many of the most obvious connections to The Shining cease, as the majority of the novel is much more action-oriented and focused on Mr. Torrance’s conflict with a group of psychic vampires over the soul of young girl whose “shining” abilities are unparalleled. Whether Flanagan remains faithful to the text or decides to veer off in his own direction- like Kubrick did before him- remains to be seen. It’s worth noting, however, that Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game is recognized by fans as being closest to the source text of all of the recent movies based on King’s work.” read more

Hulu to Develop Wattpad’s ‘Light as a Feather’ Into Series

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

‘Sunglasses After Dark’ Author Nancy A. Collins: The Horror News Network Interview

There aren’t many writers that one can say defined a genre for a period of time, but when it came to the late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, Nancy A. Collins brand of urban fantasy and her goth-punk vampire Sonja Blue certainly did.

When Collins released Sunglasses After Dark in 1989, it brought a gritty realism and punk aesthetic to the previous staid and dignified vampire, and ushered in a whole new sub-culture of horror fiction.  The Bram Stoker Award Winner’s work influenced countless artists at the time, and her work is still admired by fans of horror novels and comic books worldwide. read more