Jeremy Slater, Showrunner of The Exorcist, Provides Brief Update on Status of Season Two

Things have been awfully quiet since Season One of Fox’s The Exorcist concluded. Fans and critics who fell in love with the series over the course of its first ten episodes have been waiting with baited breath for any news about whether showrunner Jeremy Slater will be given a second season to continue his masterful work on the series. While nothing is set in stone, Slater recently revealed a brief sign of hope.

In response to a fan mistakenly mourning the cancellation of the series, Slater responded with the tweet below: read more

Shin Godzilla Finishes Second in Yearly Japanese Box Office

With the announcement of Godzilla 2’s director being named this week (Michael Dougherty),the upcoming release of Kong: Skull Island in early March, and an upcoming Rampage film in the works,  it is clear that people all over the world still get excited about giant monsters.

The homeland of the “King of Monsters” is no different as Shin Godzilla finished second in overall box office returns for 2016 in Japan.  Shin Godzilla (also known as Godzilla Resurgence) finished second only to Anime sensation Your Name in terms of ticket sales, ending with $75,398,709 at the Japanese box office.  It was also the highest grossing Godzilla film in the history of the character in Japan. read more

Image Comics to Release Doug Wagner’s Plastic

Image Comics announced today that it has a new horror comic coming in April from writer Doug Wagner and artists Daniel Hillyard and Laura Martin called “Plastic.” Although the press release lists it as a crime series, the book is about a retired serial killer who is forced to kill again to save the woman he loves. What makes this book stand out is that the woman he loves is a doll named Virginia.

Wagner said in an interview with Image+ Magazine “Some people are going to HATE it. But, for those who embrace the strange as beautiful, you’re in for one hell of a disturbingly glorious ride.” read more

Horror Movies Are Secretly Saving Hollywood’s Major Film Studios

What do four of the six highest grossing major film studios of 2016 have in common? They each released a horror film that made enough money to compensate for another big budget box office flop on their roster.

Hollywood accounting is “creative” to say the least, but the general rule of thumb is that a tentpole film needs to earn two times its estimated budget worldwide in order to outweigh production and marketing expenses and begin to make money.

According to Box Office Mojo, Sony’s The Magnificent Seven earned approximately $160.4 million on an estimated budget of $90 million. Ghostbusters (2016) earned approximately $229 million on an estimated budget of $144 million.  read more

Different Walking Dead Producers Say Violence Was NOT Toned Down After Season Seven Fan Backlash

Godzilla 2 to be Written and Directed by Michael Dougherty

Horror News Network reported in October that Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty would write the next installment in the Godzilla reboot, but Variety has reported today that he will also direct Godzilla 2.

Godzilla 2 will not only serve as the sequel to the successful reboot, but it will also  lead to a highly anticipated  rematch between King Kong and Godzilla in 2020. Variety’s Justin Kroll explained how this “Mega-Monster Universe” took shape when “In October 2015, Legendary and Warner Bros. made a joint announcement that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” films would be developed by Legendary and distributed by Warner Bros., starting with Kong: Skull Island in March (3/10/17). Legendary currently holds a distribution deal with Universal, but in order to re-team Godzilla and King Kong, Legendary decided to send the rights back over to Warner Bros. to be able to create this new “ecosystem” of giant super-species, both classic and new.” read more

Split Finishes Number One at Weekend Box Office with $40 Million Dollar Take

According to Variety, Split, the psychological horror thriller by M. Night Shyamalan, finished first at the box office with $40.2 million in ticket sales, exceeding industry estimates by roughly $20 million dollars.

Shyamalan has become a director who can once again turn a profit for studios after a pair of disasterous big budget failures in the form of After Earth and Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Things got so bad for the formerly trendy director, that Shyamalan even took a break from directing to write a book about school reform entitled I Got Schooled, hoping to cash in on the state and federal money available to would-be “saviors” of education. read more

James Cameron to Return to Terminator Franchise with Deadpool Director, Tim Miller

Deadline has reported that the legendary James Cameron will return to the Terminator franchise with a “reboot and conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.” In 2019, Cameron will regain certain rights to the franchise due to a copyright reversion which will occur 35 years after the release of the original 1984 film. This allows him to return to his creation with greater creative control (and greater profits) than ever before.

Cameron is reportedly in early talks with Deadpool director, Tim Miller, to direct the film. Miller is also known for visual effects work on blockbuster video games and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. read more

Sony Considering Sale of Film and TV Businesses After Difficult Year

The New York Post has reported that Tokyo’s Sony Corporation is “listening to bank pitches about a potential sale of its film and TV operations.”

Several sources told The Post that numerous banks have been visiting Sony offices with pitches. The article speculates that because Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has not filled outgoing Sony Entertainment boss Michael Lynton’s position despite the ample notice of Lynton’s departure, there may not be a position to fill.

This news is not entirely surprising. According to Box Office Mojo, Sony/Columbia was the fifth highest earning major studio in 2016, with a market share of just 8% when accounting for all 22 films they released during the year. To put that into perspective, 20th Century Fox and Universal each released 17 films in 2016, and each studio had a market share of 12.9% and 12.4%, respectively. Buena Vista released just 13 movies in 2016, but it held an impressive 26.3% of the market share. read more

Image Comics Announces New Cullen Bunn Series Regression

Image Comics announced today that noted comic scribe, and 2016’s Horror News Network’s Comic Awards writer of the year, Cullen Bunn will write his first comic for the company entitled Regression.

Regression is, according to the official Image Comics press release, a horror tale that follows the life of, “Adrian, a man tormented by ghastly waking nightmares. Pushed to a point of desperation, Adrian reluctantly turns to past life regression hypnotherapy as a means of understanding and treating the unwanted visions. When his consciousness is cast back through time, Adrian witnesses a scene of horrific debauchery and diabolism before waking up.” read more