Tom Hardy to Star as Venom in Spider-Man Spinoff, Ruben Fleishner to Direct

Sony has announced big news today for Spider-Man fans who still can’t wash the taste of Topher Grace as Venom out of their mouths: the symbiotic menace will be played by Tom Hardy in the upcoming spinoff film!

Viewers know the always-intense, always-charismatic Tom Hardy for his memorable roles as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road, James Keziah Delaney in Taboo, and Charles Bronson in Bronson. The intensity he brings to his characters is legendary, and it should translate well to the notorious supervillain.

Sony Pictures posted this image of Hardy in a snug fitting Venom shirt on  Twitter to celebrate the occasion:

So many ripples!

In addition to this exciting casting decision, Variety reports that Ruben Fleishner (Zombieland) will direct the film. The studio is sending a clear message that it cares about the quality of the film based on the talent they’ve selected so far. Hopefully this project will perform better than Sony’s Spider-Man projects over the past several years.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on Venom as they break!

Twiztid to Bring Astronomicon to Detroit in 2018

Horror-core icons Twiztid, who recently started up their own record label (MNE Records), just announced that they’re ready to conquer the convention world as well.  In a video posted to their Facebook page, Jamie Madrox and Monoxide announced that on the weekend of February 9-11, 2018, the Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, MI will host Astronomicon.  This con, while still being heavy on the juggalo love, will be a celebration of all pop culture in a family environment.

 
Twiztid’s love of all things horror will be respresented at Astronomicon, as the first three confirmed celebrity guests are Mick Foley (Big Money Hustlas), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects), and Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet).  While the Detroit area is home to the annual Motor City Comic Con (happening this weekend in Novi), this convention will be considerably more dark and horror-filled than its counterpart.  Astronomicon will not be an answer to the Gathering of the Juggalos (happening July 26-29 in Oklahoma City, OK), which was a concern following Twiztid’s social media-heavy recent split with ICP’s Psychopathic Records.  This will be more in line with Wizard World or MonsterMania.

 
Twiztid promise many more guest announcements in the coming months, and have set up a website (www.astronomicon.com) to keep fans and attendees up to date. But stay tuned to HNN as well for any news on this brand new con as it breaks!

 

 

Netflix to Develop ‘The Witcher’ TV Series

Streaming supergiant Netflix continues to acquire foreign properties with the intent on producing a global juggernaut. Deadline is reporting that Netflix will be producing an English-language drama series based on the saga The Witcher, from Poland’s Andrzej Sapkowski. Following in the steps of other shows green-lit for production recently in the international landscape (France’s Marseille, Japan’s Hibana: Spark/Hibana, among others), The Witcher will be given a first-season run with hopes of others to follow.

Sapkowski’s eight novels, known together as the Witcher Saga, focus on people that develop supernatural powers in their childhood that allow them to battle monsters and other threats later in life. These people, known as “witchers”, and their adventures will be the focus of the show. The novels have grown into an international phenomenon and have spawned a video game franchise as well. Joining Sapkowski (who will be a consultant) on the project will be executive producers Jason Brown (The Expanse) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise, Village of the Damned), along with Polish production company Platige Image’s Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko.

“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

No details have yet been released regarding when The Witcher will begin filming, but it’s expected to be later this year. Stay tuned to HNN for any further updates on Netflix’s The Witcher series!

 

King Kong Musical Headed to Broadway in Fall of 2018

A musical based on King Kong will debut in late 2018 according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The musical has a number of acclaimed artists attached to the project, such as writer “… Jack Thorne, who won the Olivier Award for Best Play for penning the West End hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He also wrote the critically acclaimed play Let the Right One In. The score is composed by Marius de Vries (a contributor to the films La La Land, Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet) with songs by Eddie Perfect, composer and lyricist of the Broadway-bound Beetlejuice and Strictly Ballroom The Musical.”

The musical will be directed by “Drew McOnie, an Olivier winner for the London production of In the Heights who also helmed Jesus Christ Superstar and Strictly Ballroom The Musical, is directing and choreographing the show. The production will open in the Shubert space after the current limited engagement of Miss Saigon.”

The big ape will come to life thanks to “…a combination of animatronics and puppetry developed by creature designer Sonny Tilders, as similarly executed in the Walking With Dinosaurs and How to Train Your Dragon arena shows.”  Most important to classic horror/monster fans is the fact that “The stage show is based on the novel of the original 1933 screenplay by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace, and is described as ‘a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast.’ It is authorized by the Merian C. Cooper Estate.”

Broadway has a bit of a hit and miss record with horror-based musicals.  For every Little Shop of Horrors or The Rocky Horror Picture Show, there are “less successful” adaptations such as Carrie: The Musical and Jekyll and Hyde.  Let’s hope “the big gorilla” gets his due on “the Great White Way”, close to his famous resting place: the base of the Empire State Building.

Stay tuned to the Horror News Network for further information about King Kong the musical and everything else in the world of horror.

 

 

 

Zac Efron to Portray Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Variety is reporting that Zac Efron will portray infamous serial killer Ted Bundy in director Joe Berlinger’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

The film is set to begin shooting on October 9th, 2017 and producer Nicholas Chartier was excited to sign Efron for the role, stating that “I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time. From his dramatic turn in Paperboy to his hilarious performance in Neighbors, he continues to impress audiences and critics alike with his extraordinary versatility and range. We couldn’t be more excited to see him in this amazing role.”

Not much information is known about the film at this time other than that it is primarily focused on the “…dysfunctional relationship between Bundy and his long-time girlfriend Liz.”

This will be director Joe Belinger’s first major theatrical film, as he is best known for his documentary work including his three part Paradise Lost film series detailing “the West Memphis Three” case and the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster.   

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more casting news about Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot to Produce ‘Lovecraft Country’ for HBO

Jordan Peele went from being a comic genius to horror mastermind overnight with the unbelievable critical and financial performance of Get Out. Since the success of that picture, there have been reports that Peele would continue to move towards more horror and suspense projects. We learned today that in addition to his other planned directorial projects, Peele will co-produce another horror/suspense story which will examine race in America.

Deadline reports that Peele, Misha Green (writer/producer of Underground), and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot company will produce an HBO series based on Matt Ruff’s novel, Lovecraft Country. Here’s how Harper, the book’s publisher, describe’s Ruff’s work:

“The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.”

This news should be exciting for anyone who has seen Peele explore similar motifs and themes in Get Out! The extended platform of an HBO series should allow for more creative opportunities for Peele and his collaborators to dig deeper into this style and quality of storytelling with Lovecraft Country.

Here’s what Misha Green had to say about this upcoming collaboration:

“When I first read Lovecraft Country I knew it had the potential to be unlike anything else on television. Jordan, J.J., Bad Robot, Warner Bros. and HBO are all in the business of pushing the limits when it comes to storytelling, and I am beyond thrilled to be working with them on this project.”

 Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on HBO’s Lovecraft Country as it breaks!

Final Trailer Revealed for War for the Planet of the Apes

20th Century Fox has just revealed the final trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes.

Set to debut in theaters on July 14, the third chapter of the Apes franchise pits Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow apes against The Colonel (Woody Harrelson) and his army of humans. Each side battles for control of planet Earth where only one species can come out on top.

Matt Reeves, who found success with the 2008 shaky-cam monster movie Cloverfield, returns to the director’s chair for the second time in the Apes universe with this film.

War of the Planet of the Apes stars Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis, Judy Greer and Karin Konoval.

Keep it here for more news on War for the Planet of the Apes as it becomes available.

 

 

 

Trailer Released for The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium

Fans of horror comics have been following Alan Robert’s work for many years now. Whenever you think he has done it all, he comes up with something else ground-breaking and exciting. Lately, Robert has been focusing on “The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium – Another GOREgeous Coloring Book,” the follow up to his previous #1 best-selling adult coloring book which will be available September 12, 2017.

Not one to rest with merely the creation of the new book, Robert has written and produced a GOREgeous trailer for it. The trailer production team includes director Robert Hall (Teen Wolf TV Series, Laid to Rest, Chromeskull) and Director of Photography Brandon Trost (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, Ghost Rider 2, Crank: High Voltage) with makeup effects by Hall’s Almost Human FX Shop (Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf). Additional members of the team include Nick Principe (American Muscle, Chromeskull) and Josh Petrino (Contracted, Hatchet III) with voice narration by Jane Dashow (Law and Order, Homeland). The trailer was Executive Produced by IDW Publishing.

Synopsis: Following up his #1 best-selling coloring book The Beauty of Horror, creator Alan Robert returns with volume two in the series – The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium – Another GOREgeous Coloring Book. Everyone’s favorite undead girl Ghouliana mischievously attempts to trick budding colorists into unleashing her deadly spell. Try and find the missing ingredients she’s sprinkled throughout Robert’s intricate pen and ink illustrations before it’s too late!

Jill Sixx’s “The Stylist” Gets Blu-Ray Release

Sixx Tape Productions is set to release the 2016 Etheria Film Night Jury and Audience Choice-winner on Blu-ray, and the presale has begun on SixxTape.com. Preorder it HERE.

This “tale of insecurity, sorry, and envy” from director Jill Gevargizian is both “singular and distinct” (Starburst Magazine). Najarra Townsend (Contracted) stars as Claire, a manic hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the day arrives with the request to look perfect, it slowly becomes clear that Claire has much darker intentions. Townsend’s captivating, emotionally driven performance has won multiple awards, including Best Actress at Fantastic Fest 2016 and Monster Fest 2016.

The Blu-ray is packed with special features including multiple commentaries from the cast and crew. It also includes the debut short film collaboration from Gevargizian and writer Eric Havens, Call Girl, starring genre favorites Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede Franchise) and Tristan Risk (American Mary, The Editor).

Presale orders are expected to ship this June. The short film is currently streaming on Shudder, and will soon become available on Video On Demand.

 

Stay gory my friends.

Whole Lotta “Purge” Going On

One night out of the year, law does not exist and people are free to roam the streets and commit any act of depravity that they can think of but, what happens the other 364 days of the year? How does the “purge” law affect society on a daily basis?

Well, according to what Blumhouse head-honcho Jason Blum told Deadline, that is one of the very things that we’ll find out in the upcoming Purge television series that is set to run on both USA Network and Syfy in 2018 alongside the next Purge movie. Both are to be written, directed and executive produced by series creator James DeMonaco.

Will this be overkill for the wildly popular Purge franchise? It’s hard to say as some horror franchises can do well on television (The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, etc.) while others don’t seem to last (see: Scream Queens).

Stick with us at Horror News Network as we’ll follow and report on this story as it develops.

 

Stay gory my friends.