Universal Releases Title and Poster for ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel

The sequel to 2015’s hugely successful Jurassic World hits theaters exactly one year from today. To celebrate, Universal took to Twitter to unveil the official title of the film and its teaser poster. You can view the reveal below in all of its glory:

So there you have it… Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom!

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for all of the details on Fallen Kingdom as they break!

Warner Bros. Releases New ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Featurette

Blade Runner 2049, the highly anticipated sequel to the 1982 Ridley Scott masterpiece is right around the corner! It launches in theaters on October 6th, 2017, but you can watch a brand new making-of featurette, courtesy of Warner Bros. Studios, today.

Entitled “Time to Live,” (a play on Roy Batty’s and Leon Kowalski’s famous line, “Time to die!” from the original film) the clip shines some light on the creative process of Scott, director Denis Villeneuve, and actors Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. In the video, art director Paul Inglis has this to say about the nostalgic-yet-original look of the new movie:

“It’s not just a replica of the first film. We’re marrying the familiar with the slightly divergent in order to give ourselves an identity.”

You can watch the entire clip below:

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more news on Blade Runner 2049 as it breaks!

David Harbour on ‘Stranger Things’: “Justice for Barb is a Big Thing in Season 2”

Something strange happened following the overwhelming success of last summer’s debut of Stranger Things on Netflix. While many fans were fascinated by the series’ addictive nostalgia, or its sharp blend of sci-fi and horror, or its ensemble cast of characters, a vocal group of viewers became obsessed with Shannon Purser’s Barb. The character appeared in a handful of scenes across four episodes, but some internet crusaders couldn’t get over the secondary character’s death and the lack of impact it had on the main story and its main characters. “Justice for Barb” memes could soon be found all over the internets, along with wild speculation that the character wasn’t dead, or that the second season would surely right the wrongs of its predecessor.

David Harbour, who plays Chief Hopper on the show, recently spoke to TV Guide about the “Barb phenomenon,” and how the show will be handling her legacy on its upcoming second season. Here’s what he had to say:

“Barb is clearly dead. But as a result, I think, of some of the fandom and also as a result of what we want to explore, justice for Barb is a big thing in Season 2. Barb was not given the justice she deserved in Season 1 because we were focused on Will and saving a child, but so we’ve realized from the fans that Barb is important, and so we are going to treat her with the respect that she deserves.”

So there you have it: now that the children have been saved, the show can move on to addressing more important matters! This example of a massively popular franchise responding to a portion of the fan community will surely bring hope to any Jurrassic Park fans who are hoping that Jurassic World 2 will finally seek justice for that lawyer who was eaten by the T. rex in 1993. He has a family, too, ya know!

Stranger Things Season Two will debut on Netflix this October. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more news on the series as it breaks!

Play as Halloween’s Michael Myers in “Dead by Daylight”

Dead by Daylight is not unfamiliar to hardcore gamers as it has already been available for Microsoft Windows OS for a year but today the game hits the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles as well.

An asymmetrical horror/survival game, Dead by Daylight pits up to four “survivors” against one “killer” who is tasked with tracking down and eliminating them all. The gameplay takes place in several locations that are based on the place that the killer calls home.

For horror fans who were psyched at the opportunity to play as Jason Voorhees in Gun Media & IllFonic’s Friday the 13th: The Game, Dead By Daylight has jumped into the mix by adding Michael Myers and Laurie Strode as playable characters in the all-too-familiar setting of Haddonfield but currently only in the Windows version (more on that below).

According to Mathieu Cote of Behaviour Interactive, “it’s based on the original movie. Michael is the ultimate stalker. So as opposed to all the other killers that we have, Michael sees you and he watches you. So the power of Michael grows as he’s stalking you. And at some point he will be able to build up that meter, that power, until he becomes evil incarnate.”

While the Halloween DLC is active in the Microsoft Windows version of Dead by Daylight, it is not yet ready for the console but I’m sure that adding this huge feature is on their short list of things to do.

Check out a trailer below and keep it locked to Horror News Network for updates on when the Michael Myers character will be playable in the console version.

Stay gory my friends.

 

Damon Lindelof in Talks to Bring ‘Watchmen’ to HBO

HBO, a network known for its dark and gritty television series like The Night OfTrue Detective, and Oz, may be adding an adaptation of the definitive dark and gritty graphic novel masterpiece, Watchmen, to its stable. Variety reports that the prolific screenwriter, Damon Lindelof, is in talks to develop an adaptation of the book into a television series for the premium network.

Created in 1986 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen has since become recognized as one of the finest and most influential graphic novels ever published; so it’s no wonder the network believes it is a strong property to adapt. HBO unsuccessfully attempted to develop a Watchmen television series back in 2014. Lindelof’s current project is said to be completely independent of that process. Lindelof’s previous work for HBO was on The Leftovers, which recently concluded. His previous screenwriting work includes science fiction and horror projects such as television’s Lost, and movies like PrometheusStar Trek Into Darkness, and World War Z.

Watchmen was adapted into a feature film in 2009 by director Zack Snyder. Given the typically long gestation period for HBO projects, it will likely be a full decade since that release before the television version ultimately premieres on the small screen.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more new on the HBO Watchmen series as it breaks!

 

Negan’s Origin Collected in ‘The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan!’ Hardcover Graphic Novel

Just in case you don’t have enough Negan in your life, Image Comics will release a hardcover collection entitled The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! featuring the titular villain’s origin this October.

The graphic novel by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard collects the original serialized Negan origin which initially ran as a bonus feature in Image+ (a Previews supplement featuring upcoming releases from the independent comic company).

The collection is set to be released one week early in comic stores on Wednesday, October 4th and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 10th, right around The Walking Dead’s return to television for its 8th season.

Remember to stay tuned to Horror News Network for all of your Walking Dead needs and check out the cover below.

Eli Roth and Jack Black to Adapt Children’s Book ‘The House With a Clock In Its Walls’ Into Movie

It’s common knowledge that showing your kids an Eli Roth movie would likely result in an immediate visit from Child Protective Services. That all changes with today’s announcement that the controversial director of such films as Hostel and The Green Inferno will be adapting a popular children’s book into a feature film! THR reports that Roth will be teaming up with Jack Black to bring John Belliers’ The House With a Clock In Its Walls to the silver screen. The script was written by Eric Kripke (the Supernatural television series), who will also be serving as a co-producer.

Here is the synopsis of the story, which can be found on the back cover of Belliers’ book:

“When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan, comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman, are both witches! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watching magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a time-piece into the walls – a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!”

While this announcement may seem unusual to fans of Roth’s work, it isn’t atypical in the grand scheme of things. Children’s programming can be a highly lucrative opportunity for directors who typically direct R-Rated features. Robert Rodriguez famously made a fortune shooting Spy Kids movies in between the likes of From Dusk Till Dawn and Sin City; and Martin Scorsese happily directed Hugo just before turning his attention to The Wolf of Wall Street.

Jack Black already has experience working on a feature film based upon popular literature for children. In 2015, he starred in a movie adaptation of R.L. Stine’s legendary Goosebumps series of novellas.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on The House With a Clock In Its Walls as it breaks!

Creators of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ to Develop New ‘Dracula’ Series for Television

The future of Universal’s “Dark Universe” franchise is currently uncertain following the lukewarm release of The Mummy in theaters; but fans of one of the most popular classic monsters may soon be able to get their fix on the small screen! Variety reports that the team behind the hit BBC series, Sherlock, are reuniting to develop a television series based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula. The series will follow Sherlock’s pattern of a collection of feature-length episodes making up a larger miniseries run.

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will write the series. Sue Vertue of Hartswood Films will produce the series, and international partners to share in production duties will be announced in the future. The creators are currently in talks with BBC for broadcasting rights in the United Kingdom.

Sherlock was universally praised by fans and critics for its intelligent and engaging storytelling; and it served as a stepping stone for its stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, to move on to starring roles in massive and lucrative Hollywood blockbuster films. Hopefully the casting of characters for Dracula will have as great of an impact on the franchise and on the industry as its predecessor did.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on the new Dracula television series as they break!

Warner Bros. Releases Second Official Trailer for ‘Annabelle: Creation’

Warner Bros. studio have begun building hype for this summer’s Annabelle: Creation by screening the film for early critical reviews and releasing a new trailer for public consumption.

2014’s Annabelle was never a critical darling. It earned a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score of just 29%. This time, the studio attempted to “have its cake and eat it too” by hiring David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) to direct the picture. Based on the early reviews, this decision may have slightly improved the quality of the franchise. Variety opined, “Despite being stuck with a lame script, Lights Out director David F. Sandberg manages to conjure some effective scares in New Line’s demon-doll prequel.” Still not great, but certainly better than before!

But where Annabelle has lacked in critical clout, it more than made up for in dollar signs… the first movie earned nearly $257 million worldwide on a measly budget of $6.5 million! Therefore, it makes sense for Warner Bros. to continue to reach out directly to their fanbase with more footage to build excitement over the movie’s upcoming release. You can watch the entire new trailer below:

Annabelle: Creation hits theaters on August 11th, 2017. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on this film and other spinoffs of The Conjuring as they break!

Dark Horse Comics to Release Chuck Palahniuk’s First Coloring Book Novella ‘Legacy’

Adult coloring books are more popular than ever (I’m not sure if they were ever popular before, but they are now).

Following this trend, with a notable twist, Dark Horse Comics announced today that they will be releasing Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s first coloring book novella entitled Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color.

According to the author, the combination novella and coloring book is as “…if Joseph Campbell produced a coloring book.” He went on to say that the “Legacy will be one part Art Bell, one part Carl Jung, part George Noory, and right brain from cover to cover.  All cultures have their myths about attaining immortality, but Dark Horse, Mike, Steve and I are the first to slap such high culture anthropology into the low culture world of coloring.”

Legacy will feature artwork “for you to color” by “Mike Norton, the creator of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning webcomic Battlepug, and Steve Morris, who’s best known for his art for Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books.”

This isn’t Palahniuk’s first foray into the world of coloring books.  In October of 2016, Dark Horse released Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color which also happened to be Palahniuk’s second short story collection (after 2015’s Make Something Up).

Legacy will be available in finer book stores and comic book shops on November 7, 2017.