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Sylvia Hoeks Joins Fede Alvarez’s ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

Anyone who recently witnessed Sylvia Hoeks’ performance as a psychotic replicant in Blade Runner 2049 knows that the actress is destined for much greater recognition and opportunities in the future.

And according to Variety, it also appears that director Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) agrees, as the Dutch actress is about to join his production of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  

Claire Foy (The Crown)will play Lisbeth Salander this time around, taking over for Rooney Mara. Hoeks will portray Lisbeth’s twin sister in the film, who at this time appears to be the antagonist of Spider’s Web. read more

Don’t Breathe Director Fede Alvarez to Create Film Set in Labyrinth Universe for TriStar

Jim Henson’s 1986 film, Labyrinth has been the subject of renewed interested as of late. Some of it is due to the film restoration and merchandise releases related to the movie’s 30th anniversary, and some of it is due to the unfortunate passing of David Bowie. Now’s a better time than ever for TriStar to renew the series, and Deadline reports that they’re planning to do just that. 

Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent, the announced Metal Gear Solid project) and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead (2013), Don’t Breathe) are currently working on The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony as writer and director, respectively. When that project concludes, the two will move on to work on a project which takes place in the magical world established in Labyrinth. Here’s what the studio had to say to Deadline about the project: 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

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

Too Much Horror Business: Box Office Winners and Losers of 2016

Although October 2016’s slate of horror films were at an all time low, this didn’t stop studios from making money at the your local cinema at other times of the year.  2016 was another profitable year for horror films, with the exception of a few high profile bombs. 

The undisputed horror box office champ was The Conjuring 2.  James Wan’s sequel to his 2013 film that showcased the further adventures of renowned ghost hunters, Ed and Loraine Warren, raked in $102.5 million domestically, and $320.2 million worldwide.  The largest foreign market happened to be Mexico, where the Conjuring 2 made $20.5 million.  Although the film was not the critical success of Wan’s first film, it appears like there is no stopping this franchise, whether Wan returns to the director’s chair or not. read more

Raimi, Alvarez, and Sayagues Announce Sequel to Don’t Breathe

At a press event designed to promote the blu-ray release of this past summer’s sleeper hit Don’t Breathe, the trio of filmmakers responsible for the film’s success announced that a sequel is already in the works.

Eric Eisenberg of Cinemablend covered the event and asked director Fede Alvarez about the status of the sequel, and Alvarez responded saying,”Don’t Breathe 2 is something we definitely want to do. The challenge obviously is — we just don’t want to do the same movie again, slap a “2” on it. We’ll feel so embarrassed if we do that. Our first reaction when they told us, ‘Do you want to do it?’ was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. That’s Hollywood! That’s the devil! We don’t want to make a sequel just because we can.’ But then we got an idea that we’re really excited about, and I won’t tell you what it is because it will spoil the whole thing.” read more

Horror Films Missing from Theater Schedules this October

Historically, horror films have always staked a claim on the month of October.  In a month dominated by Halloween decorations and haunted houses, the opportunity to see a horror film at you local multiplex has always been “par for the course” for horror fans.  If you are planning on continuing this October tradition, you may find your options severly limited this year when compared to Halloweens past.

Ouija: Origin of Evil is the only major studio, wide-release horror film that will debut this October.  This is in stark contrast to the October 2015 release list.  Last October saw the release of no less than five horror-themed films including: Crimson Peak, Goosebumps, The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension, and Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.  While the quality of these films varies greatly, the fact is that horror fans had a typically large selection of films to satisfy their Halloween cravings.   read more

Don’t Breathe Dominates Weekend Box Office With $26 Million Dollar Debut

New horror film Don’t Breathe shattered all studio expectations and predictions with estimates placing the film over $26 million for the weekend.

Studios predicted a conservative $11-12 million dollar debut, while prognosticators called for $15 million at the weekend box office.

Don’t Breathe ended Suicide Squad’s run as box office champ at the three week mark and looks to add to the total over the upcoming Labor Day weekend, which features no competition in the form of new, wide screen studio releases.  Don’t Breathe more than doubled Suicide Squad’s second place ranking, as DC Comics anti-hero team finished with an estimated $12 million in ticket sales. read more

Don’t Breathe Positioned to End Suicide Squad’s Box Office Run at Number One

The late summer, buzz-heavy horror film Don’t Breathe is currently tracking to defeat three week champ Suicide Squad at the box office this weekend.

According to Meriah Doty of the Wrap, Don’t Breathe (the second feature film directed by Fede Alvarez) is tracking at close to 13 million dollars, which should be enough to defeat Suicide Squad in its fourth weekend at the box office.

The film currently sits at 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and a creative advertising campaign targeting the youth market that fuels horror movie box office and the tech industry with a 10-second Snapchat video ad that allows users to access the full 90-second “Don’t Breathe” 360 degree video. read more

Savage New Red Band Trailer for Don’t Breathe Released

Don’t you ever judge a book by its cover, or for that matter judge a blind man an easy mark for three teen thugs! “Don’t Breathe,” which barrels into theaters August 26th, appears to teach you crazy kids a thing or two before you decide to invade someone’s home.

The film, stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, and Daniel Zovatto as the crew who suffers quite the punishment at the hands of their victim played by Stephen Lang. Lang, a veteran actor who has appeared in “Avatar,” “Tombstone,” and more recently as the sadistic Increase Mather in “Salem,” looks as menacing as any horror antihero we have seen in recent years.   Add this with the direction of Fede Alvaraz, best known for his direction of the “Evil Dead,” remake and you have a trailer which can only be described as twisted.  Have a peek below. read more