2015’s Goosebumps movie, based on the legendary series of children’s horror books by R.L. Stine, received a largely positive critical reaction and enjoyed mild success at the box office (it earned a worldwide sum of $$150.17 million against a production budget of $58 million). While it didn’t make as big of a splash as some folks may have liked, there remains a large and devoted fanbase who cite R.L. Stine’s work as one of the inspirations that got them into the horror genre when they were youngsters. According to today’s news, we will soon see much more of Stine’s literary work on the big screen in the near future!
With only a couple of months left before its September 29th premiere date, we are beginning to learn more and more about the elusive plot, setting, and characters of Fox’s The Exorcist Season Two. We knew early on that Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera’s demon-battling priests would be moving on from the Rance family and it’s matriarch, played by Geena Davis. With today’s news, we have a better idea of where they’ll be heading. Deadline reports that John Cho has joined the cast for Season Two, and he will be filling a major role which will take the series in a new direction. Fans know Cho for his work in the current Star Trek theatrical series and his character, Harold, of the Harold & Kumar series of comedy films. read more
In the entertainment industry, it seems that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same! In the same summer where Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman became the highest-grossing live action film to be directed by a woman and Sofia Coppola became the second woman ever to win “Best Director” at Cannes Film Festival, The Washington Post just reported that the writers room for the upcoming season of Fox’s The X-Files consists entirely of male writers.
This isn’t the first time that the show has been associated with gender inequity. When The X-Files first returned to the airwaves in 2016, Gillian Anderson revealed that she had initially been offered half of what her male co-star, David Duchovny was offered to return to the series. Fortunately, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Anderson and Duchovny ultimately earned equal pay for the event series after concluding negotiations. read more
After narrowly escaping cancellation, Fox’s stellar The Exorcist television series is finally entering production on Season Two! We’ve already learned that there will be a major shakeup in the cast next season (No Geena Davis; no Rance family), and now we have a better idea of who will be involved with the project and when it will air.
Fox has announced that The Exorcist Season Two will premiere on Friday, September 29th, 2017. The show also aired on Friday night last year, which likely contributed to its difficulty in netting a higher viewership than the smaller, but very passionate, following it developed. Fox is doing the series no favors by keeping it on Fridays this season as well. On the other hand, last year’s gossip suggested that the show was able to get away for more visceral and questionable content because of it’s low profile time slot. So long as Fox continues to support the series based on on its creative merits rather than an unreasonable expectation for ratings despite the time that it airs, this could be a win-win for everyone. read more
Many horror fans were pleased when Fox announced that the Exorcist would be receiving a second season order. It was also hinted at in the finale that the focus of the show would switch to another family or case.
TV Line recently confirmed this switch, reporting that series regulars Alfonso Herrera, Kurt Egyiawan, and Ben Daniels would return to investigate another demonic case, but that the Rance family would not, meaning that Geena Davis, Alan Ruck, Hannah Kasulka and Brianne Howey would not be returning as official cast members. read more
Fox’s Scream Queens will not experience the same miraculous renewal that The Exorcist received on Friday. Fox co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman confirmed the news this morning on a conference call, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Here’s what Newman had to say:
Scream Queens was an anthological series. It feels as if it was a compete story. We have no plans at this point to go back there and tell more stories so we won’t be seeing Scream Queens this season.”
This statement contradicts the fact that Season Two ended with a surprise cliffhanger, which will never be resolved at this point. Jamie Lee Curtis took to Twitter to thank fans of the franchise and offer this tongue-in-cheeck resolution to the series: read more
With Fox’s 2017 Upfronts just days away, the uncertain futures of a trio of horror television shows have been the source of speculation and uncertainty. On May 9th, Fox cancelled Sleepy Hollow after four seasons. The future of Scream Queens is still unknown. But today came arguably the most important confirmation for the 2017 season: The Exorcist has been renewed for Season Two!
While the show’s ratings have never been fantastic, it gained a strong following of dedicated viewers who found it to be one of the smartest horror shows on television. Fans and horror sites alike (including this one) mobilized fan campaigns to beg Fox for a renewal, but the network remained quiet about the future of the series for nearly five months. read more
In 2012, Fox took a very conservative approach to marketing its $130 million project, Prometheus. Loosely based on it’s Alien mega-franchise, the studio put its faith in Ridley Scott’s ability to subtly thread connections between the film and the original source material. Before the movie launched, very little was known about the plot; and when it came out many fans ultimately yearned for more direct connections to Alien. All of that subtlety didn’t work out… the movie’s domestic box office totaled $126 million. Therefore, Fox has chosen to market this summer’s Alien: Covenant with the subtlety of a belly flopper shot out of a cannon! read more
Fans of The Predator are going to have to wait a little longer to get to da choppa! Fox’s film, which is directed by Shane Black, was originally scheduled to hit theaters on February 9th, 2018. The Wrap reports that the release date has now been pushed back to August 3rd, 2018. No reason was given for this delay.
The Predator began principal photography on February 20th, 2017. Since then, major talent like Yvonne Strahovski and Edward James Olmos have been added to the cast. Those announcements rolled in up until March 27th… a full month after cameras started rolling. Usually the core cast of a film is secured before principal photography begins. Now, two months into production, the release date has been pushed back by five full months. No one has come out and said that the production on the film has been troubled, but all of these developments are starting to add up. read more
We’ve got some good news for fans of Fox’s The X-Files who couldn’t get enough of the 10-episode revival series which ran in early 2016! After a long period of planning and scheduling, Indie Wire reports that Fox plans to bring back the series for another 10 episodes during its 2017-2018 television season. Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson are all set to return for the upcoming project, and production will begin as early as this summer.
Here’s what Fox Broadcasting Company’s President, David Madden, had to say about the new series: read more