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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Adds Additional Cast and Starts Production

According to Deadline, Jordan Peele’s latest film, Us began production today in California. Prior to rolling, it was announced that Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon, and Noelle Sheldon have joined the cast.

The newcomers will join the previously announced Tim Heidecker, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss.

Peele’s Get Out exceeded expectations earning $255 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget. The film received 39 major nominations in 2018, winning 17 awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Can Us have the same success as Peele’s freshman feature? The top brass at Universal certainly hope so but only time will tell. read more

‘The Purge’ TV Series Trailer Asks “What is America?”

Have your ever wondered: “what is America?”  Well, the new trailer for the upcoming The Purge TV series has your answer!

The latest trailer was unveiled at SDCC this past weekend at a panel featuring producer Jason Blum, Purge creator James DeMonaco, director Anthony Hemingway, producer Brad Fuller, showrunner Tom Kelly, the First Purge star Lex Scott Davis and series stars Amanda Warren, Gabriel Chavarria and Fiona Dourif.

DeMonaco is excited to explore the world of the Purge to a greater degree in the TV series, stating that “Time is the biggest factor on a very practical level. We had 10 hours to explore things we couldn’t even attempt to do in the movie.  That gives us the real estate to get into characters more and use a flashback structure to go off purge. Here we go back five years before the purge,  3 months before the purge, 2 days before the purge. So we’ll see how this society exists within the purge landscape. It allows us to go deeper into the world and explore beyond the one night.” read more

James Wan and Jason Blum to Produce Killer Robot Doll Film ‘M3GAN’

James Wan may be getting a lot of attention for his upcoming DC Universe film Aquaman, but the man best known for scaring people with creepy dolls is back in the saddle with his new project M3GAN (and, you guessed it, it is about a terrifying doll that comes to life).  

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on the eve of SDCC 2018, where it was learned that Jason Blum and Wan will begin production of the film this fall.  Wan will not be directing the film and instead, “Gerard Johnstone, who directed the Australian horror movie Housebound, is on board to helm the project, which has a script by Akela Cooper, a writer-supervising producer who has worked on Luke Cage and American Horror Story.”  read more

First Images Released For the Upcoming ‘Halloween’ Reboot

If you’re jones-ing for some new Halloween reboot news, you are in luck.  Three new photos from the set have been released by Blumhouse Pictures, and they represent everything true Halloween fans were hoping for. These first glimpses from the set are glorious, and are a great teaser for the first official trailer due out at the end of this week.

Though most associated Danny McBride with the current project since he was the first to break the pre-production news, the Blumhouse Pictures reboot is filled with Hollywood heavyweights from the original film in 1978.  Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her iconic role as Laurie Strode, the brother of psychotic killer Michael Myers.  Original Michael actor Nick Castle returns, and legendary mastermind John Carpenter will executive produce the film as well as lend his unique talents to the final cut again as composer. read more

Production Begins on ‘Halloween’; Additional Cast Members Announced

It may only be January, but Halloween is right around the corner.  According to the “Halloweenmovies” official Twitter account (@Halloweenmovies), Saturday January 13th marked the official start of production on the new Halloween reboot.  Tagging production companies Blumhouse, Trancas Films and Miramax, the message also included announcements of new cast members that are now on board as well.  The tweet can be seen below.

The Halloween remake has caused quite a stir in the horror film community since being announced, unofficially, by comic actor Danny McBride (Aliens: Covenant) last February.  At the time, McBride revealed that he and David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) had been contracted to co-write the script by Jason Blum and that the new movie would pick up after the events of the original 1978 film (disregarding all sequels.)  Then John Carpenter, who was attached to the project as an executive producer, revealed that the new film would take place in “sort of an alternate reality.”  Plot points have been few and far between, but this latest news on the start of production and the new cast members are a welcome sign that Halloween is progressing. read more

An ‘Insidious’ and ‘Sinister’ Crossover May Happen According to Jason Blum

In an interview with CinePop, producer Jason Blum dropped a horror bombshell on the possibility of an Insidious/Sinister crossover. The head honcho at Blumhouse Production went on to state:

“I hope so, I want to. We almost did ‘Insidious’ and ‘Sinister’ and I still feel like we might do that, so I think so. I think we’re going to cross our worlds at some point. I don’t know how yet, but we’re going to try.”

Released in theater less than a week ago, Insidious: The Last Key, continues to impress at the box office already surpassing $50 million dollars. This chapter of the film continues the story of series heroine, Elise Rainier, portrayed once again by Lin Shaye, as she seeks to rid the world of demons. The latest movie is a prequel to the original film released in theaters on April 1, 2011. read more

Hulu Orders Horror Anthology From Blumhouse Television

Variety is reporting that Hulu has reached an agreement with Blumhouse Television to produce a monthly horror anthology.

According to the exclusive report, “The new series, part of the Hulu Originals slate, will deliver viewers 12 self-contained stories — a new episode premiering each month over one year. No writers or producers are yet attached to the project, and several creative details have yet to be settled.”

Hopefully the company will stay away from the American Horror Story structure, “But while the 12 episodes of the series’ first year are expected to function as standalone stories, some narrative device or structural device is expected to connect them.” read more

Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Will Not Speak in Upcoming Movie

As creator/director Todd McFarlane and horror mega-producer Jason Blum continue along on their new movie project based upon McFarlane’s Spawn comic book series, we are beginning to hear more and more about what the movie will be like. We already knew that the plan from the start is to create a hard-R rated film with strong horror elements on a low budget. Now, Todd McFarlane is starting to talk about what that might look like- or sound like- on the big screen. It turns out, Spawn won’t speak during the entire film! read more

Todd McFarlane Announces Partnership with Blumhouse to Produce R-Rated ‘Spawn’ Movie

Back in early May, Todd McFarlane announced to his fans that he’d pretty much finished a script for an R-rated movie based on his popular Spawn comic book series. At the time, he promised there would be more concrete news on the project in the coming months. Therefore, it’s no surprise that he took to San Diego Comic Con to unleash some big news… he’s partnered with Jason Blum of Blumhouse to bring the movie to a theater near you!

In a video published today by IMDb, McFarlane spoke with Kevin Smith about his plans for the film. He revealed that he will be producing the movie in partnership with Blumhouse, and that he will also direct the film. This will be McFarlane’s first project as a director of a feature film, but he has experience directing Pearl Jam, Korn, and Disturbed music videos in the late 90’s and 2000’s. He is intentionally aiming for a low budget with few special effects so he can retain creative control and deliver a darker and edgier flick than the typical superhero movie spinoff. In McFarlane’s own words, the new Spawn film will be “dark and gnarly and gritty.” read more

Kevin Bacon to Star in and Produce 8 Episode ‘Tremors’ Television Series for Syfy

Kevin Bacon has been talking about wanting to return to the world of Tremors in the form of a television series for over a year. Based on his recent, comments it sounds like this dream will soon become reality! He recently told Screen that Syfy has ordered a pilot episode for a planned eight episode series to be produced by Bacon and Jason Blum (InsidiousSplitWhiplash). 

Here’s what Bacon had to say about the development:

“We are going to do a pilot for Syfy… It’s the only character I’ve ever played that I was interested in exploring 25 years later. It is a really good movie… I don’t go back and watch my movies but because we were doing this one, I had to go back and look at it. It’s just the idea of this loser who is living a very ordinary life and has an extraordinary experience with these monsters and becomes, for a moment, a hero.” read more