It used to be that A-List actors and actresses only performed in a horror film or two on their way up to the top. Nowadays everyone wants in on the action, seeing as the genre has recently proven itself to be both lucrative and award-worthy. Two-time Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain will play the grown-up Beverly Marsh in 2019’s It: Chapter 2, and now it’s likely that she will star alongside Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne in an upcoming thriller based on one of the most lethal real-life serial killers of all time.
Rondo rides again. According to horror fiend Rob Zombie, by way of his Instagram account, veteran bad-ass Danny Trejo will reprise his role from The Devil’s Rejects for Zombie’s new film, 3 From Hell. Trejo joins an impressive list of actors already announced for the project, with new additions being announced by social media posts seemingly ever other day. Mr. Zombie’s post can be seen below.
Hell, currently shooting principal photography, will once again follow the infamous (and apparently bullet-dodging) Firefly Family as they terrorize and victimize innocent and unfortunate citizens. These folks, Otis, Baby and Captain Spaulding, were last seen crumpled over in a bloody heap through the windshield of a still-moving convertible under a hail of sheriffs’ bullets but appear to have survived. Since no other details have yet been provided by either Zombie or distributor Lionsgate, we’ve been left to assume that the three killers (Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley and Sid Haig will once again star) return from the dead to seek revenge. Trejo’s addition would then make sense, as Rondo was one of the hired guns that tracked down the trio for vigilante Sheriff Wydell in an act of retribution. Could DDP be far behind, as his character Billy Ray Snapper was Rondo’s partner. One can only hope… read more
Lionsgate is headed back to the wilderness with a new Blair Witch Project television series! The news broke with the announcement that the company has branded a new studio which will develop digital content based on original properties and some of Lionsgate’s hits of yesteryear.
Deadline reports that Studio L is currently working on feature films and episodic content in an effort to “hone in on millennials”… and millennials LOVE shaky-cams!
Studio L’s Executive Vice President, Seth Laderman, had this to say about his company’s programming: read more
Sam Raimi is known by horror fans for his infectious Evil Dead franchise and for supernatural hits like Drag Me to Hell. However, the influential director has been known to delve into science fiction and fantasy every once in a while, with films such as Spider-Man and Oz the Great and Powerful. Turns out, he’s headed for another mainstream hit in the form of a big screen adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ popular The Kingkiller Chronicle series of fantasy books.
Variety reports that Raimi will helm the production of the first film in a fledgling series for Lionsgate. Rothfuss’ first book in the literary series is titled, The Name of the Wind. The Kingkiller Chronicle features the story of Kvothe, a famous wizard, adventurer, and musician. Lin-Manuel Miranda signed with Lionsgate back in 2016 as a creative producer for the important musical element of the series. Miranda’s deal covers both film and television series based on The Kingkiller Chronicle franchise. Lindsey Beer, writer of the upcoming Chaos Walking, Barbie, and Godzilla vs. Kong motion pictures, has been hired to pen the screenplay for the film. read more
Fans have been excited about the upcoming Hellboy reboot, starring David Harbour of Stranger Things, since franchise creator Mike Mignola first teased an image of Harbour in full makeup back in early September. Today, we’re one step closer to the film being a reality! Lionsgate and Millennium have set the film’s theatrical release for January 11, 2019.
Traditionally, a January release date for a new movie was evidence that the studio did not have much faith in the quality of their product. January has typically been a notorious dumping ground for some of the worst films of all genres. Fortunately, the stigma associated with the month has recently begun to change as studios who have released good movies during the first month of the year have seen strong financial returns. In January of 2017, A Monster Calls and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split both exceeded expectations critically and financially. It turns out, people will pay to see good movies any month of the year, and they’ll stay home for bad ones! read more
The folks at Lionsgate have been very secretive about Jigsaw, the upcoming eighth film in their lucrative Saw movie franchise (For those keeping count, this one is a direct sequel to the uncomfortably-titled Saw 3D: The Final Chapter). For the longest time, we didn’t even know whether or not Tobin Bell would be returning to his famous role as John Kramer/The Jigsaw Killer. That all changes today because Lionsgate just released their first full length trailer for the movie!
We can tell right away that the movie will indeed focus on Bell’s John Kramer. While it’s still a mystery how he is participating in such an elaborate game of torture so long after his death, it’s clear that the mystery will be addressed with this movie. Based on some of the clips and the music selected for the trailer, Jigsaw appears to have a different tone from some of it’s earlier entries. I don’t want to call it a “lighter” tone, because one look at the trailer will convince you that this movie will obviously be just as grisly as its predecessors. But there might be a tongue-in-cheek element to this one that could lighten the gravity of all of the carnage and gore that the trailer promises. read more
Just when you thought torture porn was going the way of the buffalo, Lionsgate is hoping that you remember that the game is still on. The studio has released the first official poster for Jigsaw, the eight film in the Saw franchise and first since 2010’s Saw 3D: The Final Chapter. Star Tobin Bell, who plays Jigsaw/John in all of the previous movies (despite being deceased for most of them) also made the announcement via his Twitter account (below).
The poster, bearing the ominous tagline “Become Jigsaw”, features a familiar creepy mask on a black/grey background and oozing with eeriness. This will be the first stab at the popular horror franchise for directors Michael and Peter Speirig, who also co-directed the 2003 Australian zombie flick Undead. Much like Universal is currently doing with the Child’s Play films (Cult of Chucky due out on October 3rd), Lionsgate is hoping to revive a once-dominant slate of films that were seemingly released every year. read more
I hope nobody out there got “Saw: Legacy” tattoos in a fit of rabid anticipation of the film’s upcoming release this Halloween… it has a new title!
The folks behind the iconic franchise recently took to Twitter to announce the name change and reinforce its release date of October 27th, 2017:
— Saw (@SawMovie) June 21, 2017
The name change is likely Lionsgate’s way of showing audiences that the eighth entry in the franchise will focus heavily on Tobin Bell’s Jigsaw, the original villain of the series whose role was continuously reduced in later installments due to the studio regrettably killing him off too soon. read more
Horror Fans can’t catch a break with Warner Bros.’ Justice League Dark! First, the project was shelved when Guillermo Del Toro was initially attached as director. The studio breathed new excitement into the film by announcing that Doug Liman would take over directing duties, and Liman himself explained just two weeks ago that he would approach the film by channeling his inspiration from 1970’s horror classics like The Exorcist and The Omen. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be… Variety reports that he has officially exited the project! read more
James Wan’s Saw and Alexandre Aja’s High Tension are two horror films which helped solidify Lionsgate as one of the premiere providers of edgy and intense new material in the early 2000’s, so it’s no wonder that the studio would be eager to work with these two filmmakers again on new material. That opportunity will soon be realized with today’s announcement that Lionsgate has acquired the rights to a new thriller entitled Smart House. Variety reports that the film is based on an original idea of James Wan, who will produce the film. Alexandre Aja will direct. read more