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‘Chaos Walking’ Gets Release Date

After almost three years in development hell, Chaos Walking starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) now has a release date set for January 22, 2021 by Lionsgate.

Principle photography under director Doug Liman was completed in November ’17 and in the years since has lingered due to extensive re-shoots that were challenging due to the stars’ busy schedules. The re-shoots, which commenced in April 2019 with Fede Álvarez directing them, lasted through May of that year and added an additional $15 million to the film’s budget. read more

Seth Rogen to Adapt ‘Memetic’ for Lionsgate

Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate has picked up a spec script of Memetic from Seth Rogen’s production company Point Grey. Mattson Tomlin who co-wrote the upcoming Batman movie will be handling the script.

Released in 2014 by Boom! Studios, Memetic was written by James Tynion IV with art by Eryk Donovan. The story is about a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet, a “meme” in the popular sense. A meme that changes everything. read more

Lionsgate in Final Negotiations to Acquire ‘The French Quarter Will Not Be Spared’

It looks as if New Orleans has a severe vampire infestation problem. Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate is close to procuring The French Quarter Will Not Be Spared, a vampire script written by Anthony Jaswinski. Early reports indicate that the film is set to take place during hurricane Katrina, a perfect time for vampires to show their fangs.

Jaswinski is the writer behind A Midsummer’s Nightmare, Satanic, The Shallows, and Vanishing on 7th Street. The screenwriter’s biggest hit so far has been The Shallows which starred Blake Lively was released in June of 2016. The film has generally positive reviews and was able to scrape in $119.1 million at the box office on a budget of $25 million. read more

‘Leprechaun Returns’ to Arrive in December

You can’t keep a good killer Leprechaun down. Lionsgate has announced that Leprechaun Returns will be available on Digital and On Demand starting December 11. The film stars Taylor Spreitler (Amityville: The Awakening), and Mark Holton (Leprechaun), who makes his return to the series for the first time since the original 1993 film.

For the first time in the series (non-reboot) Warwick Davis will not be reprising his role as the Leprechaun. This time, the Leprechaun will be played by 3’3” actor Lindon Porco. read more

Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne in “Advanced Negotiations” to Star in Serial Killer Film, ‘The Good Nurse’

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. read more

Danny Trejo Joins the Cast of Zombie’s ‘3 From Hell’

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’s Studio L to Develop ‘The Blair Witch Project’ Digital Television Series

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 to Direct Feature Film Adaptation of ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’

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 WindThe 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

Theatrical Release Date Announced for ‘Hellboy’ Reboot Starring David Harbour

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

Lionsgate Reveals Full Length Trailer for ‘Jigsaw’

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