Entries by Mark McCurley

Johannes Roberts Gives Update on ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot

During an interview with Screenrant, when asked about the current progress of Constantin Films’ upcoming Resident Evil reboot, director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) said the project is still moving forward and is in active development.

He teased the film’s new story line will be much closer to its video game source material.

“We are in active development of that at the moment,” Roberts said. “I pitched them a take, and they really loved it. So, we are just gearing up on that as we speak, really. I’m in the office all the time there. So, yeah, it’s great. It’s gonna be super scary. It’s super, super scary. And it’s just getting back to the roots of the game. I think, at the moment, I’m not really allowed to say much more than that. But it’s gonna be a lot of fun.” read more read more

Djimon Hounsou to Replace Brian Tyree Henry in ‘A Quiet Place 2’

Just in from The Wrap, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America, Shazam!) has joined the highly-anticipated sequel A Quiet Place 2 replacing Brian Tyree Henry who left the project due to scheduling conflicts.

Hounsou, whose upcoming projects also include Charlie’s Angels, The King’s Man, and the TV series What If…?, joins Emily Blunt, who returns for the sequel alongside cast members Noah Jupe (Suburbicon, Wonder) and Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck), with John Krasinski who will write and direct again. Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy (Breakfast on Pluto, Peaky Blinders) will also star in the sequel, set for release on March 20, 2020. read more read more

‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Miniseries Gets Teaser Trailer

Released today, Nickelodeon has posted the first teaser trailer for the upcoming return of the network’s iconic horror series Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

Getting a first glimpse of the new Midnight Society, the trailer shows the group as they gather around for a new story of horror.

Set to be three one-hour episodes, the series introduces an entirely new group of kids who tell new terrifying tales, including one about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the stories come to life. read more

‘IT Chapter 2’ Runtime Confirmed by Director Andy Muschietti

Floating up from the sewers of Derry, ME this Fall, IT Chapter 2 Director Andy Muschietti has confirmed the runtime of his conclusion to the 2017 original film. It will definitely not be short running about two hours and 45 minutes the director said in an interview with Digital Spy.

“At the beginning,” Muschietti said, “when you’re writing and building the beats of the story, everything that you put in there seems very essential to the story. However, when you have the movie finally edited and it’s four hours long, you realize that some of the events and some of the beats can be easily lifted but the essence of the story remains intact. You cannot deliver a 4-hour movie because people will start to feel uncomfortable – no matter what they see – but we ended up having a movie that is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the pacing is very good.” read more read more

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Gets New Poster Before August Release

Creeping into theaters next month, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has a new poster right from Lionsgate that features the terrifying Jangly Man. Check it out below!

The film is set in America during 1968. Change was blowing in the wind… but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time — stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home. read more read more

First Photo for ‘Ghostbusters 2020’ Released as Filming Begins

Director Jason Reitman took to his Instagram to officially announce the commencement of filming on Sony’s Ghostbusters 2020 in Alberta, Canada with a first look photo featuring stars Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard and Carrie Coon in character. Reitman appears also in the photo, alongside his father Ivan Reitman who directed the first two Ghostbusters films.

It seems Grace’s familiar specs tease a lineage with Egon Spengler.

Grace, known also for her roles in Captain Marvel and Annbelle Comes Home, will star in the 2020 film along with Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things and 2017’s IT). Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) will play their mother. Sigourney Weaver recently confirmed that she and the original cast were reprising their roles for the sequel. read more read more

Samuel L. Jackson added to Chris Rock’s Reboot of ‘Saw’

Hold on to those butts, Samuel L. Jackson has been confirmed as a cast member of the newest entry in the Saw franchise confirmed by Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

According to Variety, he said, “We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the ‘Saw’ canon and we can’t wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of ‘Saw’ on full tilt.” read more read more

‘Hellraiser’ Television Rights Acquired by Roy Lee and Dan Farah

Pinhead once said, “We have such sights to show you,” this is especially true now since according to Deadline producers Roy Lee (IT 2017) and Dan Farah (Ready Player One) have attained the rights to bring Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to the small screen for the first time ever.

Lee and Farah have joined forces with producers and rights-holders Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, who have held those TV rights since New World Entertainment was sold in 1989. read more

’28 Days Later’ Director Danny Boyle Discusses Sequel Plans

12 years following the previous franchise entry, original director Danny Boyle has revealed he’s working on a second sequel to 28 Days Later.

He told The Independent that a third film is in the works with Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland, who wrote the original back in 2002.

“Alex Garland and I have a wonderful idea for the third part,” Boyle said. “It’s properly good. The original film led to a bit of a resurgence in the zombie drama and it doesn’t reference any of that. It doesn’t feel stale at all. He’s concentrating on directing his own work at the moment, so it’s stood in abeyance really, but it’s a you-never-know.” read more read more

Paramount Confirms ‘Paranormal Activity’ will Return with a New Sequel

During an appearance at CineEurope, Chairman and CEO for Paramount Pictures Jim Gianopulos made an announcement that a new entry in the Paranormal Activity series officially is in development at the studio. This one will be part seven and the first since 2015.

Gianopulos said, “We are partnering with uber horror producer Jason Blum to bring a new installment of Paranormal Activity.”

2019 marks the ten year anniversary of the first Paranormal Activity film’s release, which exploded at the domestic box office and set the world of horror ablaze with the found footage feature phenomena. The first Paranormal Activity was produced on a budget of $15,000 dollars and went on to gross $193 million worldwide. read more read more