Entries by Mark McCurley

Coming Soon from Jordan Peele – The Horror Bits

From the latest feature on Variety, many directors in Hollywood have all too great a challenge coming up with something new that audiences will pay to see. For Jordan Peele, director of 2017’s Get Out, he hit a home run with his directorial debut achieving critical acclaim and commercial success that earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Now, Peele has his eyes on all new projects with his production company, Monkeypaw Productions, that includes Lovecraft Country at HBO and The Twilight Zone to be streamed on CBS All Access. read more read more

Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover Not Planned but New Spin-off Is

Looks like Sabrina won’t be crossing over into Riverdale this fall as series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed at the Television Critics Association on Monday that there are no plans currently for a crossover between the CW show and its upcoming sister series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. However, he did confirm that another spin-off is in the pipeline but was coy with the details.

In the morning of the event, CW president Mark Pedowitz downplayed all rumors of a crossover for the two series and clarified no one from Riverdale would be making a cameo appearance on the Netflix drama. read more read more

Zahn McClarnon to Play Crow Daddy in ‘Doctor Sleep’

Following yesterday’s update on the upcoming Stephen King adaptation, Variety has a report that Zahn McClarnon (Westworld) is set to play the villain called Crow Daddy in Doctor Sleep.

Joining Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the sequel novel, McClarnon’s role is one of the story’s main antagonists who is part of the evil group, The True Knot.

Straight from the book, The True Knot’s creed is as follows: “Lodsam hanti, we are the chosen ones. Cahanna risone hanti, we are the fortunate ones. Sabbatha hanti, sabbatha hanti, sabbatha hanti. We are the True Knot, and we endure.” read more read more

Jared Leto Set to Star in ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-off ‘Morbius’

Hot off the heels of playing the Clown Prince of Crime aka the Joker, Jared Leto is sticking to his guns (and fangs) by starring next in the title role of Morbius, a film centered around the villain that originated in the Spider-Man comics.

Sony has tapped Leto to be the lead in the spin-off  and sources have told Variety that Daniel Espinosa (director of Safe House) will helm the movie.

Also the lead singer of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, Leto had met Espinosa in May while touring in Germany. read more read more

‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Gets First Poster

Right from Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Twitter page, Netflix’s upcoming original series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has released its first poster, looking to cast a spell on viewers across the world.

Netflix and executive producer Aguirre-Sacasa shared the image on social media in preparation of the forthcoming series based on the popular Archie Comics character. The poster displays a playful occult vibe with Sabrina’s signature hairstyle, red lips and a silhouette of her cat, named Salem Saberhagen in the comic series. read more read more

‘Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle’ Premiers July 18 on Netflix

Amidst a summer of live-action comic book adaptations, Netflix is expanding its library of animated features with Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle set to premier on July 18.

Similar to other films in the Kaiju (Japanese for “strange beast”) genre, the film features humans and robots against the biggest Godzilla to ever be seen in an interplanetary struggle for survival.

Produced by Toho Animation and animated by Polygon Pictures, it is the 33rd film in the Godzilla franchise, the 31st Toho-produced film in the series and the second entry in the anime trilogy after Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. read more read more

‘Mandy’ Gets First Trailer

Mandy, one of the most shocking selections of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, has released its first trailer.

Directed and written by Panos Cosmatos with co-writer Aaron Stewart-Ahn, Mandy is one of the last films scored by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson who died on February 9, 2018 due to unknown causes.

The film stars Nicolas Cage, known for his 1995 Oscar-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas and other supernatural roles such as Ghost Rider and Drive Angry. Andrea Riseborough, known for her performances in Oblivion, Birdman and TV’s Waco, plays the titular character Mandy. read more read more

‘IT: Chapter 2’ Begins Production

IT’S BACK! According to James McAvoy’s Instagram, production on IT: Chapter 2 , the sequel to last year’s box office hit, has officially begun.

The post to fans shows McAvoy sharing a witty pun and that cameras have begun rolling in Toronto, which was the shooting location for the first IT.

Day 1 on IT 2. Glad you got the memo guys. #passthecheeseplease #derryordairy

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‘The Nun’ Gets in the Habit with First Trailer

Just in from The Hollywood Reporter, the first trailer for upcoming horror movie The Nun, a spin-off in The Conjuring universe, has been released by Warner Bros.

When a young nun takes her own life at an abbey in Romania, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. They uncover the order’s unholy secret and risk not only their lives but their faith and their very souls. As they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first scared audiences in The Conjuring 2, the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. read more read more

Film Rights of Creepy Crawlers Toy Brand Lands at Paramount Players

Coming straight from Variety, the feature film rights for renown toy brand Creepy Crawlers has been acquired Paramount Players.

Plot details are currently unknown but the film will be based on the classic toy molds of all sorts of creepy and slimy critters, like scorpions, spiders and worms.

Creepy Crawlers, currently owned by JAKKS Pacific, was originally developed by Mattel in the early 1960’s. The toy line was revitalized by ToyMax in the ’90’s, which let children create their own molds again, such as the Creeple Peeple and Eeeks. read more read more