Paul Zindel’s Son Files Lawsuit Against ‘The Shape of Water’ Creators for Alleged Plagiarism

We first reported in late January that David Zindel, the son of playwright Paul Zindel, is accusing The Shape of Water of plagiarism. Now, the accusations have escalated in the form of a 53-page lawsuit against Fox Searchlight, Twentieth Century Fox, writer/director Guillermo del Toro, and associate producer Daniel Kraus.

NPR reports that Zindel’s suit was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. The suit alleges that The Shape of Water, “brazenly copies the story, elements, characters, and themes” of Paul Zindel’s 1969 work entitled Let Me Hear You Whisper. Zindel’s play, which was first adapted for television during the same year, tells the story of a female custodian who forms a special bond with a dolphin in a lab, and she hatches a plan to escape with the creature once she learns that scientists plan to dissect its brain. 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

‘Goosebumps’ Sequel’s Ensemble Cast to Feature ‘It’ and ‘Jumanji’ Alumni

The folks at Sony Pictures are hard at work on a follow-up to 2015’s Goosebumps movie, based on the legendary works of writer R.L. Stine. We already knew that Jack Black will be returning to his role as a fictional version of Stine for the sequel, which is tentatively titled Goosebumps: Horrorland. Now, we know which actors and actress will be rounding out the new cast.

Variety reports that Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor have all been hired to star in the upcoming film. The young actors and actress all represent the typical age group of readers when they first discover Stine’s infectious books. read more

Shooting Location for ‘Friday the 13th’ to Offer Sleepaway Camp to the Highest Bidder

So you think you’re the biggest Friday the 13th fan, huh? You’ve got all of the movies on blu-ray, you’ve had your picture taken with all of the actors who’ve ever played Jason… but have you ever spent the night at the legendary Camp Crystal Lake? Pretty soon, a few lucky (and wealthy) fans will be able to answer “yes” to that question!

Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, the original shooting location for 1980’s Friday the 13th, will soon be opening its gates to fans of the franchise in an unprecedented manner. The Warren County, New Jersey campground is typically off-limits to the general public due to the fact that it is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. The organization has periodically offered tours of the hallowed grounds as fundraisers in recent years, but they plan to up the ante with an all-nighter for the first time ever this spring! The only problem is, it will end up costing you an arm and a leg (and who wants to hear that phrase when Jason Voorhees is within earshot!?). However, you don’t need to feel too guilty about making such a purchase, because all proceeds will go towards preserving the camp for the enjoyment of future generations of scouts. read more

‘Hungry Ghosts’ Co-Writer Joel Rose: The Horror News Network Interview

When the Berger Books imprint was announced last February, many long-time Vertigo Comics fans were naturally excited at the prospect of being able to enjoy a whole new set of original and edgy stories, all under the guidance of Karen Berger.  The first series from the imprint (in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics), Hungry Ghosts, is no exception, although many fans were surprised to see the name of celebrity chef and television host Anthony Bourdain on the cover.

Horror News Network was excited to get a chance to interview co-writer Joel Rose about his new series, his work with Bourdain, and being reunited with Berger. read more

WiHM: Interview with Scream Queen Laura Ortiz

As part of Horror News Network’s Women in Horror Month coverage, HNN’s Larry Dwyer was able to chat with scream queen Laura Ortiz about her work in the world of horror. Laura’s resume includes 2006’ The Hills Have Eyes, Chillerama, Holliston, Victor Crowley and a tiny film called Guardians of the Galaxy. Larry and Laura discussed how she got started in the business and then Larry gets corrected on the proper way to spell Colombia – whoops! Enjoy!

Horror News Network: Hi Laura! First of all, thanks so much for letting our readers get a glimpse into your career and huge congratulations on your recent wedding!  read more

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’: The Horror News Network Mid-Season Review

Halfway through its intense and diverse season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story manages to out-“American horror” American Horror Story and claim the prize as one of the most engaging shows on television. Between its expert storytelling, its incredible actors, and its flawless delivery of social commentary, the series manages to exceed expectations each and every night.

The title, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, can be misleading at first glace. In Season One, we knew The People v. O.J. Simpson would primarily focus on the Simpson trial… and that’s exactly what we got. Assassination tells a much more complex story. Based on Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History by Maureen Orth, the season spends significantly more time on Darren Criss’ serial killer Cunanan and his other victims than the time it dwells on the inner-workings of the Versace clan. That isn’t to say that Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, and Ricky Martin aren’t completely magnetic on screen- because they’re incredible- but the structure of the storytelling allows for breathing room as the viewer takes in the scope of Cunanan’s actions. read more

‘Walking Dead’ Star Lauren Cohan Lands Lead Role in ABC’s ‘Whiskey Cavalier’; Could Signal Exit from ‘TWD’

In a move that could signal the end of Maggie on the Walking Dead, Variety is reporting that Lauren Cohan has just  landed the lead role in ABC’s pilot for Whiskey Cavalier.  

According to the report, “Cohan does not currently have a contract in place to return for The Walking Dead’s upcoming ninth season and has been in negotiations with AMC for months over her potential return to the zombie apocalypse series. Cohan has been on the AMC show since its second season…If Whiskey Cavalier moves forward, it is possible Cohan could return to The Walking Dead on a recurring basis in Season 9 or simply leave the show entirely.” read more

‘Legion’ Season Two Trailer Makes You Question Your Sanity

To the delight of fans of smart sci-fi/horror everywhere, FX renewed their genre-bending cult favorite Legion for a second season.  Now we have a teaser for season two (which debuts on April 3) and you may want to listen to the alluring Aubrey Plaza in this short clip.

Legion (based on the trippy New Mutants run by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz) stars Dan Stevens as David Haller, a man who originally believed himself to be schizophrenic, but later discovered that he may actually be one of the most powerful mutants the world has ever seen.  While it is based on the Marvel series from the 1980s, you really don’t need any backstory on the comic to enjoy this series, and the television program goes to places that no X-Men story has gone so far. read more

‘Death House’ Slated for April VOD Release

The last work of the legendary Gunnar Hansen will soon be available for all to see. Before he left us in 2015, Gunnar wrote the script for the film Death House with the intentions of featuring as many legends of the horror genre as possible.

After the gentle giant’s passing, the script was punched up by Harrison Smith (Camp Dread) who also took over directing duties. When it comes to Gunnar’s wish to cast as many horror legends as possible, it’s safe to say that they went all out. The short list is Adrienne Barbeau, Sid Haig, Kane Hodder, Vernon Wells, Tony Todd, Felissa Rose, Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Barbara Crampton and more…seriously. read more