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Theatrical Release Date for Annihilation Announced

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has announced a February 23rd, 2018 theatrical release date for Alex Garland’s somewhat-secretive film Annihilation (based on the novel by author Jeff VanderMeer.)  A preview of the film was shown to a live audience back in June during CineEurope, but little else was divulged at the time regarding a wide release.  This is welcome news to fans of both the horror and sci-fi genres.

Annihilation, Garland’s follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2014 film Ex Machina, will also reunite the director with Star Wars‘ Oscar Issac.  Annihilation will also star Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Gina Rodriguez.  Isaac’s Star Wars universe colleague, Natalie Portman, plays the lead of a biologist who signs up for a secretive and dangerous expedition in a post-apocolyptic world, where she finds that the human laws of nature don’t apply.  Garland also wrote the screenplay for the film. read more

Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web to Debut in Theaters October 2018

We learned in November, 2017 that Fede Alvarez, director of Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake, would be directing The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony Pictures after the studio and talent elected not to continue the series started by David Fincher, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in 2011. We still don’t know who will portray Lisbeth Salander this time around, but we do have a release date! The Girl in the Spider’s Web will hit theaters on October 5th, 2018.

Variety reports that the date was unveiled on Monday at the London Book Fair, and that actresses Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are both interested in the role of Lisbeth. Johansson was in the running the first time around, but Fincher ultimately choose relative newcomer Rooney Mara for the coveted role. Alvarez had this to say about this development: read more