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Idris Elba to Direct and Star in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Musical for Netflix

The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been synonymous with classic horror ever since Lon Chaney first exploded onto the silver screen in the classic 1923 film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s legendary novel. Now, nearly 100 years later, Idris Elba will adapt the story into a modern musical for Netflix!

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Elba will produce the music, direct the project, and star in the picture as the legendary Quasimodo. He will also produce the film alongside Ana Garanito, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and Fred Berger of La La Land fame (which is certainly promising news given the musical element of the new production). read more

Netflix, del Toro to Collaborate on Horror Anthology Series ’10 After Midnight’

With Netflix leading the charge, the online streaming services continue to conquer the new entertainment landscape.  According to the folks over at Deadline, Guillermo del Toro, already the creator of the Emmy-winning Netflix animated series DreamWorks Trollhunters, will venture into the live-action world with the network as well.  The network has given the green-light to Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, which represents their first stab at an original horror anthology series.

Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight is described as series of del Toro’s original stories, which tows the line between the divine and the devilish.  The show follows a long lineage of similarly-themed projects, which include Ray Bradbury Theatre and The Outer Limits among others.  Del Toro is slated to both write and direct certain episodes, but his hand-prints will be on the entire show.  He will personally select the writers and directors that will work on each episode, which bodes well for many up-and-coming horror collaborators. read more

Netflix Renews ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ for a Third Season

Right from Deadline, Netflix has greenlit a third season for Santa Clarita Diet, the dark comedy television series starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant.

Set to be 10 episodes, the third season of SCD is slated to launch in 2019. The entire main cast of the show are set to return, including Barrymore, Olyphant, Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo.

Created by Victor Fresco, SCD centers around Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore), husband and wife realtors leading somewhat discontented lives in the Los Angeles, CA suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenage daughter Abby (Hewson). Circumstances change dramatically when Sheila goes through an unexpected transformation sending their lives down a road of death and destruction but in a good way for the family. read more

Details Emerge About Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Season Two

Playlist is reporting some exciting details about David Fincher’s stellar Netflix series Mindhunter and what is in store for season two.

It has been confirmed that the mastermind of the production, David Fincher, will return to direct both the premiere and the finale of season two.  Fincher will be joined by Carl Franklin (Devil In A Blue Dress, One False Move, HBO’s Vinyl and The Leftovers) who will direct four of the episodes with Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse JamesKilling Me Softly) rounding out the trio and directing two of the episodes as well.   read more

Ian Somerhalder Set to Star in ‘V-Wars’ Series on Netflix

Netflix has announced it has ordered 10 episodes of the vampire series V-Wars, which is based on the Jonathan Mayberry comic from IDW Publishing. It was also announced that Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role as Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, will star as Dr. Luther Swann. Brad Turner (Stargate) is at the helm to direct.

Representatives from IDW told the Hollywood Reporter “We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season. We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.” read more

First Image from Netflix’s ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Revealed

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the writer and Executive Producer of Netflix’s adaptation of Archie Comics’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, took to twitter today to share the first image from the upcoming series featuring Sabrina and her boyfriend Harvey.

The image features Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) and Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch) “strolling down the avenue” into teenage romance and possible trouble, albeit of a more demonic nature.  The Netflix series is based on the 2014 comic book mini series (also written by Aguirre-Sacasa) and if the source material is any indication, this series will more closely resemble classic horror films, rather than the light-hearted Melissa Joan Hart sit-com which aired from 1996 to 2003. read more

‘Stranger Things’ Announced as the First Maze for Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights

Hot on the heels of Universal Studio’s announcement of the dates for 2018’s Halloween Horror Nights, the theme park empire announced today that the first maze would be dedicated to none other than Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Universal’s Patrick Braillard described some of the initial details of the maze (which will be featured on both coasts at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood) stating that it would recreate “…some of the show’s most iconic scenes, 80’s settings, and most loved characters (#RIPBarb).  You’ll faithfully follow the storyline, starting off on Mirkwood and then quickly moving to inside Hawkins National Laboratory where things have gone terribly, terribly wrong.  From there you will experience all the most memorable moments and environments from the show while being hunted at every turn by the Demogorgon.” read more

James Wan, Shawn Levy and Netflix Team up for ‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’

Deadline is reporting that James Wan’s company, Atomic Monster, is teaming up with Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, who produced mega-hit Stranger Things, on the film adaption of Stephanie Perkin’s novel There’s Someone Inside Your House. The adolescent slasher film was picked up by Netflix, who reportedly outbid several others. With the screenplay by Henry Gayden, who penned the DC’s Shazam!, there is no director attached to the project yet. Wan, a master of modern horror best known for genre favorites Saw and The Conjuring, will not be at the helm for this project. read more

‘Dark Sabrina’ Series adds Ross Lynch to Growing Cast

Netflix’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot has added its male lead with former Austin & Ally star Ross Lynch opposite Kiernan Shipka in the upcoming series from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV.

According to Deadline, Lynch will play Harvey Kinkle, the titular character’s boyfriend. As more the prince charming in a dark fairy tale, Kinkle is the son of a coal miner, unaware there are dark forces at work that try to keep him and his girlfriend Sabrina apart. read more

Netflix Renews ‘Black Mirror’ for Season 5

Just two months after Season Four hit the internets, Black Mirror has officially been renewed by Netflix for Season Five. The news comes as no surprise: Charlie Brooker’s techno-phobic franchise, which began featuring original episodes exclusively on Netflix starting with Season Three,  has exponentially increased in both popularity and starpower over the past couple of years.

Netflix’s announcement was accompanied by a brief announcement video on Twitter. Featuring the tagline, “The future will be brighter than ever.”, the clip highlights numerous images pulled from several prominent episodes from previous seasons: read more