John Cho last entertained horror audiences in Season Two of The Exorcist. This summer, he’ll return to suspenseful territory with Sony Pictures’ Searching, a missing person thriller with an interesting visual twist. In the movie, David Kim’s (Cho) daughter goes missing and he becomes desperate to solve her disappearance. What makes this movie different from other missing person stories is that Searching is told from the point of view of Kim’s computer! The movie was a big hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and it was quickly purchased by Sony Pictures for release in cinemas.
Tom Hardy appeared at opening night of CinemaCon on Monday evening to show off a new trailer for his upcoming film featuring everyone’s favorite symbiote, Venom! The new clip features the first footage of Hardy in the iconic costume, as well as more hints as to what the movie will be about.
Based on the new footage, it’s clear that Hardy’s Eddie Brock will be the deeply conflicted anti-hero from the pages of the comic book. While there’s certainly an explosion or two, the trailer shows this film is going to have a darker tone than your typical Marvel cinematic universe movie. You can watch the full trailer below: read more
Some grudges never die! Sony Pictures will be re-animating 2004’s The Grudge franchise in the form of a new “re-imagining” of the series.
Variety reports that Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce the new film for Ghost House in a co-production with Good Universe. Nicolas Pesce (writer/director of 2016’s disturbing film, The Eyes of My Mother) will write and direct the movie, and Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight, The Nun) and Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Oblivi0n) will star in lead roles in the new film. read more
We reported earlier this month that Sony Pictures is fast-tracking a Men in Black spinoff movie with F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Fate of the Furious) set to direct. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be returning for the project; and with a May 17th, 2019 release date, the studio needs to find its new stars ASAP. It turns out, a top contender for a lead role has some prior experience dealing with aliens in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Variety reports that Chris Hemsworth is in early talks to star in the upcoming film. As Thor, Hemsworth has met his fair share of creatures. In addition to the PG-13 blockbuster action that Hemsworth is used to performing, Men in Black is known for its extraterrestrial-themed action comedy. Fortunately, he has experience with delivering laughs as well. Hemsworth last tickled America’s funny bone in Ghostbusters (2016) and Thor: Ragnarok. read more
While most people know R.L. Stine for his beloved Goosebumps series of books for children, Fear Street is where it all began in 1989! The literary franchise was aimed at older kids than the target audience of Goosebumps, and many of its memorable titles served as a gateway between the “kid’s stuff” and the more grown-up works of Stine’s contemporaries. This summer, Stine will be returning to Fear Street in the aptly-titled franchise, Return to Fear Street! The new series first hit store shelves in 2014 after a 15 year hiatus following the end of the original series. The next book will be called, You May Now Kill the Bride, and it will be available in bookstores on July 24th, 2018. read more
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
It didn’t take long for controversy to arise in relation to the upcoming film based on the Creepy Pasta character Slender Man.
Only a day after the trailer was released, Bill Weier, the father of one of the girls involved in the stabbing of a classmate in the name of the Slender Man character, told the Associated Press that he felt that Sony’s choice was in poor taste. Weier stated that ““It’s absurd they want to make a movie like this. It’s popularizing a tragedy is what it’s doing. I’m not surprised, but in my opinion it’s extremely distasteful. All we’re doing is extending the pain all three of these families have gone through.” read more
The trailer for Flatliners (the remake of the 1990 horror drama staring Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland) has just been released by Sony Pictures.
The film will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev (the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) with a screenplay by Ben Ripley (Species III). It will star Ellen Page (Juno), Diego Luna (Star Wars: Rogue One), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), James Norton (Black Mirror) and Kiersey Clemons (Austin & Ally).
For those needing a little refresher about this film, The Hollywood Reporter states that it is a story about “…medical students who, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: stopping their hearts for short periods of time. Each triggers a near-death experience, giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are haunted by the sins of their past, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.” read more
What do four of the six highest grossing major film studios of 2016 have in common? They each released a horror film that made enough money to compensate for another big budget box office flop on their roster.
Hollywood accounting is “creative” to say the least, but the general rule of thumb is that a tentpole film needs to earn two times its estimated budget worldwide in order to outweigh production and marketing expenses and begin to make money.
According to Box Office Mojo, Sony’s The Magnificent Seven earned approximately $160.4 million on an estimated budget of $90 million. Ghostbusters (2016) earned approximately $229 million on an estimated budget of $144 million. read more