Five Nights at Freddy‘s is gathering steam in Hollywood, with Poltergeist director Gil Kenan signing with Warner Brothers to helm the feature, based on the popular horror game. The first in a new wave of video game-based movies on the horizon (Angry Birds I can see, but Cut the Rope? Seriously?), it looks like WB is taking this project seriously, with Kenan and Tyler Burton Smith also scripting the film. Deadline reports that Roy Lee (Lego Movie) and Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will be producing the film. (more…)
Even though the first two movies of the rebooted Star Trekseries have contained the words “Where no one has gone before,” they have very carefully avoided going to places where we’ve never been at any point across 10 movies, 700 hours of television and hundreds of comics, novels and games. Yes, Star Trek has instead boldly gone where we’ve already been several times: Earth, Vulcan, the Klingon homeworld. But if you’re going to call your movie Star Trek Beyond, as is rumored to be the title of this third* Star Trek film, then you better go beyond where we’ve been in the series before. And it seems that Beyond director Justin Lin is promising just that. (more…)
Proof positive that even legendary and accomplished filmmakers can’t escape broad Hollywood trends, Ridley Scott, the filmmaker behind Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator, has optioned a trilogy of young adult fantasy novels according to Deadline. We know Twilight, The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments have all been taken, so what’s Sir Ridley going to make? Ever heard of a little book called Fae by Colet and Jasmine Abedi. Yeah, me neither. (more…)
It seems that every once in a while we get some non-consequential news about Terminator 5, because after four movies and a TV show there’s still a lot of ground to cover on a story that technically ended after the second movie.
So it goes like this: Megan Ellison, producer of recent indie flicks like Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly, bought the rights to Terminator for something like $20 million. So naturally, she’s going to want to get some kind of return on investment by getting a movie into production soon.
But after getting the blessing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and even signing a director in the person of Fast & Furious auteur Justin Lin, it seems that development on a fifth Terminator went nowhere fast, and Lin eventually bailed. But don’t worry, because there’s a new producer now on board to oversee the project, and I’m sure nepotism has nothing to do with his hiring.
Deadline is reporting that Megan Ellison has hired brother David Ellison to produce Terminator 5. Now David does have some impressive creds overseeing Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol through his Skydance Productions as well as the upcoming Jack Reacher, World War Z, G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, Star Trek Into Darkness and Jack Ryan. So I guess he knows something about franchise management, and working under the gun (so to speak), but does he have what it takes to get another Terminator to theaters everywhere?
Oh, and speaking of deadlines, Terminator has to get rolling before 2019, because according to new copyright rules that’s the year the rights for the franchise will revert back to James Cameron, and unless there’s someway he can turn Terminator into Avatar there’s not going to be anymore evil robots from the future trying to kill Sarah Connor.
So good luck David Ellison. We eagerly await the next update.
So Deadline is reporting that Bryan Fuller‘s Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane is being met with resounding indifference by NBC and is not looking good for going to series sometime later this season.
So that’s the end of that, right?
Not so fast, says Fuller himself. He had this to say on his Twitter feed soon after the “news” broke:
NBC just informed me the Deadline article regarding #MockingbirdLane was Dead Wrong. Stay tuned for updates!
“Dead Wrong.” That sounds promising.
As you’ll recall, Mockingbird Lane is one of two high profile projects that Fuller is working for NBC, the other is Hannibal, a prequel series of sorts about the pre-jail days of Hannibal Lector.
Mockingbird Lane stars Jerry O’Connell as Frankenstein Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his vampire wife Lily, and Eddie Izzard as father-in-law Grandpa. Based on the classic 60s sitcom The Munsters,the updated Mockingbird Lane promises to be a cross between True Blood and Modern Family in terms of style.
Still, one wonders what might be going on behind the scenes at the show. What is the source of Deadline’s intel, and is there really any cause for concern on the set of the show? Interesting times. We’ll keep you posted with developments.
There’s a report going around the internet today that everyone’s favorite vampire franchise is in the pipe for a reboot, and this despite the fact that the final film of the series still hasn’t come out yet. That’s right Twi-hards, Lionsgate may be looking to get Bella, Edward and the gang in a reboot mood once Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is released on November 16th, just don’t expect them to admit it.
And you thought Sony rebooting Spider-Man five years after the release of Spider-Man 3 was bad. Lionsgate, it seems, is literally talking about rebooting Twilight just four years after the first film in the series was released. Let that one bake your noodle.
Bloody Disgusting was the one that broke the story thanks to a little inside information:
They’ll deny it, right here, right now. We’ll get plenty of eggs in our face. Sites will burn us at the stake like a witch during the Salem trials. Still, the fact will remain: it’s true.
In fact, they’re already discussing it internally. It will happen.
It is still undecided exactly what the future of the franchise will be, though. It could be a direct remake, considering the initial saga is so poorly made, but then again it could also be a spinoff or maybe even a one-off sequel. It could be anything to keep the green bills piling high. But expect a remake. Yes, quickly.
Not trolling, it’s real. Though expect them to deny it for a little while.
Well, it’s nice to know that the studio is at least self-aware with its money grubbing. Twilight is many things, but I don’t think it was poorly made, so that seems kind of a weak reason to put the same four stories back in front of the camera with a new cast and production team. It is conceivable that they might continue the franchise with original stories, but they probably wouldn’t do it without the blessing of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer.
Either way, Deadline says via their own insiders to take any Twilight reboot talk with a grain of salt:
We are not remaking Twilight. We will happily support Stephanie Meyer if she decides to proceed in any way. But this will be the last one unless that should change.
You may recall that the only other Twilight book Meyer’s worked on since Breaking Dawn was a novel telling the story of Bella and Edward’s first meeting from Edward’s perspective. The book was scarped after an early draft was release on the internet, but it is proof that maybe Meyer still has Twilight on the brain (for better or worse).
Locke and Key has been bouncing around the Internet the last couple of months with a pilot show trailer based on the hit comic book series. FOX gave it the thumbs down and fans collectively sighed and probably wiped away a tear or two.
(DON”T YOU JUDGE ME! THOSE ARE MANLY TEARS!)
Now much like the Star Trek series pitch idea from a couple of weeks ago, Locke & Key is getting the same treatment. That is . . . it’s getting some “back-ass-wards-hair-dresser-second-cousin’s-boyfriend- said” kinda Internet rumor that the Internet loves with a dark, self loathing, burning passion.
After Fox passed on the pilot written by Josh Friedman and directed by Mark Romanek, the companies behind it, 20th Century Fox, K/O Paper Products and DreamWorks TV, shopped it to other networks, with Syfy expressing interest but ultimately passing. The studio, faced with mounting costs of keeping the production alive, decided to pull the plug on the thriller, letting the actors’ options to expire on June 30 while signing Friedman in an overall deal. (Friedman has already set up a new project at Fox with a put pilot commitment.) Then IDW, the publisher of the Locke & Key comic, organized a screening of the pilot at Comic-Con in July, followed by a panel discussion with executive producers Friedman, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. And last month, a trailer for the show, presumably cut by Fox in the run-up to the upfronts, leaked online and went viral (video below). Also last month, a DVD of the pilot was given to MTV programming chief David Janollari. I hear he liked it but is yet to meet with the Locke & Key producers, so there has been no real conversation between the two sides. A supernatural thriller would be a major departure for MTV whose current scripted slate consists primarily of high school shows. And many caution that the budget to mount a Locke & Key TV adaptation is likely to be prohibitive for a basic cable network as evident by Syfy’s decision not to pursue the project after crunching the numbers.
Some guy in television production may have seen a pilot of a Locke & Key!!!!!
Without some meetings or phone calls going on all there is to report is that MTV:
take a look at Locke & Key. Don’t get me wrong, this NErdBastard would love to see the shoe make it to television. Isn’t anyone else tired of the same old rumor mills on the Internet that are:
started by the same people that are trying to build Internet “Buzz” about a project to spark some feeble interest in the project by someone with the actual power to do something?
With everyone all pumped up for the Walking Dead, after Comic Con’s release of the Season 2 teaser trailer, you’d expect everything to go according to plan. That is not the case. Frank Darabont pulled the rug out from all the fans with today’s announcement that he would be stepping down from his position as writer/producer/ director of the show for this season. Deadlineand EWreport that even though he is stepping down from his position, he’ll still work for the show in some capacity.
Slashfilm states that the reported reason for Darabont’s sudden leave was due to:
“never quite [getting] the hang of working in the fast pace of TV production versus feature film production.”
After such a captivating and well executed first season, it is sad to see him go. To each their own I guess. If you are concerned that this suddent split means that the show’s release will get pushed back, be at ease. Deadline reports that:
“this will not affect production of the show, which will continue as previously scheduled, right up until the planned premiere on October 16.”
For all of those who missed it,take a look at the Season 2 teaser trailer, and tell us what you think of the split? Will this be a good or bad thing for this fledgling zombie drama in the long run?