It’s amazing what Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has done to the DC Comics superhero movie world. Zack Snyder wound up taking the heat for the less-than-expected return at the box office and mixed reviews from fans, as well as being unseated as the de facto overseer of the DC Extended Universe, a position that seemingly fell into his lap. DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has been brought in to co-run DC Films. Ben Affleck was made executive producer for the Justice League movie and will direct/write/star in his own solo Batman reboot.
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith was originally tapped to direct ‘The Flash‘, but the studio and Grahame-Smith parted ways due to creative differences over the movie’s direction and production costs. Warner Bros. has chosen Dope writer/director Rick Famuyiwa to direct the DC Films/Warner Bros. solo movie ‘The Flash.’
Just as the DCEU is picking up speed, one of their latest projects has had some major issues with its director. As the hype for Suicide Squadbuilds prior to its bursting onto our screens and after the recent release of Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice(regardless of mixed reviews) it seemed as if the collective DC universe was finding its feet, particularly with so many new projects in the pipeline and ones in production. The Flash, is one of those films that has already started production, but has unfortunately lost the services of director Seth Grahame-Smith.
You can almost hear Jane Austin rolling over in her grave. Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies now has a trailer online and it is just as wacky as one would expect. Mixing classic fiction and history with monsters has been quite lucrative for Grahame-Smith, and although Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter didn’t exactly back up truck loads of cash at the box office, it did make enough worldwide to open the door for this latest Grahame-Smith take on zombies. (more…)
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…)
Apparently Hollywood has been working on a remake of seminal holiday-horror classic Gremlins for years now. Perhaps my subconscious mind has switched to an autonomous mode of denial simply bypassing such desecrating thoughts, preventing a system overload after the deluge of information regarding Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters, which already melted my noggin. On the other hand, perhaps they’re just planning on remaking everything that has nostalgic value from the 80’s and it simply didn’t register in my brain amidst the copious other announcements of reboots of 80’s franchises. One thing is sure, nothing is sacred anymore, so you’re going to have to be prepared for the worst, because it seems originality has become somewhat less profitable these days. (more…)
Just when you thought this project had been buried for good, it comes back from the dead and bites and infect others. So it has happened again. As development on the long-in-the-works adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s cult-favorite spin on the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, goes into full gear (again), another cult-figure has stepped up to help make it a reality. A man already well-known for his involvement in another British institution, has stepped into the important, yet not as flashy, role of Mr. Collins in the undead take on Austen’s seminal work. Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith is on his way to 19th century England, this time, to battle zombies and court romance. (more…)
As Nerd Media has been eagerly reporting, Beetlejuice 2 is well on the way to being summoned forth into the land of the living. Star–and ONLY actor who could possibly play the “Ghost With The Most”–Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton have both essentially confirmed their presence.
(and please remember my use of the word “essentially” if/when this information is denied/disproved)
Now it appears Winona Ryder is following suit. (more…)
A few months back a rumor floated around that Warner Bros. was looking into the possibility of a Gremlins reboot, and if I remember correctly we all laughed at them and threw rocks at them till they stopped such idiocy. Well, grab handful of your finest movie exec seeking pocket gravel because it sounds like they still want to reboot the 80’s classic.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that a source close to the project (I assume that’s studio code for ‘coke dealer‘) says that WB has tapped Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg to produce the remake. Seth Grahame-Smith was also behind such flops as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter andDark Shadows and also is apparently responsible for the most recent draft of a Beetlejuice remake.
Just let that soak in for a little bit.
Now here’s a video of Gizmo dancing to remind us of better days.
20th Century Fox has brought writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: VampireHunter), on-board Marvel’ s Fantastic Four Reboot production team to take a crack at polishing first time writer Jeremy Slater‘s script. Although the financial and critical track record of Grahame-Smith movie adaptations isn’t stellar, the man can write an interesting story.
Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) involvement in writing the movie’s story along with directing the production, should put most Fantastic Four fans fears at ease. If you haven’t seen Chronicle yet you should, it’s a “fantastic” film that explored friendship, family, and superpowered consequences. I feel confidant that Trank will include the family relationship issues that have made the Fantastic Four an interesting comic book.
Additional news that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has joined the team as one of the producers just sweetens the pot.
There’s not much information on the script’s plot or which Fantastic Four villains might be involved. Although it has been reported that:
The new cinematic version of the superhero team with be “taking a grounded superhero and sci-fi approach” and that there are plans to incorporate many more elements from the comics and deep mythology, which includes Doctor Doom, Galactus, and the alien races known as the Kree and the Skrull.
Which villain or villains are you interested in seeing? The Skrulls top my list at the moment. I’d love to see the Super-Skrull smash his way onto the big screen. Doctor Doom may be my favorite Marvel villain, but I’d rather see something new instead of rehashing old movie stuff. Let’s see some other comic book story lines. There’s plenty of time to bring Doom back in the second or third film if the first stays on track.
Fantastic Four is scheduled for release in theaters on March 6th, 2015.
With Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter finished and floundering at the box office (reviewed here), writer/creator Seth Grahame-Smith is off to his next project, the much rumored and still up in the air sequel to 1988’s Beetlejuice. Bleeding Cool had a chance to needle the writer for some details, and he delivered. While it is in development right now, Grahame-Smith stressed that the movie is ‘just theoretical right now,’ so here’s whats happening, theoretically.
If we come up with nothing but shit then we’re not going to do it. Beetlejuice, I think, is too important to too many people, myself included, and Tim (Burton), and Michael Keaton, to do a sequel just for the sake of it, because we’d think it would be commercial. It’s one of my favourite movies of all time. I still have the original 1988 poster in my office, framed, above my desk. It was an important and seminal movie for me. I want to find a way, so badly, to get it right, but I am so absolutely horrified at the thought of getting it wrong that we’re taking our time and being really careful about it. Though I have talked to Tim quite a bit about it, and I have talked to Michael quite a bit.
I’m liking where this is going already, he sounds like he loves the property and will treat it right. A needles sequel for nostalgia will do no one any good.