** THE EVIL DEAD remake: A Variety scribe is reporting actress Lily Collins has bowed out of the forthcoming remake. She was supposed to play a character tantamount to Ash (Bruce Campbell's role in the original trilogy). In the film, five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist's tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. (thanks to ShockTillYouDrop.com)
“Michele has told me that he has started to write the script for a special horror project he plans to shoot between the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012: a sequel to his Gothic masterpiece DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE, a.k.a. CEMETERY MAN,” Cozzi tells us. “He’s going to produce it himself and wants it to really be a great, strong, shocking Italian horror movie.”
Absent from the director’s chair for several years after 1994’s DELLAMORTE, Soavi did several TV movies between 1999 and 2007, and returned to the big-screen scene with the 2006 crime thriller ARRIVEDERCI AMORE, CIAO (a.k.a. THE GOODBYE KISS). His last feature was 2008’s historical drama IL SANGUE DEI VINTI (BLOOD OF THE LOSERS). There’s no word yet on whether Rupert Everett will return as zombie-killing graveyard keeper Francesco Dellamorte [pictured above] in the follow-up film, but we will of course keep you posted on further developments.
And there’s more on Soavi’s slate: “Michele also told me,” Cozzi reports, “that he’s probably gonna shoot, in 2011, a movie in the style of THE GOONIES, starring Nicolas Cage, about some boys’ adventures in Pompeii, the dead Roman city near the Vesuvius volcano, while searching for a hidden treasure.” We’re looking forward to finding out more about this one too! See Cozzi’s Argento article in our 302nd edition, on sale in March.
** THE EVIL DEAD remake: A fourth film has been gearing up for production in Detroit with Sam Raimi’s regular collaborator, editor Bob Murawski heading there soon to work on the project. At the same time actor Bruce Campbell said on Twitter “Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.”
Fede Alvarez, the filmmaker behind the hyped robot invasion short PANIC ATTACK!, is set to direct the film. Alvarez scored a deal with Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures back in 2009, so this would keep it in-house. (thansk to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE TROLL HUNTER: There are still plans for a U.S. remake of the Norwegian vérité style cult creature feature in the making, by director André Øvredal. And he could not be happier according to the fellas over at JoBlo.com. "There is a contract negotiation going on," the director said enthusiastically. "But it's taking months, just because of details in the contract. There should be an announcement within several weeks." Based on his tone, it surprised me a little that Øvredal sounded all for this remake. As we know, some directors immediately scoff at the idea of their work being remade, especially when it's a film that is just being released and hasn't had a chance to connect with the audience on its own. "They have to make the announcement, but I am very proud that these people want to do the remake," Øvredal said, referencing mysterious participants whose identities he wouldn't divulge. "I'm very happy about it." (thanks to TwitchFilm.net)
I don't know if its the poster or the right up but the movie sounds pretty good... check out the synopsis below...
** DEAD SHADOWS: DC Medias is currently producing a French horror movie produced and directed by David Cholewa. The film stars Fabian Wolfrom, Gwendolyn Gourvenec, Arrow in the Head's own John Fallon and a special appearance by Laurie Cholewa. Principal photography began in April and the filmmakers are aiming for a 2012 release. Check out the killer poster below.
DEAD SHADOWS tells the terrifying story about a young man, Chris, whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day Halley's Comet could be seen from earth. Tonight, a new comet is going to appear and everyone in his building are getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There's even an apocalypse theory going around. As the night falls, Chris starts to discover that people are acting strange - and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. People are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn't take long before they start mutating into something from beyond this world. In a fight for survival, Chris has to try to escape from his building with the help from some other tenants - but will they make it out alive? Shooting is expected to wrap in July. (thanks to ShockTillYouDrop.com)
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: Ron Howard's planned film trilogy and interlocking TV series adaptation of Stephen King' saga has always been seen as extraordinarily ambitious. Now however, that ambition might be too big for the company behind it - Universal Pictures. Variety reports that the project has run into budgetary complications which have caused studio execs to rethink original plans.
Meetings are reportedly expected in coming days to determine whether to put the project into turnaround which would allow producer Imagine Entertainment to shop it around and either bring another studio onboard as a partner, or let another take it over completely. Universal has put pre-production staff on hiatus as they discuss ways to bring down the budget. One thing's for certain, the September start date has now been scratched.
The move isn't unprecedented. Universal pulled out of Guillermo del Toro's AT THE MOUNTAIN OF MADNESS amid concern that the $150 million budget R-rated project would struggle to be profitable. A project of this scale will cost considerably more so it's not unreasonable for the studio to want to share the risk if possible. With Javier Bardem's deal to play the lead role of Roland Deschain nearly closed, Imagine certainly has a viable property here. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
Seems that the bureaucrats and 80s lady-boys that now run the studios want a PG-13 and have cocked it up for us horror fans. Crying shame
** Legendary Pictures officially announced that Guillermo del Toro is directing the company's upcoming feature PACIFIC RIM as his next project. They've confirmed that shooting will kick off in September for a Summer 2013 release. del Toro, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce. The news comes after the sad story earlier this week that Universal wasn't going to green light del Toro's dream project, his $150 million R-rated film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft horror novella AT THE MOUNTAIN OF MADNESS that was targeting a June start.
Talking with the Deadline web site, del Toro was forthcoming about the situation and cleared up some of the talk that surrounded the collapse of 'Mountains'.
Tom Cruise's deal to play the lead wasn't closed but Cruise "was without a doubt, absolutely in favor of being in the movie". The studio was said to love the screenplay, were "blown away by the visual presentation", and del Toro and co. hit the budget estimates that Universal had set out for them in the first place. In fact it got so far along that location scouting was underway and production offices were to be opened in Toronto next week.
The biggest contention is the R-rating which del Toro says "should be worn like a badge of merit in promoting the movie. To say, this is not a gory movie, not a movie full of profanity or violence, but it’s a really intense movie". del Toro cites his experience with the DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK remake he just produced which scored an R rating despite having no profanity, no sex and no gore - just for the intensity alone. "The only thing I know about Mountains is, I do not want it to be bloody, I do not want it to be crass, but I want it to be as intense as possible" he adds.
Despite the setback he's not giving up on the film just yet, rather he's hoping the studio will "allow us to seek a home for this. It will remain a timely premise for years to come, so I don’t have to do it next month... I have great partners in Jim Cameron and Lightstorm, and Don Murphy and Susan Montford, great partners in this adventure who are not giving up and not letting me give up." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS: THR reported Pinewood Toronto Studios in Canada is housing Scott's production for three weeks. What they are shooting, to what extent they are shooting and which cast members are involved is unknown, but it looks like principal photography has begun.
Scott will likely be bouncing around the globe for this production (London should be next). Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron star in the film which is due June 8, 2012. (thanks to ShockTillYouDrop.com)
** Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS: Charlize Theron is in final talks to co-star in Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi epic for 20th Century Fox reports Variety. Theron and Noomi Rapace will be the leading protagonists with equal screen time in the roles of Elizabeth Shaw and Vickers, though who will play which isn't certain.
How much this film connects with Scott's original 1979 ALIEN film remains a big question. Actor Michael Fassbender, who plays an android in the film, recently spoke about the film with MTV and explained a little more about its connection with ALIEN. "There's a definite connecting vein. You realize you're part of something else, but it's definitely in keeping with the old ones. When I read it, I was like, 'Well, okay, another Alien. Where do you go with this idea?' And then I sort of read the script, and it's new, yet it's in keeping with the old traditions as well. But there's a whole new revelation within this film. The first 'Alien' [movies], they were thrillers. Something's going on. It's creeping, it's sinister. Things are happening, it's building, [and there are] different sorts of intrigues and politics going on between the different relationships on board. There's action in (this new film), but the intelligence is what struck me when I read it. It's more sort of like the original ones. There are things happening and building, and the intelligence of the first two-thirds of the film gets you ready for the action." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
Alien and Return of the Living Dead scribe Dan O'Bannon, and Re-Animator/From Beyond team Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna? Whilst the story sounds very B-Movie, the creative talent on display here is something... well, the planets may have very well alligned!
** THE MEN: RE-ANIMATOR directing and producing teams Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna are together again. The Little Film Company has taken the project to the European Film Market to drum up interest. Written by Dan O'Bannon, THE MEN is the story "of a woman who discovers that earth is captive to an alien race that took control of the planet half a million years ago." (thanks to ShockTillYouDrop.com)
** THE CROW remake: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER) is the latest name linked as a potential director to the long-struggling remake at Relativity Media reports Fangoria. Fresnadillo has already taken meetings with Relativity over the project, though the company has also been talking to Javier Guiterrez as well. This latest attempt at bringing the resurrected gothic vengeful hero back to the big screen follows on from its seeming demise last year when Mark Wahlberg passed on the role while Stephen Norrington walked away as director over "creative differences". Nick Cave also did some work on the script. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
Hmmm, i'll do it if everyone else does it? Very hollywood!
** ZOMBIELAND 2: Woody Harrelson spoke to Total Film about a sequel to ZOMBIELAND. The script is once again written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Ruben Fleischer may return to direct, but he's busy with other projects at the moment. So, what did the actor have to say about ZOMBIELAND 2? "I'm sure it will happen if everyone does it, but I'm not sure it's the right thing to do," he said, going on to add: "It's one thing to do it when it came out real good and it made a lot of people laugh, but then to do a sequel... 99 out of 100 are worse by a lot. So I don't know." Oh, and one more thing, "I don't feel like a sequels guy." (thanks to ShockTillYouDrop.com)
** MONSTERS sequel: Gareth Edwards, the director of the recent acclaimed ultra-low budget MONSTERS, says Vertigo owns the rights to the film and are keen to move forward with another related project very soon - one he may not be a part of. "I’m not sure how involved I can be right now, and I don’t think my next film really should be a sequel just yet. I’d like to do something else first, but I would definitely be open to returning at some point" he saidl.
He adds "I do think whoever Vertigo ends up hiring will do a great job because they really know what they’re doing there. For me, if they hire someone to direct another MONSTERS movie, the last thing they need is for me to be hanging around, telling people how the movie should be. Whoever comes in should definitely be given free rein to put their own spin on this world, and I know they’ll get the right person." (thanks to DreadCentral.com)
** PROMETHEUS: Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi film starring Noomi Rapaci and Michael Fassbender. According to Sky's sources: The film will indeed feature an "alien" after all and that H.R. Giger is at work on the design. Furthermore, the Space Jockey cockpit (seen in the first film) is being recreated. Also, a visit to the Alien home world could be in order.
"Part of the film will be shot in Morocco," says this mystery source. "I've heard that some sort of archaeological dig where they discover alien DNA takes place there and that DNA gives them the coordinates for an alien world. I've also heard Morocco is being used for alien planet landscapes so I'm not sure if it's an archaeological dig on another planet." So, when Scott hinted that his film would contain Alien DNA, then he was speaking literally? (thanks to ShockTillYouDrop.com)
** RIP Juan Piquer Simón: According to El Correo, the director of THE POD PEOPLE, SLUGS the infamous low-budget slasher classic PIECES, has passed on at the age of 74 after a long battle with lung cancer. (thanks to Elcorreo.com)
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