[News Bites: Part II] Angels, Demons, Casting, PG-13 Horror and More

It’s Friday, I should be sipping on lemonade and kicking back by a pool, instead I’ve got a second edition of News Bites (read this morning’s edition) jam-packed with more micro-announcements from the horrorverse.

The biggest news is that former “Heroes” star Zachary Quinto will haunt Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s “American Horror Story,” writes THR. Quinto has been cast as Chad, a gay former owner of the haunted home where the Ben and Vivien Harmon (Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton) reside in the FX drama from “Glee” co-creators Murphy and Falchuk. The “psychosexual thriller” revolves around the Harmons who move from Boston to Los Angeles in an attempt to rebuild their marriage but encounter all sorts of creepy happenings at their new residence. Quinto will first appear in the first part of the two-part Halloween episode. “American Horror Story” debuts Oct. 5 on FX.

In announcements, just as her action movie Colombiana opens across the country, Zoe Saldana (pictured inside) has set up the supernatural thriller Dominion at Paramount, says THR. The pitch hails from Dean McCreary and Chester Hastings and while plot details remain sketchy, the story centers on a woman (Saldana) who is half-human, half-angel. Who knows if this will evolve into a genre film.

On the flip side, Heat Vision is reporting that Universal Pictures has put Wicked Lovely, the adaptation of a series of best-selling Harper Collins novels by Melissa Marr, into turnaround. Mary Harron (American Psycho) was attached to the project. The movie follows the high-profile plug-pulling of the studio’s Hasbro board game movie Ouija, which had McG attached to direct and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes producing. But while the latter was due to budgetary concerns, Lovely is being set free due to the studio realizing the project doesn’t suit their needs. It wasn’t nearly as close to a green light as Ouija was.

PG-13 horror has returned in a big way: On September 2 Relativity Media’s Shark Night 3D rated for “disturbing images and language“, goes toe-to-toe with Dimension’s Apollo 18, also rated PG-13 for “violence and terror, disturbing images, sexual references, partial nudity, language and thematic material.” Joining the club is House at the End of the Street, rated for “intense sequences of violence and terror, thematic elements, language, some teen partying and brief drug material.” Relativity Media releases on April 20, 2012.

Having just revealed the official one sheet, Anchor Bay has bumped Texas Killing Fields to an October 14 theatrical release. Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Chloe Moretz, the story focuses on the true story of a pair of police officers who undertook to solve two decades of disappearances and homicides — totaling as many as 60 victims — in the industrial wastelands surrounding Gulf Coast refineries.
Pictured: Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana