It’s been quite some time since we were overloaded with news; it looks like 2012 is now in full swing!
Kicking off this edition of [News Bites], Variety reports that Universal Pictures is set to produce Blumhouse Prods. and Platinum Dunes’ Vigilandia, the first feature thats the studio will produce under its first-look deal with Blumhouse. The film will star Ethan Hawke (Sinister, Daybreakers), and James DeMonaco will direct from a script he penned. Plot details are being kept underwraps, although Bloody Disgusting confirmed it’s a straight-up horror project! Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will produce through Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes along with Why Not Prods. Filming is set start on February 13.
Universal has purchased F. Scott Frazier‘s pitch for an alien invasion movie for a mid-six figure price, TheWrap has learned. Writer and producer Chris Morgan brought the project to Universal, where he has a production deal. His company will produce in partnership with Strike Entertainment.
South by Southwest (SXSW) has selected Lionsgate’s The Cabin in the Woods as its opening night film on March 9, marking the world premiere for Joss Whedon’s horror vehicle. In addition to premiering the film, Whedon will participate in a panel at the SXSW Conference on March 10. Cabin the Woods, due to be released on Friday the 13th of April, is produced and co-written by Whedon and marks the feature directing debut of Cloverfield and “Lost” scribe Drew Goddard in a tale of five young adults embarking on a weekend of debauchery at an abandoned cabin in the woods. The film stars Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. SXSW runs in March 9-17 in Austin, Texas.
Lastly, combining the hilarious cheese of the leaked promo and new behind-the-scenes footage, inside you’ll find the latest trailer for Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D that looks simply dreadful. Starring Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, Rutger Hauer, Asia Argento, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Miriam Giovanelli, the flick is based on the original novel by Bram Stroker, about the vampire Dracula, an icon of twentieth century culture.