Our friends at Collider caught up with the overextended Guillermo del Toro who shared a brief update on his version of Walt Disney’s The Haunted Mansion. In short, he’s playing the waiting game…again. “I delivered my last draft five weeks ago,” he tells the site. “I have a meeting with them in three weeks. I know they like the screenplay. I need to meet with them in three weeks. That’s what I know. I know their reaction to the draft was good. We have a bunch of conceptualist art, but you never know, to predict anything else is hard for me to know.” He also reveals that he never intended on directing, which comes as a shock. “I came on board originally as a writer and producer, the decision I think they may be waiting, is for me to say I’m directing the movie. Or am I directing it next, which is too early for me to know what I’m doing next in live-action. I’m in the middle of Pacific Rim and I don’t know what I’m going to do next.”
Those of you in UK prepare for the ultimate treat. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson, will reach a fresh generation of cinema-goers here as the British Film Institute plans to roll it out theatrically in the fall. The BFI said it plans to release the U.S. version of the film – never before released in the U.K. – for Halloween this year, says THR. The U.S. version is 144 minutes long, some 24 minutes longer than the European version previously released here in 1980. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, Kubrick’s tale of a family man and would-be writer (Nicholson) going mad as winter caretaker of the cursed Overlook Hotel is a seminal work of the genre. In the run-up to Halloween, Kubrick’s original trailer, newly re-mastered ahead of the release, will also unspool in British theaters. The U.S. version of The Shining will also screen here courtesy of Warner Bros.
Twitch shares the Australian poster from Curious Distribution for the sci-fi thriller Errors of the Human Body. Written and directed by Eron Sheean, who penned last year’s The Divide, Errors is an unsettling, stylistically bold look at the personal and ethical horrors of modern genetic engineering, oscillating quite ambiguously between pure science and terrifying science fiction. It stars Michael Eklund.
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