Updated: Added posters for ‘Big Tits Zombie’ and ‘Dream Home’, along with info on ‘Dead of Night’ and MPAA ratings for two films. I seriously cannot believe how much news there was the past few days. In fact, I’ve got so much backed up that it’s spewing out of my brain. I will explode. Anyways, in order to keep the front page from being a complete jumbled mess, I’m going to compress some stories into this wonderful edition of News Bites. Inside you’ll find the official release date for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Night Chronicles: Devil, a shift for Screen Gems’ Priest, info on a potential Clash of the Titans sequel, and also find a ton of other random goodies that hit throughout the day.DATE ANNOUNCED: THE NIGHT CHRONICLES: DEVIL
From The Dowdle Brothers (Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes comes The Night Chronicles: Devil, which stars Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara, Jacob Vargas, Matt Craven, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend, Caroline Dhavernas.
The plot’s being kept under wraps, but sources said Messina plays the lead role of Bowden, a sobered-up homicide detective. There’s also word of a group of people being trapped in an elevator.
Universal Pictures has slated the pic for release on February 11, 2011.
NEW MPAA RATINGS:
MGM’ long delayed The Cabin in the Woods will be rated R for “strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity.”
Directed by Drew Goddard, the creature feature provides a new twist on a classic scenario — in this case the young-people-stranded-in-the-woods horror trope.
On the DVD front, First Looks’ 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams, arriving on DVD and Blu-ray July 20, received an R-rating for “strong bloody violence, crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug use.”
Directed by Tim Sullivan, after the sheriff refuses to cover up any further for the maniacs causing all the missing persons in the area, they’re forced to hit the road in what’s dubbed the “Pleasant Valley Traveling Road Show,” where the maniacs head across country in hopes of gathering more victims. We’ll follow a young TV crew called the “Road Rascals” as they find themselves mixed up with another one of the maniacs’ deadly festivals.
NEW DATE: PRIEST
Sony Screen Gems’ Priest (in crappy post-conversion 3-D) will now arrive in theaters March 4, 2011 (what a crappy birthday present) instead of the planned January release.
Directed by Scott Charles Stewart, the film stars Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Madchen Amick, Stephen Moyer, Maggie Q., Christopher Plummer, Brad Dourif, Alan Dale.
It’s an adaptation of a TokyoPop comic book, the story is set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampire and follows a warrior priest who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece.
CLASH OF THE TITANS CONTINUES
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures’ less than stellar remake of Clash of the Titans will have a sequel in theaters by spring 2012.
“Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are moving ahead with a sequel to Clash of the Titans, which the studio would like as early as spring, 2012.
But they will make the journey without Louis Leterrier, who will not return for an encore as director.
Sam Worthington will return, as well as most every other character that survived.
Greg Berlanti will write the story and the studio is already canvassing the agencies for a writer and director who can whip the movie into shape to shoot before Worthington makes Avatar 2.”
DEAD OF NIGHT UPDATE
“here have been a few trailers over the past few months. Now the word “trailer” means a lot of different things in different venues. But the rumors are true that a few have been produced. We did a sneak peek one for Comicon last year in San Diego. It was a mix of trailer-ish shots with behind-the-scenes footage of us making the movie, plus a snippet of a scene where Dylan and Marcus encounter one of the nastier creatures in the movie.
Then, as a lot of these films do, we have to do a couple more trailers for International Film Markets – namely Berlin Film Festival/Cannes, American Film Market, etc. These are places where, behind very closed doors, international buyers can see the film and decide if they want to pay to show the movie in their territory (i.e. Italy, France, England, wherever) This is how a lot of the financing of the movie is made. So THAT trailer is a much slicker production than the Comicon version, but it’s one of those trailers that gives away WAY too much – you see most of the creatures, the plot, a lot of gags, etc. But the reason for that is that these buyers need that info in order to make a decision to buy or not buy the movie.
But the big one that is still up in the air is the THEATRICAL TRAILER – i.e. the one we’ll see before another movie in a theatre. That one is still under construction, and we’ll have to work with whatever studio gets the movie domestically here in the United States as well. And that decision will be coming very soon.”
You’ll find a ton more over at his blog.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES: SECONDS APART
One of this year’s After Dark Originals is Antonio Negret’s Seconds Apart, which a behind-the-scenes video appeared online for. Dig on it below.
Synopsis: Judging by their privileged lifestyles, one would never guess that Seth and Jonah are murderous twins who share an evil kinship. Damned from the moment of their births, the brothers possess a gruesome talent for telekinesis – a power they use in the most horrific ways imaginable. As fellow students meet gory fates, the local law enforcement begins to suspect the twins’ connection to the depraved murders. What started as a jealous rage escalates into a supernatural showdown – pitting brother against brother, evil against evil.
“I’m filming a movie called “Seconds Apart” in New Orleans with these two handsome men, Gary and Edmund Entin. Along with the wonderful Orlando Jones,” writes the poster.
MORE HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN!
The official website for Hobo With a Shotgun has been updated with a ton of new behind-the-scenes videos. Sample one below.
When Dimension Films’ Grindhouse was gearing up for release back in 2007, a contest was held asking fans to create their own faux grindhouse trailer. The result was Jason Eisener’s Hobo With a Shotgun, which will be transforming into a full-length feature. Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, The Hitcher) will be starring as the ass-kickin’ Hobo!
MORE UNNECESSARY J-HORROR
From Cell Film Production and Japanese director Hiroshi Takahashi’s comes KYOFU. No details are available, but an official website has been launched along with the following still and poster. Takahashi also penned Ringu 2, Don’t Look Up, among many others. Get more stills by clicking here.
BIG TITS ZOMBIE FOREIGN POSTER
Below you’ll find a foreign one sheet and new still from Takao Nakano’s Big Tits Zombie, a 3-D adaptation of Rei Mikamoto’s cult manga Kyonyo Dragon. The site teases, “Strippers versus zombies! Strippers versus sushi! AV star Sola Aoi (Sora Aoi) wielding a chainsaw!” Check out the trailer.
DREAM HOME POSTER
Playing at the Tribeca Film Festival is Ho-Cheung Pang’s Dream Home.
What would you do, if someone blocked your view? Cheng Lai-sheung’s dream home with a magnificent sea view seems forever out of reach … until suddenly, it dawns on her: in order to get what she wants, she must take matters into her own hands … even if it means getting her hands seriously bloody.