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[News Bites] Latino ‘Paranormal’ Director, ‘Oldboy’ Dated, “Mockingbird” Goodies and MORE!

Although I thought this was already announced, Christopher Landon – who penned Disturbia and the three Paranormal Activity sequels – is set to write and direct the currently untitled Latino version of PA for Paramount Pictures. The quasi-spinoff was teased during the post-credits of PA 4 and is slated for release Spring 2013. Says Deadline: “The spinoff will include the demon from the PA franchise and star mostly Latino actors and film partly in Spanish.”

FilmDistrict will release Spike Lee’s Oldboy on October 11, 2013. Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel Jackson, Bruce Hornsby and James Ransone, a man gets kidnapped and held in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, he’s released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge.

Screen Daily reports that The Seasoning House will receive a UK theatrical and home entertainment release, through Kaleidoscope, in 2013. Having premiered at this past summer’ FrightFest in London, the film “Centers around a young Balkan girl (played by Rosie Day) forced to work in a rape house during an unspecified war, who kills a militiaman and goes on the run.

Paramount Pictures has just closed a deal for the rights to Insurrection, a Boom! Studios comic created by writer Blake Masters, says THR. Masters is also attached to pen the script. A sort of sci-fi “Spartacus,” “‘Insurrection’ is a set in a future where corporations are more powerful than governments and command their own armies. The armies consist of clones who, for decades, have been treated like a sub-class. That all changes when one man stands up and leads a revolution that has vast repercussions.

Lastly, airing on Friday, October 26, is NBC’s Halloween special, “Mockingbird Lane,” their TV reboot of “The Munsters.” Some promo art has been released alongside the official synopsis and new stills. It looks terrible.

The “Mockingbird Lane” pilot was written by Bryan Fuller and directed by Bryan Singer. “Sweet little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he’s about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places — as in all over his body — every time the moon is full! Eddie’s got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (Portia de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (Jerry O’Connell), who brings new meaning to “Frankenstein”; and Grandpa (Eddie Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren’t actually Dracula! Of course then there’s creepy cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield), who’s really the odd one because she’s so completely normal.

Buying a house these days is a nightmare, so Herman and Lily are shocked that no one scooped up the rambling Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane that was the site of a series of grisly hobo murders. Settling into their new place, they’re quickly onto the mission at hand: to gently ease Eddie into the reality of his werewolf adolescence. But it’s not always so easy to accept that your child is a little “different” from the rest of the kids. Meanwhile, Herman, who works as a funeral director, is suffering from a heart condition. Since he’s made up mostly of spare parts, he knew his makeshift heart would eventually give out. No worries though, because Grandpa, who is pretty good at procuring body parts, is on the case. All Herman cares about is finding a new heart with the same capacity to love Lily as much as he has for so many decades.




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