The remake of Park chan-wook’s Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (which is no longer at Warner Brothers it seems) is gaining steam. Brian Tucker (Broken City) has been the writer on this for a while now and production companies Silver Reel, Lotus Entertainment, di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment have partnered up to get this new version (in English, of course) off the ground. All this is happening out of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.
Per Deadline, “Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing and Claudia Bluemhuber, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Jacob Pechenik and Gero Bauknecht are executive producers. This is the first acquisition in Silver Reel and Lotus’ newly formed partnership, one that is focused on developing and acquiring commercial and high-caliber projects.”
The original film is about “two men who set out to avenge the deaths of their beloved women, only to discover that each killed the other’s lover and in the end only one can have his vengeance.”
The hunt is currently on for a director.
Greg A. Sager’s indie thriller Kingdom Come is hitting the worldwide market at Cannes courtesy Imagination and we’ve got an exclusive look at the trailer. It’s certainly low budget, but it also looks like an original spin on the “people trapped in an asylum” sun-genre.
“A group of strangers awake, trapped inside an old abandoned mental hospital. With no apparent way out and no one being able to remember how they even got there they begin searching for a way to escape. As they explore the cold, dark maze of corridors they realize they are not alone and that they are being stalked by supernatural forces with sinister intentions.
For Sam (Ry Barrett) and Jessica (Camille Hollett-French) keeping Celia, (Ellie O’Brien) the youngest member safe proves to be just as difficult as keeping the group together as hostilities grow between them. Everyone begins to question each others motives as secrets linking their pasts are revealed and that someone within the group is not who they say they are. One by one they begin to disappear, all that is left behind to be found by the others is the devastation and carnage of their demise.
As everything and everyone unravels they start to understand that all the windows that have been boarded up from the inside is not so much to keep them in, but keep whatever evil lurks outside… out. In this place nothing is as it seems and the decisions they make here will seal their fate forever.”
Katie Uhlmann, Ryan Bartlett, Camille Hollett-French, Kirsten Comerford all star. Check it out below! READ MORE
Zombie Diaries directors Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates are back with The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill, which now has some sales art for its Cannes Marketplace outing. Michael Bartlett, Kevin Gates and Craig Stovin star.
“In March 1963, a Black Mass was held in the ruined church at Clophill, Bedfordshire by a coven of dark witches. Tombs were looted, animals sacrificed and human bones arranged during a macabre ceremony. Further defilements continued at Clophill in the following years and disturbing sightings of paranormal activity have been witnessed at the isolated ruin ever since.
50 years on from the original incident, the events at Clophill have remained etched on the psyches of the local populace and for the first time, a documentary team was assembled to investigate the legend of the witches and to uncover the truth behind the paranormal events.
What followed during that long weekend was a terrifying journey into the unknown.” READ MORE
Revolver Picture Company has shared the following Cannes sales art for Beneath, which is to be directed by “30 Days of Night: Dark Days’” Ben Ketai.
With shooting already underway, the film stars Jeff Fahey, Kelly Noonan and Joey Kern, as well as Brent Briscoe, Rene Rivera, Mark L. Young, Kurt Caseres, David Shackelford, Ashway Lawver and Jason Masek.
Penned by Patrick J. Doody and Chris Valenziano, “A team of coal miners and a headstrong female lawyer who are trapped underground when the mine collapses. Turns out they are not the only ones who want to get to the surface.” READ MORE
Jim Jarmusch’s crypto-vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, which stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Anton Yelchin, has just been added to the competition lineup for the Cannes Film Festival. It’s Jarmusch’s first entry since Broken Flowers in 2005, per THR.
“Lovers” stars Hiddleston as Adam, an underground musician who’s deeply depressed by the direction of human activities. He reunites with his centuries-long lover, Eve (Swinton), though their idyll is soon interrupted by Eve’s wild and uncontrollable younger sister Ava (Wasikowska).
No word on a US release as of yet. READ MORE
We’ve got an exclusive look at the Cannes promo for Bleiberg Entertainment’s The Ganzfeld Experiment. If there was one group of kids who knew how to ghost hunt, it was this one. Bring the party to the ghosts I always say!
In the film, “In this sexy, paranormal thriller, four psychology students gather in a secluded house over a weekend to try the Ganzfeld Experiment, a test of their potential extrasensory perception (ESP) abilities. In doing so, they lose touch with what is and isn’t real as their senses betray them and they find themselves asking: what if you can’t forget that what you could not remember?”
Rumer Willis (Sorority Row), Toby Hemingway (Black Swan), Taylor Cole (“The Violent Kind”), and Ryan Donowho (Cabin Fever: Patient Zero) star alongside veteran actors Holt McCallany (Fight Club) and Dominic Purcell (“Prison Break”). It was written and directed by Michael Oblowitz (“This World, Then the Fireworks”).
Head inside to check it out! NSFW!!! READ MORE
We’ve got some potential sales art for Brad Anderson’s (Session 9) Eliza Graves, a psychological thriller from Nu Image/Millennium. The tale is loosely based on one of Edgar Allan Poe’s early works, a 1945 short story titled The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.
Yesterday it was reported that Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas, 21) was joining Kate Beckinsale in the pic. “Sturgess will star as a Harvard Medical School grad who takes a job a mental institution which the inmates have taken over and are posing as doctors. He becomes obsessed with the title character (Beckinsale), one of the patients.”
Joe Gangemi wrote the script. Producing are Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, Mark Amin, Cami Winikoff and Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli. David Higgins, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman are executive producing.
A June 21 production start date in Bulgaria is penciled in. Perhaps this is pre-sale art for Cannes. READ MORE
One of the freshest new serial killer films being shopped at Cannes and the like the past few months has been Glenn Withrow’s The Mooring. Its a solid horror film about a group of barely teenage girls who are addicted to technological devices, who have joined a rehabilitation camp with the intent of getting out into nature and away from electricity for a while. The only problem here, of course, is that nature is a wild beast that can not be tamed – and its spectrum includes predators. Not just animals. Man! READ MORE
Good news out of Cannes for fans of Johannes Roberts horror film, Storage 24, because it’s been sold in a number of territories.
Per Variety, “London-based international sales agent Independent has closed multiple deals on helmer Johannes Roberts’ ‘Storage 24.’ It sold to Klockworx in Japan, Focus & Co. in South Korea, IPA in Thailand and Vietnam, Lark Films in Hong Kong, Bier Film in Turkey and WEG in India… The film pre-sold before Cannes to Universal for the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia and Benelux.”
Storage 24 stars Noel Clarke (“Doctor Who”) and Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners) and is written by by Clarke, Davie Fairbanks and Marc Small. The film “is set in London after a military cargo plane has crashed, leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city.”
Head inside for the trailer! READ MORE
P2 helmer Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac, a remake of William Lustig’s cult horror film about a serial killer, has a partially complete trailer our of Cannes that’s actually pretty intense. The picture was written by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D, Mirrors, High Tension) and his producing/writing partner Grégory Levasseur. It stars Elijah Wood (The Lord Of The Rings and Nora Arnezeder (Safe House).
In the film, “Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. He finds victims on the Internet and stalks them like prey, all the while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill.”
Head inside to check out the trailer, courtesy of First Showing. It’s only partially complete but we’ll update when we have the whole thing. Oh, and it’s definitely NSFW what with all the nudity and killing etc… READ MORE
We first reported on this film back in November, and now it looks like UK Independent film Warhouse is going on the sales block early next week in France. Joseph Morgan (“Vampire Diaries”, Immortals) and Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Flypaper) star in the new film from director Luke Massey.
“In the role of Royal Marine, A.J. Budd, Joseph Morgan stars in this brutal psychological and supernatural thriller, in which he finds himself trapped in the Warhouse. Imprisoned, he is forced to fight for his life against grotesque, inhuman opponents. He must kill every day or die himself. His one glimmer of hope comes in the form of a diary, left by a former occupant of the house, WWI Lieutenant Edward Sterling, played by Matt Ryan.”
Watch the official website for more soon. READ MORE
I haven’t seen Kidnapped but I hear it’s a pretty brutal piece of work. Now, its director Miguel Angel Vivas screenwriter Alberto Marini (Sleep Tight) are bringing their Filmax backed I Will Die Tonight to the Cannes Film Market.
In the film, “Marcos and his family have found themselves the victims of a cruel fate. He is currently the only suspect in a murder case, his trial is about to begin and the only witness who could save him has disappeared without trace. Marcos discovers something much more sinister is behind all this. Someone has been plotting this revenge for a long time and is planning to see it out until the bitter end…”
Head inside for the full (small-ish) poster. READ MORE
Going to Cannes this week is the comedy thriller Bad Kids Go To Hell, based on a graphic novel by Matthew Spradlin. In the book, “A construction crew unearths a primal, supernatural force when they break ground for a new, commemorative library for Crestview Academy, a prestigious Midwestern prep-school and home to the spoiled offspring of the city’s social elite. Three years later, six of Crestview’s richest (and hottest) students are brought together early one Saturday for detention inside the newly completed library. Bored, the kids talk about their school’s infamous “dark presence,” and goad one another into a half-hearted seance. However, the joke turns deadly when they rouse an angry spirit, and start to die, one-by-one, in horrible accidents! Yet, as the kids drop like flies, are the murders really the work of an evil phantom, or has one of these six spoiled brats secretly conspired to bring them all together for detention in order to “level” the social playing field and do away with the competition?”
Judd Nelson, Amanda Alch, Marc Donato, Augie Duke, Roger Edwards, Ali Faulkner, Cameron Deane Stewart and Ben Browder all star. Spradlin directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Barry Wernick.
A new pretty cool new poster for the film just hit. You can check it out along with the trailer below. READ MORE
Premiering at Cannes this year will be Outsider Pictures’ new thriller 5 Souls. The Brett Donowho (At Silver Falls) directed film stars Ian Bohen (Pearl Harbor), Steve Bacic, Kristina Anapau (Black Swan), Steven Schub (The Thirteenth Floor), Samaire Armstrong (“The OC”) and Allison McAtee (“NCIS”). I haven’t seen the film yet, but I always tend to think hospitals make great settings for horror movies.
In the film, “After falling into a coma after a routine doctors visit, Noah awakens to find a man sitting at the end of is bed. The good news is that he has come to kill him, and then there is the bad news…” This clip comes straight from that premise, it’s here that we first see Noah awake in the hospital to less than a warm welcome.
Be sure to check in tomorrow for my interview with Donowho, who has four directorial features going to Cannes this year!
Producer Pierre Spangler (Underground, Superman) is taking two interesting horror projects to Cannes in order to complete financing. The first of which is I Am Legion which will be written by Richard Stanley and directed by Nacho Cerda (The Abandoned). The film is “a supernatural thriller set against the background of World War II. The film, budgeted in the $12m range, is targeting Romania for its shoot.” His second project, The Zombies That Ate The World, “is a futuristic saga set in a world where zombies walk among us and are relegated to the status of cheap labour. The film is being structured as a Canadian co-production to shoot in Canada.” Erik Canuel (Bon Cop, Bad Cop) is attached to direct from a script by Michael McKenzie.
Both projects are based on books from the French comic press Humanoids.
Then we have Bad Kids Go To Hell, based on a graphic novel by Matthew Spradlin. In the book, “A construction crew unearths a primal, supernatural force when they break ground for a new, commemorative library for Crestview Academy, a prestigious Midwestern prep-school and home to the spoiled offspring of the city’s social elite. Three years later, six of Crestview’s richest (and hottest) students are brought together early one Saturday for detention inside the newly completed library. Bored, the kids talk about their school’s infamous “dark presence,” and goad one another into a half-hearted seance. However, the joke turns deadly when they rouse an angry spirit, and start to die, one-by-one, in horrible accidents! Yet, as the kids drop like flies, are the murders really the work of an evil phantom, or has one of these six spoiled brats secretly conspired to bring them all together for detention in order to “level” the social playing field and do away with the competition?”
Judd Nelson, Amanda Alch, Marc Donato, Augie Duke, Roger Edwards, Ali Faulkner, Cameron Deane Stewart and Ben Browder all star. Spradlin directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Barry Wernick.
Check out the sales trailer inside! READ MORE
Director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) has a new film in the works called Kill Me Three Times. He hasn’t started shooting yet, but Cargo (its sales, financing and production company) is pre-selling the rights at Cannes. It will star Alice Braga (pictured above; I Am Legend, Predators), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom). Shooting is set to begin near the end of the year in Australia.
The film “takes place in Eagle’s Nest, an Australian surfing town where a young woman is the thread that binds three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge.”
And McLean certainly sounds enthused. Per Screen Daily, “From the moment Larry [producer Laurence Malkin] sent me the script, to the moment I breathlessly put it down with the words, ‘I must make this movie’ pounding through my mind, the project has become an obsession. To have such great actors on board is a dream come true.”
If you like Wolf Creek you should probably be excited too.
Premiering at Cannes this year will be Outsider Pictures’ new thriller 5 Souls. While I can’t quite suss out if this is for me or not, I always tend to think hospitals make great settings for horror films.
In the film, “After falling into a coma after a routine doctors visit, Noah awakens to find a man sitting at the end of is bed. The good news is that he has come to kill him, and then there is the bad news…”
The Brett Donowho (At Silver Falls) directed film stars Ian Bohen (Pearl Harbor), Steve Bacic, Kristina Anapau (Black Swan), Steven Schub (The Thirteenth Floor), Samaire Armstrong (“The OC”) and Allison McAtee (“NCIS”).
Little Studio Films signed Mick Garris (“The Shining,” “The Stand,” “Quicksilver Highway,” “Bag of Bones”) to direct Invasion, allegedly based on true events surrounding a reporter’s investigation into a possible UFO conspiracy in Washington DC. Casting is underway ahead of the start of production later this year. Screen Daily reports that the Los Angeles-based company will represent all rights to the sci-fi thriller at the Cannes market. “Its tone and style are reminiscent of “Mad Men” and Close Encounters of the Third Kind but with a strong, unique female lead,” Little Studio Films partner Alexia Melocchi said.
They also report that Causeway Pictures unveils two new horror pictures for the Cannes market. Red Mist screenwriter Spence Wright has written the script for the two Northern Irish based projects – Deadlocked and Vampires Verses Leprechauns – which will shoot consecutively in the autumn. Chris Baugh will direct Deadlocked, “a dark horror about a group of bankers trapped in a corporate tower as a zombie epidemic spreads around Belfast.” Horror comedy Vampires Verses Leprechauns, “about a small Irish village which is besieged by a group of vampires attempting to open a gateway to hell,” will be directed by first time feature film-maker Allan Gildea. Principal photography will take place on both in Northern Ireland.
Telespan 2000, Telecinco Cinema and Film Factory are teaming on Spanish slasher After Party, reports Variety. A smart genre shocker, After Party stars a young Spanish cast — Luis Hernandez (Three Steps Above the Sky) and Ursula Corbero (Paranormal Experience 3D). “It turns on a teen idol TV actor who wakes up with three girls after a wild party and, trapped in a house, receives cell phone vids of the real-time deaths of other party revelers, also locked up in the house. But things may not be quite how they seem.” First-time director Miguel Larraya directs, but Spanish genre specialists occupy key crew positions: After Party cinematographer is Pablo Rosso, d.p. on the REC franchise, composer is Lucas Vidal (Sleep Tight) and fx supervisor is Isidro Fernandez (Extraterrestrial). Screenplay is by Larraya and Fernando Sancristobal.
Out of Finland comes Jyri Kahonen‘s thriller Hush (formerly Ja saapuu oikea yo), which is being sold out of the upcoming Cannes market.
Starring Jemina Sillanpaa, Jarkko Niemi and Marti Suosalo, “When Sakari finds out that Veera – the woman he desperately loves and is about to marry – has been lying about her father being dead, he begins delving into her past. He finds the father and, well-intentioned, contrives to bring the two together. Little does he know, he is merely opening the door to a dark and harrowing history. Veera detests her father. She confronts Sakari, tells him she’d do anything for him, but what will he do for her? Sakari is pushed to the edge of an unwakeable nightmare when Veera starts to plot her father’s murder but the journey from scheming to reality pushes them both into a series of devastating events way beyond their control. Its only in the dirty aftermath, after he gives himself up, that Sakari learns the truth: that love is a roller-coaster ride, and this time, there is no getting off.”
Below we’ve added the first ever stills for the film, with a trailer
forthcoming now added. READ MORE
With Cannes 2011 almost upon us, Troma has released new poster art for The Toxic Avenger V: The Toxic Twins, which the company will be seeking international buyers for at the fest. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman and written by Collyn McCoy, the sequels follows the beloved hero as he deals with fatherhood and keeps the peace in Tromaville.
There’s also new art for Father’s Day and Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical, which you can find after the break. The former was drawn by The Dude Designs, who created the fantastic Innkeepers and Hobo With A Shotgun posters.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if he got to create the official Toxie V poster?