We’ve been keeping our coverage of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games to an absolute minimum until we know exactly what kind of movie it is. I’m getting the feeling this will be more “teen” than the original promise of Battle Royale meets Running Man. Still, it looks kind of cool.
In theaters March 23 from director Gary Ross, we’ve landed the first official clip that displays Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) showing off her bow and arrow skills, only she’s being completely ignored.
“Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss (Lawrence) is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.” READ MORE
The Terminator, Aliens, Near Dark, Frailty and Twister star Bill Paxton has been cast in The Colony directed by Jeff Renfroe, as reported by Deadline. Renfroe co-wrote The Colony with Patrick Tarr and Pascal Trottier.
Paxton stars alongside previously announced Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Zegers in the feature “about a small group of survivors living in the aftermath of a future ice age who live underground fighting for their lives in a society that disintegrates into cannibalism and violence.”
Production is now underway in Toronto. READ MORE
It has been a whopping 13 years since Dan Aykroyd wrote an early draft for Ghostbusters 3, which would eventually transform into the version penned by “Office” writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky about a new generation of ‘busters. Over the past few years the Columbia-produced sequel has hit snag after snag, leading up to various internet rumors surrounding Bill Murray. The fact is, he’s too busy with life to star, and Aykroyd respects that…
“I honestly don’t know. At this point it’s in suspended animation,” Aykroyd tells the Daily Telegraph in response to . “The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn’t want to be involved. He’s got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He’s into this life and living it. I know we’d have a lot of fun [but] I can’t be mad at him. He’s a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn’t want to know.”
He’s recently begun to consider recasting Murray’s role with another actor. It’s also been suggested that he could return as a CGI ghost…
“We’re not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I’m the cheerleader, but I’m only one voice in the matter. It’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio.”
The article visually described Aykroyd’s look as “pained.” Hopefully they can just suck it up and move on without Murray, or at least officially can the sequel so we can stop speculating. READ MORE
Twitch Film is reporting that Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Martha Marcy May Marlene) has been offered the lead role of “Maria” in Spike Lee’s Oldboy, his remake of the Korean thriller that will star Josh Brolin in the lead role. For the female lead both Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska had been offered and rejected the part.
In Park Chan-wook’s 2003 Korean original, “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.”
The remake has been riddled with casting issues over at Warners. It’ll be interesting to see if this or Akira gets off the ground first. READ MORE
The Asylum’s latest haunted house spooker, The Haunting of Whaley House, officially announced the casting of cult icon Lynn Lowry.
Lynn has been a fixture in horror films since she first appeared as a blood-crazed hippie in I Drink Your Blood and has gone on to work with George Romero in the original The Crazies and David Cronenberg in Shivers.
Also the film’s composer has been locked in, and the sinister score will be provided by newcomer Graham Denman, who is looking to put a unique spin on things musically.
Produced by The Asylum, The Haunting of Whaley House begins filming on March 4th for an anticipated late 2012 release. READ MORE
Snatch, Trainspotting and Jack the Giant Killer star Ewen Bremner has booked a trip on the Snow Piercer, says Variety. Cast already includes Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer.
The Host‘s Bong Joon-ho is helming the sci-fi thriller from a script he co-penned with Kelly Masterson; Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) is producing. Set in a world covered in snow and ice, the story follows a train full of travelers who struggle to co-exist. Bremner plays a father who joins forces with Evans’ character to save his kidnapped son. READ MORE
While I struggle to get through episodes of season two, AMC is already casting up the third of “The Walking Dead,” announcing that David Morrissey (State Of Play) has landed one of the most anticipated roles.
Deadline reports that the British actor is set to join the megahit zombie drama as a new series regular in Season 3, playing “The Governor,” a popular character from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel that serves as the basis for the AMC series. Sorry Tom Savini.
Frankly, I believe he/this story arc could be the turning point this franchise needs.
The Governor is the leader of Woodbury, a small settlement of survivors, and becomes the chief antagonist for “The Walking Dead”‘s lead Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group. READ MORE
Contrary to other website’s premature reports, Danielle Harris has NOT signed on to star in Greg Beville’s Blackstar Canyon. The star refuted the claims via her Twitter.
Other actors unconfirmed, but in talks, are Brian Krause, Tiny Lister, Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and Belinda Balaski (The Howling).
“Blackstar Canyon is located in eastern Orange County, California, near the Santa Ana mountain range. During 1831–1875 hundreds of Native Americans were slaughtered by white landowners to make room for larger ranches. With the removal of the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe members, the new settlers prospered with silver and coals mining for a brief time until the deposits were used up completely.
In modern times the largely abandoned mining site is the source of many occult rumors.
This shadowy valley was also the destination for two young couples from Laguna Beach High during Spring Break 2006. Their goal was to spend the night in Blackstar Canyon and see who would survive the urban legend dangers that haunt the area. Tyler and Alissa soon learned the secret the remaining townsfolk were protecting in the center of the mineshafts of Blackstar Canyon.” READ MORE
He may just be the creepiest member of “True Blood”’s Vampire Authority — because he looks harmless, but is quite the opposite.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that young Jacob Hopkins (Priest) has landed the recurring role as the final member of “True Blood”’s highest vampire governing body, the Vampire Authority.
Hopkins plays “Alexander Drew,” one of the Authority’s chancellors who was turned to darkness at the age of 9-years-old. Alexander is described as an impetuous vamp who likes to taunt those around him.
In addition “General Hospital” and “Cougar Town” actress Carolyn Hennesy will fill the final vacancy on the Authority.
Season 5 is currently in production and premieres this summer on HBO. READ MORE
Laurence Fishburne (Contagion, Predators, Event Horizon) is in final negotiation to star in The Colony, a $16 million Canadian indie feature scheduled to shoot in Toronto through March 30, reports THR.
Frozen and Vampire star Kevin Zegers is also near to joining the cast for the sci-fi thriller “about a group of underground survivors after the next Ice Age fending off an invasion of feral cannibals.”
Jeff Renfroe is now directing The Colony, based on a script he co-wrote with Patrick Tarr, Pascal Trottier and Svet Rouskov.
Producers are keeping the cast list under wraps until production gets underway in Toronto on February 22. READ MORE
Now that the long-gestured Beautiful Creatures is gearing up for production, Alcon has slated the Richard LaGravenese-directed genre flick starring Viola Davis, Jack O’Connell, Alice Englert and Emma Thompson for release on February 1, 2013.
“The first of a five-novel series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. In the first book, high-school student Ethan Wate meets and becomes bewitched by Lena Duchannes, a 16-year-old whose family has moved to the small South Carolina town where he lives. The two must confront a curse that has haunted her family for generations as she comes to grips with her powers.”
The pic is to be released via Warner Bros. Pictures. READ MORE
Peter Mensah will join HBO’s “True Blood” in a recurring role as “Kibwe,” Chancellor for the Authority, reports Deadline.
Originally from Africa, Kibwe works toward mainstreaming under “Roman”‘s tenure. Mensah has appeared in films including Zack Snyder’s 300, Antoine Fuqua’s Tears Of The Sun, Touchstone Picture’s Hidalgo and James Cameron’s Avatar. His television credits include “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Witchblade,” “The Pretender” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
Created by Alan Ball, “In a world where vampires have “come out of the coffin”, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress, discovers a new world of different creatures when she meets Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a vampire.”
Season 5 begins this summer! READ MORE
Rhys Wakefield (pictured below; Sanctum ) will star opposite Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge and Tony Oller in sci-fi thriller Vigilandia being helmed by writer-director James DeMonaco.
In addition, Bloody Disgusting exclusively scored a small taste of plot details that, until now, have been kept under wraps. The sci-fi thriller takes place in a future where a new regime, called “New Founding Fathers of America”, seek to control an epidemic of violence and crime with an experiment called “The Cure”. The Cure is a completely hypocritical “event” where, three times a year, for 12 hours, murder is completely legal. The film is said to play like a home invasion film with a heavy political theme. It’s planned to be the first film in a post-apocalyptic franchise.
Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes’ (Brad Fuller and Andrew Form) – responsible for Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes – are producing with Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious).
Filming is currently underway in Los Angeles. READ MORE
Now this is what I call out-of-the-box casting.
Thumbsucker and Carriers star Lou Taylor Pucci (an ex-Sundance darling once targeted by Steven Spielberg) is in talks to join the young ensemble of The Evil Dead remake.
Pucci will play Eric, an intense academic whose intellectual curiosity gets his group of friends into trouble. In short, he’ll be reading out of the “Book of the Dead” and resurrecting “Him”.
He joins Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Bruce Campbell i the remake of Raimi’s classic being helmed by Fede Alvarez.
FilmDistrict hopes to get it into theaters by April 12, 2013. READ MORE
A rep for Sony Pictures has confirmed to EW that Miley Cyrus is no longer set to voice Mavis, the daughter of Dracula (Adam Sandler), in the Sony Picture Animation production Hotel Transylvania.
The studio had no comment on why Cyrus was leaving the film, and Cyrus’ rep did not immediately return a request seeking comment.
It was reported last November that Cyrus had joined the production to play the teenage daughter of the famed vampire, who constructs an elaborate resort for things that go bump in the night as a way of protecting his daughter from the real world.
The rest of the cast includes Kevin James as Frankenstein, Fran Drescher as the Bride of Frankenstein, David Spade as the Invisible Man, David Koechner as Quasimodo, Cee Lo Green as Murray the Mummy, and Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon as a pair of werewolves.
Genndy Tartakovsky (Star Wars: Clone Wars) is directing the film, which is slated for release on September 21, 2012. READ MORE
New Line and director James Wan (Insidious, Saw) are rounding out the cast of horror pic The Warren Files, signing up Hayley McFarland (“Lie to Me,” “An American Crime”) and Shanley Caswell (Detention) to play members of the family beset by a haunted house, reports Variety.
Mackenzie Foy and Joey King have already been tapped to play the younger sisters in the true-life Perron family. McFarland and Caswell will portray the oldest siblings.
The Perrons claimed they “lived among the dead” in the 1970s as spirits — both friendly and sinister — inhabited their Rhode Island farmhouse. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are playing the investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Lilli Taylor and Ron Livingston will portray the Perrons.
Peter Safran and Tony DeRosa-Grund will produce The Warren Files — formerly titled The Conjuring — through the Safran Co. and DeRosa-Grund’s Evergreen Media Group. Rob Cowan will also produce. Wan is directing from a script by Chad and Carey Hayes with shooting scheduled to start February 21 in North Carolina. READ MORE
Jack O’Connell (pictured below) and Alice Englert are in final negotiations to join Viola Davis in Beautiful Creatures, Alcon’s adaptation of a novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, reports THR.
Richard LaGravanese adapted the book, the first in a series, and is directing. Warner Bros., which has an output deal with Alcon, is releasing the movie.
“Set in the South, Creatures centers on two high school teens who must confront a curse that has haunted the girl’s family for generations.”
O’Connell appeared in the British TV series “Skins” as well as movies such as the Michael Caine-starrer Harry Brown and the Australian horror movie Eden Lake, which featured then-rising actor Michael Fassbender and was directed by The Woman in Black‘s James Watkins. READ MORE
Production is still to get underway on Warner Bros. Pictures long-gestured The Seventh Son, yet they continue to cast away. With hopes of going behind the camera this April, “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington is in final negotiations to join the cast of Warners and Legendary Pictures’ exorcism flick, says Variety.
He joins a cast that already includes Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander with Sergey Bodrov helming.
Formerly known as “The Spook’s Apprentice,” tale is adapted from Joseph Delaney’s young adult series about a teen who’s the seventh son of a seventh son, and learns about wizardry from a forbidding spook.
Harington will play the former apprentice of Bridges’ character.
Bodrov is producing “Seventh Son,” along with Legendary’s Thomas Tull, Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni and former Legendary exec Alysia Cotter will exec produce.
Matt Greenberg penned the script. WB hopes to get this in theaters by February 15, 2012. READ MORE
Those of you who are dying for a few clues as to what to expect from the second season of “American Horror Story,” show creator Ryan Murphy opened up a bit on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” Monday night.
As discovered by TV Line, during a round of WWHL’s “Plead the Fifth,” Murphy confirmed that Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange will appear in some capacity during the FX horror show’s sophomore season. As for other returning actors, the exec producer told Cohen, “I’m in negotiations with four of the people who were on last year’s show, and none of them were the Harmons” — which means Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott or Taissa Farmiga are all long gone.
Murphy also teased that the upcoming season will take place on the East Coast in a “horror institution.” Now that’s a way to kick it up a notch!
Watch both videos inside. READ MORE
Bloody Disgusting got exclusive word that the Weinstein Company may actually get the long-gestured Kristy off the ground.
We’ve been tipped off that Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls, Don’t Say a Word ) is now in the director’s chair with a shoot date slated for this coming April. Penned by Tony Jaswinski, the slasher is being pegged as The Strangers on a college campus. It follows a college coed who stays in her dorm during Thanksgiving and is terrorized by four masked assailants on the empty campus — the killers are up against far more than they bargained for.
The Weinstein Company hopes to land Harry Potter star Emma Watson in the lead role of “Justine”, although talks have yet to get underway.
David Kirschner is producing with his David Kirschner Productions. READ MORE
BooBoo Stewart – Seth Clearwater in Taylor Lautner’s Wolf Pack in the Twilight franchise – has landed a role in House of the Damned 3D, reports Market Saw.
Penned by Sebastian Locke and Joe Knetter, “Five friends band together to save the historic part of their town and inadvertently become targets of a serial killer after uncovering the truth behind a series of grisly murders that went unsolved… until now!”
Producers Michael George, David Forbes, Ethan Terra, Nick Smith, and John Sweeney are currently locking cast and in talks with the legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike. Filming is set to begin late March in Baton Rouge and Clinton, Louisiana. READ MORE
Clancy Brown (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Burrowers, John Dies at the End) and Ethan Peck (In Time) have joined the cast of Nothing to Fear, the horror thriller being directed by creature and storyboard artist Anthony Leonardi III as the feature producing debut of former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash and his new horror label Slasher Films, says THR.
Anne Heche, James Tupper and Willa Holland are already on board for the movie which “centers on a family whose journey towards a better life in a small town is savagely derailed by a charismatic but emotionally conflicted man of the cloth.” Brown is set as the evil pastor while Peck will play a townsperson with a past.
Producing with Slash are partners Rob Eric and Michael Williams. READ MORE
Tony Oller, who played Danny on the Disney Channel’s “As the Bell Rings,” has been offered the young male lead in Universal’s upcoming horror sci-fi thriller Vigilandia, TheWrap has learned.
Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane and Edwin Hodge star in the movie, which James DeMonaco wrote and is directing.
Oller most recently starred alongside Dennis Quaid in Beneath the Darkness. Before that, he was one of the stars of the Nickelodeon series, “Gigantic.”
Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing through Blum’s Blumhouse and Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Why Not Productions also is producing.
The movie is scheduled to begin shooting on February 13. READ MORE
Meet your new female “Ash”…
Jane Levy (pictured below; Fun Size) is in talks to play the lead in the remake of Evil Dead that Fede Alvarez will direct shortly, says Deadline. She replaces Lily Collins, who exited the film recently.
In FilmDistrict’s remake of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, Levy’s plays Mia, a character that corresponds to Ash, who was played by Bruce Campbell in the original 1981 movie.
Mia is one of five young people who head to the remote cabin where evil awaits. Recovering from a recent overdose, Mia is particularly vulnerable.
Raimi, Campbell and Rob Tapert are producing with Ghost House Pictures. Fede Alvarez is directing and co-wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) revised the latest draft. The movie is targeted to open April 12, 2013. READ MORE