John Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine, Devil) will co-write As Above, So Below for Legendary Pictures in what amounts to that studio’s first “microbudget” film. John will direct the film and Drew will produce.
Per Variety, “No plot details were given but sources say it would follow two archaeologists in search of a lost treasure in the catacombs below Paris.”
It’ll definitely be interesting to see what they come up with here and how Legendary plays in a smaller sandbox. The budget is pegged at between $5 and $10 million, which isn’t “micro” at all. It’s just not “big.”
There are like 5 projects never seem to stop casting. “666 Park Avenue” is one of them. ABC’s supernatural-tinged drama pilot. has now added Helena Mattsson (pictured inside; Iron Man 2, Seven Psychopaths) to its roster of talent. She just recently wrapped the upcoming Babymakers. She joins the previously announced Vanessa Williams, Rachael Taylor, Dave Annabele and Terry O’Quinn.
Per Variety, “Mattsson, who will play the role of Alexis, recently appeared in the CW’s “Nikita” and also had a recurring role in “Desperate Housewives.” She will next be seen in the film “The Babymakers,” opposite Aisha Tyler and Olivia Munn.”
The thriller, based on the Gabriella Pierce book series of the same name, “centers on a young couple (Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable) that accepts an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City. They unwittingly begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building.”
The pilot was written by “Fringe” scribe David Wilcox. READ MORE
At the very least, it sounds like “666 Park Avenue” has kind of a killer premise. It’s about a young couple who move from the midwest to NYC and discover that the apartment building they’ve agreed to manage is filled with people who have made deals with the Devil.
And then you find out that ABC is working with the producers of “Gossip Girl” and “The Vampire Diaries” to bring this to you and you wonder if they might play it all for surface value.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “From Warner Bros. Television and Alloy, ’666 Park’ is based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce. Like the books, the drama centers on an innocent couple from the midwest that moves to New York and gets hired to be resident managers of a building on the Upper East Side. There, unbeknownst to the couple, the residents have all unwittingly made deals with the Devil to have their deepest needs, ambitions and desires fulfilled. David Wilcox is attached to adapt the project.”
What do you think? Can this team bring us something special or will it just be a quickly fizzling soap? READ MORE
Given the profitability of the original The Last Exorcism, which grossed $62.5 million worldwide on a budget of $1.6 million, a sequel was pretty much a foregone conclusion. We already knew that Damien Chazelle had been tapped to write the The Last Exorcism 2 and that Ashley Bell had once again agreed to star as Nell Sweetzer.
Now we know who’s directing. That’ll be Ed Gass-Donnelly (This Beautiful City, Small Town Murder Songs). And he’ll begin shooting the Eli Roth produced sequel soon. Like, next month soon.
Per Deadline, “Production has been set to begin on the sequel to horror/thriller hit The Last Exorcism next month in New Orleans. Ed Gass-Donnelly will direct the R-rated follow-up to the 2010 PG-13 pic that grossed $70 million worldwide on a budget of $1.5 million. Star Ashley Bell is returning to reprise her role as Nell Sweetzer for the Damien Chazelle-penned film. As with the original, Eli Roth is producing via Arcade Pictures with Eric Newman, Marc Abraham and Tom Bliss producing via Strike Entertainment.”
Interestingly enough, the article indicates that the producers are consciously aiming for an ‘R’ rating for this followup to the PG13 original. Producer Eric Newman, “The first film worked great as a PG-13 psychological film, but now we want to go R-rated and show the true horror of what this subject matter offers. The biggest creative challenge will be coming up with the right title!”
He’s right about the last bit. Is it too late to go the prequel route and call this film The 2nd To Last Exorcism? Whatever it’s called, delivery of the film is expected in late 2012, which I suppose means we’re looking at a January 2013 release date.
Just before everyone turned off their computers for the weekend, Paramount’s Insurge Pictures provided us with a viral teaser, one sheet and “living” poster for their micro-budget franchise starter, The Devil Inside, which comes from director and co-writer William Brent Bell (Stay Alive).
Opening in theaters January 6, 2012, the studio is using Paranormal Activity 3 as a launchpad and has now released the first full trailer for the found footage chiller that stars Bonnie Morgan, Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Preston James Hillier, Evan Helmuth, Suzan Crowley, D.T. Carney, and Ionut Grama.
The trailer is pretty awesome as it follows a girl who is scared that she may have the “crazy” gene where, like her mother, she’ll eventually go insane thinking she’s possessed. It looks like a mix between The Rite, The Exorcist and The Last Exorcism — but we all know how hard it is to deliver a truly scary possession film. ([REC]2 and The Exorcist are the only two extraordinary ones that pop into my head.) And as good as the trailer is, it gives away way too much. Hopefully, much like Paranormal Activity 3, none of the trailer footage is actually in the final version of the film…
“Her entire life, Isabella Torelli believed her mother brutally murdered three people because she was clinically insane. After being told the murders occurred during an exorcism she sets out to discover the truth. While documenting her experience with a film crew in Italy, she becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms.”
After teasing us with just a release month a few weeks ago, Universal Home Entertainment has officially announced the Devil Blu-Ray and DVD for December 21, almost 3 months to the day of when it hit the big screen. Shyamalan’s return to horror (in a producing and story capacity, that is) was a lot better than most people expected, carrying a Twilight Zone vibe and portraying a pretty decent game of 10 Little Indians. Specs are somewhat scarce for the release, and I’m absolutely perplexed by the uHear function, which was apparently included on Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Is this better than just rewinding it yourself? Can someone explain?
Tim has returned from another successful tour of the United States to join Danny! on the latest episode of Double Murder: Devil vs Prince of Darkness! As the first film in M Night Shyamalan’s “The Night Chronicles”, Devil shows you what happens when five strangers are trapped in an elevator with “The Devil”; stop being polite, and start getting real…dead. Can the detective and security guards watching on camera solve this supernatural mystery in time? Will Devil be as good as Unbreakable, or as bad as The Happening!? One of John Carpenter’s most overlooked films, Prince of Darkness combines theology with modern science to bring you a new twist on the God vs Satan concept. A group of graduate students and professors are tapped to unlock the mysteries that have been locked in a church basement for hundreds of years. As they get closer to discovering the truth, the evil escapes and immediately recruits to it’s army…that’s right…Alice Cooper. Tune in now (iTunes, inside, or on the Podcast page) to find out which one of these films is a hidden gem, and which one is to be avoided like the plague! And heed Danny!’s advice: Don’t be an asshole on Halloween!!!
While the main plot’s being kept under wraps, Chris Messina plays the lead role of Bowden, a sobered-up homicide detective who is involved with a group of people trapped in an elevator — when they begin to mysteriously die one by one.
On May 19th Dark Horse Comics will be ending Torajiro Kishi’s “DEVIL” storyline with the fourth and final issue in the mini-series. The title has been moderately successful, but never seemed to hit the point where I would call it ‘a must read’. However, like most stories of its ilk it has garnered a steady readership and following, and for those of you who are looking forward to next Wednesday we have the first 3 pages of the issue beyond the break. Read on for the skinny.
For those of you who are still keeping tabs on Dark Horse Comics’ vampire virus thriller, “DEVIL”, which is now 3 issues into its run, you can make the jump beyond the break to read the first 3 pages of the newest issue that drops Wednesday April 21st. “A virus is raging across the planet, turning people into bloodsucking superhumans referred to as “Devils.” Most victims die within days, sometimes months, but there’s a new strain, a new class of Devil that threatens to overtake mankind with power and bloodthirst. This new class of Devils derive from an experiment to clone a virus victim, and it looks like science has created a true monster this time. Can Takimoto and the Devil Investigation Section of the Tokyo police force stop this societal scourge? We’ll just have to see.”
In Dark Horse and Madhouse Publishing’s team effort “DEVIL” a virus is raging across the planet turning humans into blood-sucking super-humans called devils. Most of the infected die within days, sometimes even months after becoming sick. Others, the new strain, do not die but become stronger with time. Enter Investigating Officer Takimoto aka “Punisher”. A man who isn’t afraid to go Dirty Harry on The Cullen’s or any other vamps that get in his way. Read on for the full review.
This past Wednesday Dark Horse and Madhouse released the first issue of its original series ‘DEVIL’ which centers around a pandemic that leaves its hosts with a thirst for human blood. And though the first issue might have been less than impressive, the series itself still holds a lot of promise. Beyond the break you’ll find the first 3 pages of the second issue, which looks to give us more insight into the deep and and complex universe that the folks at Dark Horse and Madhouse have created.
In January we brought you a first look at Dark Horse comics new series “DEVIL”, that is a collaborative effort with Japan based publishers Madhouse (“TRIGUN”, “NINJA SCROLL”). Since then however the title has shifted dates from February 3rd, up to a February 17th release date, and news on the title has been scarce. However today a 6 page preview has surfaced, and if they are a telling example of what kind of a story we can expect to see, then you can consider me excited. Read on for the full preview.
It’s always an exciting time for comic book fans when two large publishing companies join forces to bring something unique and different to a cluttered genre. Enter Dark Horse and Japan based Madhouse Publishing (“TRIGUN”, “PAPRIKA”, “NINJA SCROLL” )who are combining their efforts with the sci-fi horror title “DEVIL” being released this February. Read on for the details.