A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
A few weeks back we were all pretty surprised when it was announced that MTV had given the greenlight to the “Scream” pilot. I mean, development talk is one thing – but a go-ahead to start production is a much bigger commitment. It was also announced that Wes Craven was in discussions to come back to direct the hour-long pilot, which Craven himself confirmed today. Although he won’t commit unless he approves of the script (which seems like a logical ask on his part).
He tweeted the following, “A lot of you have asked about the Scream TV series. It’s true I’ve been approached. My response was, it would depend on the script… If they have a great script/concept, it could be fun. If not, not.”
So do a good job, whoever you are writing it. You’re probably not Kevin Williamson, or else we would know. Dimension Films will co-produce. If “Scream” receives a series order it will hit in late summer 2014. READ MORE
New has just hit that MTV is moving forward with an official pilot order for “Scream”, per THR. This comes after nearly a year of speculation, but now it seems all but pre-determined that this thing will actually be shot. Will we ever see it? IE, will it make it to series? My guess is yes – it’s too well known of a property for MTV to not test the waters on it (unless they find the pilot to be atrocious, but I’m guessing they won’t).
Wes Craven is in discussions to come back to direct the pilot, which will be an hour-long. It appears as though Kevin Williamson will not be returning since MTV is currently taking meetings with other writers. This also probably means the death of Scream 5.
There’s no word on if any of the original cast will be back. My guess is they certainly wouldn’t star, but we might see a cameo here and there.
Dimension Films will co-produce. If “Scream” receives a series order it will hit in late summer 2014.
Dimension Films’ Scary Movie 5 opens in theaters April 12. Hopefully I won’t be there. But here it is, a clip – or outtake, rather – featuring Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan! Wooo!
Ashley Tisdale is the lead, while it also features Terry Crews, Marisa Saks, Erica Ash, Simon Rex, Molly Shannon, Roland Powell, Heather Locklear and Katt Williams.
It’s from the same producer as the third and fourth Scary Movie sequels. In the film from director Malcolm Lee, “Snooty, aloof, imperious, and oversexed French dance company director Pierre is putting on a new production. Jody (Tisdale), a Caucasian late-20s mother of two and her late-20s African American friend Kendra (Ash) are both vying for the lead in the production. Jody’s extremely controlling former dancer mother is determined that Jody will have the brilliant career that eluded her. The highly skilled mid-30s Diva veteran dancer with the company, Heather Daltry (Shannon), gets cut from the production and goes berserk.”
Scary Movie 5, which is said to be a reboot of sorts, will spoof: Black Swan, Paranormal Activity, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 127 Hours. READ MORE
Josh Hamilton (Away We Go, Outsourced) has his work cut out for him in Dark Skies. He plays Daniel Barrett, whose wife (Keri Russell) and kids (Dakota Goyo and Kaden Rockett) – not to mention himself – are being tormented by sinister forces. Hamilton is required to straddle the line between skeptical and protective and it’s something he pulls off well.
In the supernatural thriller directed by Scott Charles Stewart “Follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family.”
Dark Skies hits theaters tomorrow, February 22 from Dimension Films. Head inside for the interview! READ MORE
September 2011. Two months after I started working here at Bloody-Disgusting, I found myself pulling news duty while Mr. Disgusting was reporting in from TIFF. I wasn’t very familiar with the way the festival worked at the time and had no idea that its Midnight Madness section was such a traditionally fertile ground to introduce great new horror films to the marketplace.
One film that had a lot of heat going into the fest – and not necessarily a lot of heat coming out – was Livide (now Livid) from Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Their gory debut film had people primed for another bloodbath, but what they got was something much, much different.
From Mr. Disgusting’s (quite positive) review, “Livid is not going to make fans of Inside happy. In fact, I expect most of you to despise it with pure venom. But I implore you all to manage your expectations, shift your thinking, and go in with a clear mind. My hope is that you’ll find a place in your heart for this moody art house horror pic, one that’s sure to be trashed across the board.”
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Eli Roth (Hostel, Inglourious Basterds ) is having a good TIFF! Deadline is reporting that Dimension has picked up both two of his producing projects at the fest. His completed starring feature Aftershock (which is soon having its world premiere at the fest) and his yet-to-be-filmed Clown. This means we’ll be seeing both of them in theaters at some point, as a wide release is part of the deal.
Per Deadline, “Bob Weinstein’s Dimension Films is near a deal to acquire ‘Aftershock’, which is screening here, and ‘Clown’, which will start production soon. These are two Eli Roth-produced genre films. Roth stars in ‘Aftershock’. I’ve heard that the minimum guarantee commitment is upwards of $2 million for each film, plus a guarantee of a wide theatrical release.”
In Aftershock, “In Chile, an American tourist’s vacation goes from good to great when he meets some beautiful women travellers. But when an earthquake ravages the underground nightclub they’re in, a fun night quickly turns to terror. Escaping to the surface is just the beginning as they face nightmarish chaos above ground. Starring Eli Roth and Selena Gomez.”
In Clown, “a loving father dons a clown outfit, wig, bulbous nose and pancake makeup to entertain at his son’s sixth birthday after the clown-for-hire is a no-show. Unable to take off the clown garb, dad’s personality changes in horrific fashion. He and his family race to break the curse of the evil outfit before he undergoes a complete transformation into a homicidal killer with over-sized shoes.”
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6th-16th.
Update: Variety is reporting that Mark Webber (pictured below) of Scott Pilgrim and Broken Flowers is in talks to star.
Dimension Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller Angry Little God from director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). IM Global will finance and produce the film, an English-language remake of the Thai thriller 13: Game Of Death (pictured above) alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik and Kiki Miyake. Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Sinister, Paranormal Activity, Insidious) will executive produce with Somsak Techaratanaprasert.
The film – cowritten by Stamm and David Birke “follows a bright but meek social services coordinator who’s drowning in debt and desperate as he’s about to marry the love of his life. He receives a mysterious phone call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a cash prize of over $6,000,000. He accepts the challenge, but even with thousands of dollars suddenly appearing in his bank account, he realizes he’s in over his head. Trapped into the horrors manipulated by unseen spectators, his need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow more extreme, to a devastating point of no return.”
Have you seen 13: Game Of Death? READ MORE
Dimension has acquired the US rights to the new thriller Compulsion, which stars Heather Graham (pictured inside; The Hangover, License To Drive), Carrie-Anne Moss (Suburbia, The Matrix), Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) and Kevin Dillon (“Entourage”, The Blob). The film is directed by Egidio Coccimiglio and was written by Floyd Byars.
The film, “is based on the South Korean film ’301, 302′ and centers on two women occupying neighboring apartments, each grappling with obsessions that have begun to overtake their lives. Graham portrays Amy, a vivacious, calculating chef whose need to be desired is so far-reaching that she becomes a star in her own imaginary cooking show. Moss is Saffron, a reclusive but alluring ex-child star who is battling anorexia. Their complex, ever-intensifying relationship builds to a surprising climax as their emotional connections to food and one another boil over.”
It is currently shooting in Ontario, Canada. READ MORE
Halloween 3D isn’t gonna happen this year. Aside from the fact that it’s no longer listed on Dimension’s release schedule, it’s also simple math. It’s March. For a quality film to come out by October it would at least have to start shooting around now. But not only is Halloween 3D not shooting, it’s not even in pre-production. There’s no cast. There’s no approved script. It’s still in development.
When BD’s Brian Collins sat down for a chat with Todd Farmer about the status of this project back in September, the date still looked to be October of this year, if not sooner. Farmer had worked on a draft that the studio had set aside, but his takeaway from the experience was that Dimension wanted it soon, regardless of whose take they ultimately might end up using. “Absolutely. The date has been set. October of 2012. And even that can be pushed forward if the movie’s ready, like the last couple.”
Apparently things have changed and Dimension hasn’t found a take on it that excites them. In a way, this could be perceived as good news. It’s widely known that Dimension still wants to make the project, and I take it their enthusiasm for the brand hasn;t dimmed since last year’s Farmer interview. Perhaps they’re just putting a lot of care into making sure it’s done right this time.
When the Halloween franchise returns, where would you like to see it go? A continuation of Rob Zombie’s path (not likely)? Or a whole new take? What would it look like to you? READ MORE