Although we already reported some of this months ago, we were asked to remove the story as the deal was far from complete. Deadline is reporting that Universal has now officially acquired remake rights to the awesome Phasma ex Machina, the small independent feature directing debut by Matt Osterman that was the toast of the genre film festival circuit.
The studio acquired the project as a pitch for a horror movie called Our House, and the studio has attached Gary Shore to direct the remake and Nathan Parker to write it.
Phasma ex Machina, which was retitled Ghost From the Machine when it was acquired by Screen Media and released on DVD and VOD, “ponders the grey area between life and death and how science can bridge the two. The protagonist is a young man who is raising his little brother after their parents die in a car crash. His desire to bring them back prompts him to invent a machine designed to be a conduit to the grey beyond, and his success proves dangerous to himself and everyone around him.”
Although you may no longer feel the love for the friendliest ghost of all time, try to think back to your childhood and remember how awesome this guy was. Casper took away the fear of ghosts, giving children hope that if they ever encountered a real ghost, it might not be so scary (though it would be absolutely terrifying). Although you may not want to read this, think of the children! This Halloween, KiZoic brings Casper back comic books. Read on for the skinny…
Eric McCormack (“Trust Me,” Alien Trespass ) is starring in Barricade, the latest film from WWE Studios (you know, the guys behind See No Evil, and a little thing called “wrestling”). The deal marks the first time the company is making a picture that doesn’t star one of its WWE superstars.
What’s exciting about this project is that it’ll put Fido director Andrew Currie back behind the camera in Vancouver later this month. I was a huge fan of that movie; I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t.
Written by Michaelbrent Collings, “the supernatural thriller centers on a psychiatrist, seeking to find normalcy after the sudden passing of his wife, who takes his two kids to a remote cabin for healing and bonding. Their joy soon turns to despair when the family is terrorized by unknown forces and the father will stop at nothing to save them from peril.”
Conner Dwelly (Conner Dwelly) and Ryan Grantham (Goblin, Altitude, Zombie Punch) are in negotiations to play the two kids.
Sweden has, in my eyes, some of the best music acts these days. You’ve got Opeth, In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Meshuggah, Pain Of Salvation; the list goes on and on. These bands, and more from the Scandinavian region, are often credited with shaping today’s metal scene. Most of the time, these bands are focused on moving forward, creating the next iconic sound. Ghost has taken the opposite approach and went back in time, forging a Satanic heavy metal album that hearkens back to the 70’s and 80’s NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). Does it work or is it too pretentious for it’s own good? Check after the jump for answer.
So, it’s just a few more days until 2011 and that means a whole year of new releases from some of your favorite bands. Well, we’ve got a partial list and we want to know what you’re looking forward to. Check after the jump to see partial lists from Century Media Records, Sumerian Records, and Metal Blade Records. Keep in mind that release dates shift, new bands are added to the roster, and other quirky last minute things crop up. And if you’re interested, I’ll be marking several albums that I’m really excited for.
The spirit of a long-dead prisoner returns for revenge, haunting the prison’s new governor.