Plot details are under wraps other than the film would have a mockumentary angle centered around time travel.
The lid is shut tight on Supermax’s plot, but it is described as a high-concept, found-footage project.
The protagonist is a beleaguered detective named Lucie Hennebelle, who discovers that his friend comes down with a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare and spectacularly violent film from the 1950s. The cop discovers that the film has been embedded with subliminal images that those who come in contact with it end up deal. The detective teams with a Paris cop who has been trying to figure out the film’s connection to five men murdered and left in the woods. Together they get to the bottom of what has to be the most disturbing and powerful film ever made. It has global and scientific implications, and its maker might well be the personification of evil and the origins of violence.
Paramount Pictures has released a new one sheet for World War Z which features a few slight differences in its depiction of Brad Pitt overseeing the destruction below him. See if you can spot them!!
In theaters June 31 from director Marc Forster, the zombie epic stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, and David Morse.
“The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.” READ MORE
There’s a lot of app talk today, isn’t there? Well World War Z is getting in on it too! Paramount Digital Entertainment and Phosphor Games Studio bring have announced the iOS and Android app for release on May 30th.
“Offering a fully immersive experience, players are dropped into the middle of the World War Z chaos. Casual and core gamers will both love the game’s action-packed first person experience and electrifying story. Featuring 28 visceral levels, intense combat, engaging puzzles, upgradable weapons and armor, an unlimited challenge mode, and a global scale, this game challenges you: play to survive.”
Meanwhile the film is in theaters June 31 from director Marc Forster. The zombie epic stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, and David Morse.
Check out the trailer and stills below! READ MORE
Imagine that’s not Brad Pitt up there, but a Paramount Pictures exec – surveying the scorched earth that resulted from the shoot of World War Z and wondering what the future holds. Just a few days ago director Marc Forster claimed that they hadn’t done that much re-shooting saying, “No, seven weeks is not correct. We shot for about four-and-a-half. Reshooting was always normal! …Our reshoots were a little more exposed in the press because we had a different ending. We felt a different ending would serve the movie better. It’s the same if you’re buying a house and you roll out a nice Persian carpet for your living room and you realize it doesn’t really fit.”
That, again, no longer seems to be the case. There’s a story hitting Vanity Fair soon about the production, a production now promises to be the stuff of Hollywood legend, and I say this based on the preview alone.
Marc Evans, president of production at Paramount, recalls seeing the initial cut for the first time, “It was, like, Wow. The ending of our movie doesn’t work. I believed in that moment we needed to reshoot the movie. We were going to have long, significant discussions to fix this.”
What did those discussions entail? READ MORE
A lawsuit has been filed against Paramount and the producers of Paranormal Activity 4 alleging they stole ideas and story elements from a pitch meeting. Per THR, “Writer-director Michael Costanza has sued Paramount and producers of Paranormal Activity 4 claiming that the film used specific concepts from his work without permission and without credit or compensation.” Costanza also wrote and directed The Collingswood Story.
This meeting seems to have taken place around the development period of Paranormal Activity 2, since he submitted his take back in 2010. “Costanza says he was told at the time that producers Steven Schneider and Spencer Medof were not interested in his concepts… He now says that the story he wanted to tell is almost identical to what was later used in ‘Paranormal Activity 4′… Costanza is suing for unspecified damages and an order forcing the defendants to destroy all materials based on his concepts.”
Costanza also alleges that PA4 uses his “material [which] included details of webcam chats by characters in their late teens.”
Needless to say this is a complicated manner and these kind of lawsuits happen with a fair degree of regularity. We’ll keep you informed in regard to any developments.
Some cool news for original, found footage, horror this evening as Paramount has given the greenlight to Platinum Dunes‘ Almanac. Michael Bay will produce through his Platinum Dunes banner along with his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Newcomer Dean Israelite will direct, per Variety.
Plot details are under wraps other than the film would have a mockumentary angle centered around time travel. The script is by Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan penned the script.
The film is currently casting, expect it to be mainly new faces.
Two very different projects got announced this evening. The first of which is Muse, the comeback film of sorts for Nick Palumbo (he of Murder-Set-Pieces infamy). The film will likely have to be cut to receive an “R”, but starts shooting on April 15th. Palumbo wrote and will direct the film. He’ll also produce alongside David Palumbo and James Cullen Bressack for their Fright Flix banner. The film stars Samantha Mion and Patrick Scott Lewis
Per Deadline, “ Psychological horror Muse introduces newcomer Samantha Mion as an actress descending into homicidal madness in Los Angeles. Patrick Scott Lewis (Zodiac) co-stars as a fellow actor.”
On the sunnier, more studio, side of life – Supermax is now a thing. Marc Haimes, who used to be a Dreamworks exec but who has since penned Jitters and is writing the Trollhunter remake, sold the pitch to Paramount via Pacific Rim producer Mary Parent‘s Disruption Entertainment.
Per THR, “The lid is shut tight on Supermax’s plot, but it is described as a high-concept, found-footage project. While the project may be secret, Haimes’ credits reveal it’s likely to be deep in genre territory.”
My guess about Supermax? Set in a prison. Security cams provide the found footage source. Could be wrong though!
Last Friday, Paramount Pictures invited a group of journalists to the lot to check out about 20 minutes of footage from World War Z, which is out on June 21st. After a quick hello from Brad Pitt, we saw the 3D version of the trailer that’s hitting theaters today (it hit the web earlier this week), which actually looked pretty good for a post-conversion. Following the trailer we saw about 20 minutes of footage culled together from the first two acts of the film. Then we were given a group interview with director Marc Forster, during which he fielded the questions that have been on a lot of our minds during this film’s lengthy production process.
Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse all star in the film that “ revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.”
Head inside for my thoughts on the footage and the interview with Forster! READ MORE
Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Marc Forster’s World War Z, their action packed zombie movie raising the dead on June 21st. This trailer hints at the massive global scope of the film and includes a nifty new airplane scene. I attended a special event for the film yesterday, and will be sharing my thoughts on it late next week.
Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.
“The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.”
Head inside to check it out! READ MORE
Last week we were invited to an event at L.A.’s infamous Linda Vista Hospital for a guided tour of the establishment that involved a few other surprises and guests to commemorate today’s Blu-ray/DVD release of Paramount’s The Devil Inside.
Originally opened in 1904 by the Santa Fe Railroad, the once heralded hospital fell into disrepair by the 1980s and became known for its high number of patient deaths. Now long-abandoned, and rife with tales of terrifying happenings throughout the decades, the hospital provided an ideal setting for a foray into the world beyond what we see…
Attending press learned about the hospital’s chilling manifestations from members of the “Boyle Heights Paranormal Project” and spoke with cast members from the film Suzan Crowley (“Maria Rossi”) and Bonnie Morgan (“Rosa”) as well as Maja D’Aoust, the White Witch of Los Angeles. Upon their departure, attendees were blessed by a priest.
Head inside for pictures and video from the event. READ MORE
In what sounds like an interesting mashup between 8MM and The Ring, Syndrome E is now in development at Paramount and Indian Paintbrush. The Franck Thilliez novel by the same name is already a bestseller in France and it’s only the first installment of a planned ongoing series. Which means it has what Hollywood craves – franchise potential.
Per Deadline, “Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush are closing a deal to acquire the rights to the international bestselling novel Syndrome E. Originally published in France, the Franck Thilliez novel is the first in a series, and it will be released in the U.S. by Viking this summer. The publisher bought U.S. rights at Frankfurt, and it’s the first book by the author to be translated into English.”
In the book, “The protagonist is a beleaguered detective named Lucie Hennebelle, who discovers that his friend comes down with a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare and spectacularly violent film from the 1950s. The cop discovers that the film has been embedded with subliminal images that those who come in contact with it end up deal. The detective teams with a Paris cop who has been trying to figure out the film’s connection to five men murdered and left in the woods. Together they get to the bottom of what has to be the most disturbing and powerful film ever made. It has global and scientific implications, and its maker might well be the personification of evil and the origins of violence.”
Film Rites’ Steve Zaillian & Garrett Basch are producing with Steven Rales & Mark Roybal. READ MORE
When Paramount released the first Friday the 13th box set back in 2004, it was a huge disappointment. Fans were finally able to buy the first eight films together, true, but none of them were uncut and bonus features – which Jason aficionados knew existed through the festival circuit, overseas releases and the like – were nowhere to be found. The supplemental materials included were a bit better than most people gave them credit for being, but the sting of not having uncut versions sent fans over the edge – folks, we’re never going to get them uncut due to monetary concerns and guild regulations.
When Paramount started releasing Blu-ray and DVD “Deluxe Editions” of Friday The 13th and its sequels, fans were both elated and somewhat disgruntled. In 2004, they released what should have been the box set to end all box sets, but instead failed to include a lot of bonus materials that WE KNEW existed – some of these supplemental materials ended up on the reissues. The studio only released the first three films on Blu-ray, but continued their series on DVD. Now, they’re releasing a new box set on October 4th including all of the deluxe editions, a hockey mask and an eight-page booklet. Oh, and it’s limited to 50,000 copies worldwide.
I’m sorry, but it’s 2011: this should be available on Blu-ray, too. A hockey mask replica and an eight-page book? Seriously Paramount, those are your selling points? What Jason mega-fan doesn’t own a hockey mask or Peter Bracke’s Crystal Lake Memories already?
You know what would be great, though? Uncut, remastered editions of the first eight films on both formats.
Right before Super 8 hit theatres, a Drew Struzan-like poster for the film hit the web. It turned out to be fan-made, but it managed to capture Super 8‘s nostalgic whimsy pretty nicely and got a lot of attention.
When it was discovered that it was fake, I think a lot of people – myself included – wondered why the studio hadn’t made classic poster art for the Amblin flick and now we have an answer: they did.
According to Daniel Skubal, him and his girlfriend, Veronica LaPage, were asked by Bad Robot to come up with a poster design for the film, which sadly did not end up getting used – there doesn’t seem to be any sour grapes between the artists and the studio, though. You can read the full story here and check out the art after the break. While I like the two concept posters, I actually prefer the fan-made one (I mean, I guess these are technically fan-made, too). They’re very well done, but don’t capture the essence of the film and just seem like fully colored storyboards. That’s not the artists’ fault, though; they hadn’t seen the movie before they were asked to create them.
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
Shifting away from the “scary” elements of the teaser and Super Bowl TV Spot, the brand new IMAX trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 bleeds Steven Spielberg films such as Goonies, E.T. and War of the Worlds, focusing on the kids more than the apparent creature. Something interesting to note is the references to “magnetism,” which also kind of reminds me of Joe Dante’s classic The Explorers. I honestly believe we have have a “true” Amblin production on our hands…
Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, AJ Michalka all star in the Paramount pic that begins “In the summer of 1979, when a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.”
The footage will be re-spooled on June 10th.
We don’t give enough credit to the people who make viral discoveries (wink, wink), so without further adieu a big thumbs up to Latino Review who observed some interesting footage hiding within s8editingroom.com, the Super 8 viral site that’s been online for over a week now.
Doing some serious detective work, the site writes: “it’s not an alien, monster or creature.
It may be an energized living object similar to the 1997′s “Flubber” with Robin Williams. We’re not saying it is a rubber-like super-bouncy substance, but it is an object.”
The evidence is prevalent in the hidden images, and trailer, that can be dissected over at Latino Review. Go check it out and then return here to comment. Did they stumble onto something?
J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 arrives in theaters June 10 from Paramount Pictures.
Paramount Pictures has launched the official Twitter page for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. While they spent the morning blowing up my phone with unnecessary retweets (I wouldn’t recommend following them if my life depended on it), they did use the social networking platform to release the second full trailer for the sci-fi horror film.
The trailer screams ’80s Steven Spielberg (as it was produced by his Amblin company) and looks to once again carry some hidden clues. What do you see?
Just yesterday we were supplied with the following synopsis for the flick arriving in theaters June 10: “In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.”
I’m sincerely curious as to what you guys think so far. Am I the only one who is over-the-top excited?
We’ve spent weeks attempting to assemble the pieces of footage hiding within each updated Super Bowl TV Spot for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. I guess, just like old NES games, the fun is the gameplay and not the conclusion.
The latest update to the trailer has revealed said imagery in full — no more connecting the three dots. Inside you’ll see exactly what was hiding within the frames of one of this summer’s biggest movies. Does any of it mean anything to you? Post your theories inside.
In theaters June 10, the Steven Spileberg/J.J. Abrams collaboration follows a bunch of kids in the ’70s who are shooting a zombie movie with a Super 8. When they develop the film, they notice that there’s an alien creature in the frame.
And so the games continue!
We checked in with Apple.com this morning and stumbled across 5 brand new puzzle pieces for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. For those of you just catching up, Paramount Pictures has been switching out the Super Bowl TV Spot with new versions containing secret images that can be assembled to reveal clues. The images have 3 dots that help aid the connection of said pictures. Inside you’ll find every clue thus far, including the 5 new screen grabs.
The J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration that is said to follow a bunch of kids who are shooting a movie with a Super 8 camera in the seventies or eighties – and when they develop the film they notice that there’s an alien creature in the frame. In theaters June 10 from Paramount Pictures.
I have a feeling some of you guys are going to want to boycott Paramount’s Super 8 by the time it’s all said and done, but in all honesty this is some brilliant stuff. Over the past few months we here at Bloody Disgusting have been keeping a close eye on all virals surrounding the J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration. In fact, there’s so much stuff you haven’t seen that most of you would probably thank me for not stirring the pot (hidden maps, actual referenced locations, and hidden database files).
Yesterday we accidentally stumbled onto one of the coolest viral games ever initiated, and many loyal Super 8 followers have already (sorta) deciphered the code – yet they still missed a few beats (we’ll help you out). Per our report, Apple.com has been constantly changing the HD files for the Super Bowl TV Spot. What does this mean? Each trailer appears to be the same, but it’s completely different. Dates appear and vanish, images appear and vanish; this has been going on for 24 hours now. Inside you’ll find a collection of the puzzle pieces, but I’d like to make this important additional note: the pieces are connected by the three dots on each image, therefore some of these aren’t connected correctly.
Keep your eyes peeled (so will we) and feel free to e-mail us with any major discoveries that we’ve missed.
It’s no secret that J.J. Abrams likes secrets, hence the reason why I originally panned frame by frame through the Super Bowl Super 8 trailer. I came across the date September/November/December 19, 1962 (on November 19 Fidel Castro accepts removal of Soviet weapons), while also dwelling on a frame that may or may not have been a reflection of the film’s alien creature.
Well, I decided to revisit the trailer on Apple only to discover that the Super Bowl spot has been replaced!!! The new trailer has the date, the billboard of “Lost” references, and what looks like the monster’s jaw all removed. Did we catch on quicker than they expected? Go watch the new trailer and see if you can’t find any fresh clues. Journey beyond the break to see all of the early freeze-framed stills. Paramount will release on June 10.