Prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining.’
If you’ve stopped by this site even once in the last two months, it’s likely you’re already fully aware of my love for Outlast. It’s an incredibly intense game of hide and seek and easily the most terrifying game of the year. Red Barrels has a gem on their hands, and I’m itching — and dreading — a return to Mount Massive. Today, Red Barrels unveiled an expansion for the game called that will serve as a prequel to the main game.
In Outlast: Whistleblower, you’ll step into the shoes of the person whose anonymous tip led Miles Upshur to investigate Mount Massive asylum. In it, you’ll witness the horrible experimentation and abuse inflicted on the asylum’s inmates that either killed them or transformed them into monsters.
Despite bringing us a ton of games over the years, including the (mostly) excellent Call of Juarez series, at this point, Techland is best known for their gory open-world zombie franchise, Dead Island. Right now, I’m sure a majority of their focus is on the next-gen Dead Island-esque horror game Dying Light, but they also have another exciting horror game coming up called Hellraid. Unfortunate title aside, this game looks pretty neat.
To promote the game, Techland has released a “choose your adventure” style interactive prequel movie that has an awesome old school flavor to it. Check it out after the jump.
A few days ago we were given a tease of the trailer for the upcoming Warner Bros developed prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins, and now, the full trailer has emerged from the shadows of the Internet to punch you squarely in the face with five minutes of pure awesome.
I’ve already watched it twice, because I’m a geek and I like watching guys flip, spin, and beat the crap out of each other while tossing out the random gruff one-liner so their opponent knows their superhero suit is isn’t nearly as cool as what they have on. I could totally keep going, but I’m positive 99% of you have already skimmed past my ramblings so you can watch the trailer. Thanks for that.
The Guillermo del Toro produced Mama, starring Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut tomorrow May 7, 2013. With that in mind I recently hopped on the phone with the film’s director Andy Muschietti and his co-writer Barbara Muschietti to discuss the challenges of turning a 3 minute short into a full-fledged feature. Their well-timed nugget of inspiration came as a surprise to me, to say the least.
The film “is the story of two vanished girls whose parents were killed. When the girls reappear, their uncle and his girlfriend care for them, but that doesn’t mean their deceased mother is completely out of the picture.”
Head inside for the interview, which includes a possible take on a Mama prequel. READ MORE
Remember The Thing? The one from two years ago that shot with all practical effects only to have them painted over with CGI at the last minute? StudioADI has released another one of their awesome videos, this one’s called “The Thing Torso Puppet.”
While it doesn’t show a torso (at all), it does show a cool pair of robotic legs that were going to be used to represent half of someone whose torso is being eaten by The Thing. You just can’t recreate the physics on display here, the way these legs fight with gravity isn’t something easily approximated with CGI. Another look into the film that could have been.
Per StudioADI, “Built to show Henrick’s legs kicking as he’s being swallowed by the “Thing” under the shack, this cable-controlled puppet had a personality of it’s own. Would love to dress it up and shoot it somewhere in public. Coming soon to a railroad crossing near you!”
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A few weeks back we shared some intriguing snippets from an interview Stephen King gave to EW regarding his new novel “Doctor Sleep,”, which also happens to be a sequel to “The Shining”, out on September 24.
The interview has now been posted in its entirety and there’s a couple of other interesting tidbits. For instance, what was King’s inspiration for “The True Knot” – what had previously been described as a Near Dark-ish tribe of winnebago driving vampires, “Driving back and forth from Maine to Florida, which I do twice a year, I’m always seeing all these recreational vehicles — the bounders in the Winnebagos. I always think to myself, ‘Who is in those things?’ You pass them a thousand times at rest stops. They’re always the ones wearing the shirts that say ‘God Does Not Deduct From a Lifespan Time Spent Fishing.’ They’re always lined up at the McDonald’s, slowing the whole line down. And I always thought to myself, ‘There’s something really sinister about those people because they’re so unobtrusive, yet so pervasive.’ I just wanted to use that. It would be the perfect way to travel around America and be unobtrusive if you were really some sort of awful creature.”
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The Shining is one of my all time favorite horror movies. Actually it’s one of my all time favorite movies, period. No qualifier needed. That being said… I’m not entirely sure how much I need or want a prequel. But we may be getting one regardless.
Per The LA Times, “Warner Bros.is quietly exploring the possibility of a prequel to “The Shining,” the 1980 Stanley Kubrick chillfest that many fans regard as the scariest movie of all time. The studio has solicited the involvement of Hollywood writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to craft a new take as producers, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly… The film would focus on what happened before Jack Torrance (of course played memorably onscreen by Jack Nicholson), his wife and their psychic son arrived at the haunted retreat where Torrance soon descends into violent madness. A WB spokeswoman cautioned that any ‘Shining’ prequel was in a very early stage and not even formally in development.”
Now, that sort of leaves open two possibilites. The first would be that the prequel explores what was happening with the Torrance family beforehand. I’m not interested in that at all. I feel like their backstory in Kubrick’s film is handled perfectly. The second possibility – and from the above paragraph, the more likely one – would be that it explores the origins of The Overlook Hotel. The crazy horrible stuff that had been happening there for ages. I’d certainly be more interested in that as a standalone story and, in the right hands, it could be a cool exploration as long as we’re not expecting anything as great as the 1980 film.
The LA Times article makes some interesting points about Kalogridis, but doesn’t really touch on what I think could be the most promising sign. James Vanderbilt. Sure, he wrote the new (and apparently pretty bad) Spider-Man, but he also wrote David Fincher’s Zodiac. If he ends up writing this film, lets hope he tries to bring the same sense of measured, slow-burn menace.
Either way, it’s sort of an interesting idea. But also something we shouldn’t expect too much from. There’s no better way to kill your perception of a movie than to compare it to a masterpiece. Remember Prometheus?
A few months ago A&E announced it was in early development on “Bates Motel,” and that it would serve as a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock 1960 classic Psycho. The plan was to offer an understanding into how Norman Bates’ psyche developed and would tell the back story of the film’s killer. The audience was to learn of how his mother and her lover damaged him, transforming him into serial-killing motel owner.
And that plan looks like it’s going swimmingly. Apparently their faith in exec producer Carlton Cuse (formerly the showrunner of “Lost”) is stronger than expected because they’ve committed the project to series without seeing a pilot. Per Variety, “Cabler has ordered 10 episodes of the Universal Television series while forgoing a pilot. A&E’s faith in not asking for pilot first comes in the form of former “Lost” showrunner Carlton Cuse, who will exec produce with Kerry Ehrin.”
“We are proud to be partnering with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on their thrilling reinvention of one of the most compelling characters in cinematic history,” said A&E president Bob DeBitetto and exec VP of programming David McKillop in a joint statement. “It’s a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business and we’re looking forward to getting started.”
“Bates Motel” premieres in 2013. Who do you think should play Norman Bates?
It’s no secret Valve enjoys trolling their audience, but seriously guys, Left 4 Dead isn’t just a game, it’s a way of life. So when you’re “a little coy” with the rumored collaboration, as Valve’s Chet Faliszek put it, you’re ruining lives. Speaking with PCGamesN, Faliszek said “We’re trying to be a little coy and a little fun because we want the communities to discover it.” Head past the break for more on this collaboration.
Last month Payday: The Heist developer Overkill Entertainment revealed they are currently hard at work on a collaborative effort with Valve that’s a “very cool blend of Payday and Left 4 Dead.” Not much else about the game was announced at the time, but according to a source at CVG this game could be a prequel to Left 4 Dead. “We are working on a very cool blend of Payday and Left 4 Dead. I am sure it is so exciting that it will have some players check into the hospital before we are done.” said a statement from Overkill regarding the announcement. Could this mean we’ll finally find out how the outbreak began? So far, the Left 4 Dead series has been largely void of a real plot, so some details regarding the cause of the zombie apocalypse in a prequel sounds good to me. What do you think?
Wow. While Maniac Cop, certainly isn’t a favorite of mine (a recent revisit on Blu-ray left me so-so on the film), this could be pretty great. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is now involved in the re-emerging franchise in a big way. Before you explode – as of right now he’s not directing it. But he is producing it. Not only is that unexpected, but it gives me hope that the Maniac Cop franchise could finally have an installment that actually achieves the mood and style the original film aimed for. Of course, it’ll be a prequel (which I have no problem with).
Per Daily Grindhouse, “in an exclusive interview with both William Lustig and Larry Cohen, DG has learned that Nicolas Winding Refn is going to be joining Lustig as a producer of the new film. ‘It’s going to be more a prequel than anything else, I am really excited to come back to this world especially since Nick is going to be a part of it’ said Cohen. ‘Nick (Winding Refn) has been talking to us about it for a while now and I had an idea that would work so we’re going to do it.’ Cohen said that the film will still maintain the noir-ish comic book feel of the first three films but ‘with a bigger budget than the others have had.’”
Some sites are speculating that Refn could even end up directing this thing. While I wouldn’t necessarily hold my breath, it doesn’t seem like a totally unrealistic proposition either. Even though he’s A-List, he’s no snob and he has gone on record for his love of genre film in general many times.
What do you think? Should the prequel go for the period setting? Or should they reboot in the modern day?
In an easy case of hit-whoring, inside you’ll find the Spanish teaser poster for Paranormal Activity 3. While Aullidos claims its authenticity, domestic studio reps won’t commit. Either way, it’s kinda boring. It’s a slightly arrogant one sheet as it assumes that the graphic of the number three is iconic enough that passer byers will known immediately that it’s for a third Paranormal Activity. It took Lionsgate six Saw movies to grow those kind of balls.
From Catfish duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, Paramount will release in theaters October 21, 2011.
The San Diego Comic-Con just got spooky as attendees were given flyers for a new business, Darren’s Timeless Memories, which will convert those pesky VHS and BETA into digital files for ya. Visiting the company’s official website will lead you on a viral journey that ends with the premiere of the first trailer for Paramount Pictures’ Paranormal Activity 3 (in theaters October 21).
Franchise creator and producer Oren Peli tells us that filming is currently underway and that it’s been a challenge making sure they do the fans right: “The challenge we are dealing with is to create same kind of dreaded feeling of terror and horror, while at the same time also [delivering] something fresh, different and unique,” he told Bloody Disgusting talking about creating “a new experience that delicately balances fear and originality. “ [I am] hoping fans will be pleasantly pleased.” This viral stunt is their way of giving the teaser directly to the fans, before theaters, and saying “thank you” for the continued support.
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman came aboard this past May to direct from a screenplay by Christopher B. Landon (Disturbia).
Back in 2009, Kong: King Of Skull Island was optioned by Spirit Entertainment with the intent of producing a motion-capture (possibly 3-D) film. Based on a novel that came out around the same time as Peter Jackson’s remake, the story focused on the backstory of Skull Island and how the giant gorilla became king there, introducing other giant gorillas and dinosaurs only hinted at in the previous films.
Deadline reports that Fox has recently picked up the project and plans to turn it into an animated feature that is a modern-day take on the King Kong story told from the ape’s perspective. Christian Magalhaes and Bob Snow, whose ‘Murder of a Cat’ script made the Black List, have been hired to pen the tale. This sounds a little too ambitious to be DTV, but I can’t really say whether or not general audiences are salivating for more giant ape adventures, especially when the last two attempts to bring the story to the big screen failed to set the world on fire – I love Jackson’s version, though.
Back in 2008, Warner Bros. began work on an I Am Legend Prequel, bringing back the team of star Will Smith and director Francis Lawrence which brought in a worldwide gross of $584 million the first time around. The film would chronicle the final days of humanity in New York before a man-made virus caused a plague that left Smith’s character the lone survivor among a mutated mob in the city.
Word on the film had been non-existent until today, when an interview with Lawrence revealed that he is no longer involved and that he doesn’t “think [it's] ever going to happen.”
The news isn’t particularly surprising, as the idea of a prequel featuring the outbreak of the virus didn’t really catch many people’s interest. Considering what direction the film’s theatrical ending would’ve taken the franchise, I can understand from a financial standpoint why they would go for a prequel. This late in the game, it would be confusing to general audiences to go bill the (much better) alternate ending as a jumping off point for a sequel, plus there would be no way to intelligently incorporate Smith as the lead.
The prequel could, of course, be revisited later on by a different director / creative team but for now, consider it dead.
Capcom’s Resident Evil 5 will be making the jump to print in March just before the game comes out. This series will explain what led Chris Redfield to Africa in the first place. More info after the jump…