“Hack/Slash,” created by Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli, centers on Cassie Hack, a woman who symbolizes the lone girl who survives at the end of every horror movie. Hack not only survived, she has become a killer of killers and travels to small towns across the country hunting slashers in the vein of “Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “Friday the 13th’s” Jason Voorhees and “A Nightmare on Elm Street’s” Freddy Krueger. She is partnered on her journey with Vlad, a hulking companion who serves as her protector.
I just got off the phone with Luke Evans (pictured above; The Raven), whose insanely bloody Ryhuhei Kitamura directed slasher No One Lives hits May 10th from Anchor Bay.
While I’ll be posting the entirety of the interview tomorrow, I wanted to share a quick aside regarding the Relativity and the Weinstein Company reboot of The Crow that Evans is currently in talks for. In the original film, a man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.
We also briefly touch on the upcoming Dracula reboot, but that’s only in the context of him wanting to step away from horror for a bit. “…I don’t think I need to do another horror movie for a while [laughs].” READ MORE
Forget those talks with Alexander Skarskard and Tom Hiddlseton. Relativity and the Weinstein Company have apparently settled on Luke Evans (pictured above; No One Lives, the upcoming Dracula prequel) to play Eric Draven in their reboot of The Crow.
The adaptation of James O’Barr’s comics has had a tough time finding its leading man, after talks with multiple actors have fallen apart in recent weeks. Ultimately director Javier Gutierrez will push the start date of production to make this happen. Per Deadline, “Evans seemed to be unavailable because of production on ‘Dracula’ and promotion on ‘The Hobbit.’ The distributor looked at Tom Hiddleston and more recently Alexander Skarsgard, the latter of whom has a bunch of offers after Warner Bros halted ‘Tarzan.’ Ultimately, they have decided to push the start date to early next year to accommodate his schedule in order to secure Evans.”
In The Crow, a man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder. READ MORE
Relativity’s The Crow may have found its Eric Draven. With James McAvoy tied up in the currently filming X-Men: Days of Future Past it appears as though Tom Hiddleston (pictured above; The Avengers) is in talks for the role.
Per The Wrap, “[he] is in early discussions to play Eric Draven in Relativity Media’s reimagining… Hiddleston recently had dinner with producers and sent them a makeup test that he did on his own in London. He will undergo a proper makeup test in the coming days, as the character’s appearance is important to fans of the franchise, who should be delighted with the casting of a major member of the Marvel universe.”
The film is the latest adaptation of James O’Barr’s revenge comic from 1989. F. Javier Gutierrez is still attached to direct. It seems that Cliff Dorfman (Warrior) is now tackling the screenplay. No word on how much of earlier writer Jesse Wigutow’s draft is making it in. Brandon Lee made the franchise famous when he starred in the 1994 adaptation directed by Alex Proyas.
Updated 6:05PST – F. Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall) has been hired to direct. Press release below the jump.
A press release had stated, “The lawsuit between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company concerning THE CROW has been amicably settled out of court, and the parties will continue to work on the film together as planned.”
At the end of the article I speculated that since the project didn’t have a writer (or director) that it could still be a long way off. Well, it appears that Relativity and TWC have hit the ground running after settling this legal business because a writer has now been hired – Jesse Wigutow.
Per Deadline, “Jesse Wigutow is making a deal to write the script. The original was distributed by the Weinsteins at Miramax back in 1994 and grossed $50.6M domestic. Wigutow has ‘Irreparable Harm’ set up at HBO Films, just rewrote Robert Ludlum’s ‘The Osterman Weekend’ for Summit, and has ‘Age Inappropriate’ with Offspring at Universal. He recently scripted a Steve McQueen biopic for Cross Creek’s’ Brian Oliver, based on the book Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel.”
So there’s that! Perhaps this thing gets rolling sooner rather than later, though I’m not really looking forward to it. READ MORE
It now looks like, after something like 5 or 6 steps back, we might be one step closer to that remake of The Crow.
According to press release, “The lawsuit between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company concerning THE CROW has been amicably settled out of court, and the parties will continue to work on the film together as planned. In addition, Relativity Media has dismissed all of its claims against The Weinstein Company for any wrongdoing regarding the release and distribution of NINE, and The Weinstein Company has dismissed all of its claims against Relativity Media.”
Now all they need is a director, an approved script, and a cast. Here’s to 2014! Just kidding, there’s a slight chance this could still hit in 2013. READ MORE
My favorite of the preview pieces is always the random studio releases. This year there are so many crazy films getting limited releases, courtesy to IFC Films and Magnet Releasing/Magnolia Pictures. Then we’ve got Mother’s Day and the remake of Fright Night from other studios, not to mention 11-11-11, The Troll Hunters, A Horrible Way to Die, The Howling Reborn and MANY more! What are you most excited for?
Summit Entertainment is making a rise to the top of my favorite studio list as they’ve been pushing various genre pics through the system. While they’re best known for the Twilight franchise, I think we can thank to tween vamp series for giving the mini the ability to make movies we want. Is anyone else as excited as I am for Drive Angry 3D?
Warner Bros. Pictures has always been good to us horror fans, and now that they dragged New Line Cinema under their umbrella things are getting pretty serious. While last year was a completel disaster with the releases of both Jonah Hex and A Nightmare on Elm Street, this coming year is jam-packed with genre films from The Rite to Final Destination 5.
We always smoosh Lionsgate’s film releases with After Dark Films’, specifically because Lionsgate distributes the titles on home video. If you were to remove After Dark from the following, Lionsgate’s 2011 is pretty weak, unless they can get the new Silent Hill in production for release this year. And who knows if ATM will even get a date? Yikes. They need a new franchise badly.
While Paramount Pictures isn’t known for horror, they always find a way to squeeze in one quality pic around their new franchise, Paranormal Activity. Most of that can be attributed to J.J. Abrams, who after producing Cloverfiled, is set to unleash Super 8 this summer – this time taking on directing duties! Thankfully Paramount finally got Case 39 out of their system, I’d like to forget it even exists.
And so it begins, the first of our many “2011 Horror Movie Preview” pieces that will unroll through the New Year! Kicking everything off are the Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, who after nearly closing their doors, have risen from the grave prepared to take over the horror world by the end of 2011. The year sees the release of the hotly anticipated Scream 4, along with the eerie found footage sci-fi thriller Apollo 18, and a new low budget Hellraiser movie (while we wait for the big budget remake). What else do they have cooking? Read on and see. What most excites you?
Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl from Kick-Ass) stars as Abby, a secretive 12-year old girl, who moves next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road). Owen is a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school and in his loneliness, forms a profound bond with his new neighbour. Owen can’t help noticing that Abby is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders occupy the town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl is really a savage vampire.
Based on the bestselling Swedish novel, Lat den Ratte Komma In, by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let Me In is a contemporary vampire tale about a young boy who befriends a girl new to his neighborhood. The film is a remake of the highly acclaimed Swedish film, Lat den Ratte Komma In, also known as, Let the Right One In.