It’s officially happening. After several years of talking, the Sam Raimi-Rob Tapert remake of The Evil Dead is moving forward with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict partnering with Ghost House Pictures on a worldwide deal for Sony Pictures to distribute.
We broke the news on the remake in July, tapping Fede Alvarez to write and direct Ghost House Pictures’ remake of their seminal 1981 cult horror film The Evil Dead.
The remake is on track for a production start next year.
Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues and Juno/Jennifer’s Body writer Diablo Cody did revisions on the draft. The story centers on five friends holed up at a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead with a demonic force unleashed possessing each until only one is left to fight for survival. As we exclusively reported, there is a drug subplot.
The franchise had ended with 1992′s Army of Darkness.
Answer this question: Is this good or bad news? READ MORE
Back on July 12 we exclusively broke the news that Fede Alvarez would be directing The Evil Dead, Mandate ahd Ghost House’s reboot of the 1981 Sam Raimi classic of the same name that spawned two sequels.
It was soon revealed that Alvarez was working from a screenplay developed by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body). No story details were revealed at the time, but that didn’t stop us from digging.
After 3 long months, Bloody D has finally scored the inside scoop on the plot crunch for The Evil Dead, and honestly, it’s pretty damn disappointing.
The reboot is true to the roots of Raimi’s original as it follows a group of friends who hole up in a remote cabin, discover the “Book of the Dead” and accidentally unleash an unrelenting group of Deadites.
The “new spin” is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family’s cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she’s actually possessed.
The worst part, though, is that one of the friends unleashes the demons by deciphering the Book of the Dead and reading the passages aloud. (Yeah, because just some kid would know how to read ancient text. Sigh.) The only way I can get behind this is if the film references the original (meaning this is a new group of kids in the exact same cabin) and Bruce Campbell cameo’s as “Ash” (who has now aged quite considerably).
That’s it folks. What are your thoughts? I still say the entire film should be taking place inside a S-Mart. READ MORE
Picking up minutes after [REC]‘s finale, [REC] 2 gets going right away as a SWAT team and doctor storm the apartment building where Angela Vidal and her crew were quarantined. Discovering that the virus is not airborne but blood-transmitted, the team barely has a chance to begin exploring before the infected begin their assault. READ MORE
After getting hacked, having confidential customer data stolen, and spending close to a month offline, Sony was sure to have lost a few fans. Sony’s offering of two free games for everyone and a free month of their PlayStation Plus and Qriocity services was an attempt at making amends for the debacle. It’s six weeks after coming back online, and at a shareholders meeting earlier today Sony said that 90% of PS3 owners have returned.
In reality, I’m thinking they should’ve said something along the lines of “90% of PS3 owners have returned to claim their free games,” since this really isn’t a solid way of understanding the effect the PS3′s downtime had on its user base. I’d much rather know how much of a decrease the number of people playing online has been since the incident, but I’m 90% sure I won’t get an answer to that. What I can get an answer to is how many of you have returned, and if you have, was it only to claim your rewards or have you actually played online and/or used the PS Store? READ MORE
Revealed earlier this year, the successor to Sony’s popular handheld got quite a bit of buzz for the long list of features that we wanted (dual analog sticks) and ones we didn’t know we wanted until we saw them in action (rear screen touch pad). Introduced to the world with the temporary “NGP” (Next Generation Portable) moniker, starting today you can call it by it’s real name, the PS Vita.
I like it, it’s catchy. But that’s not all that was revealed at Sony’s press conference today, oh no sir, we also got the final price for it as well. Some people guessed it could potentially cost us $400 or more, but I’m very happy to say they were wrong. Head past the break for more details. READ MORE
Officially set up as feature-length film during the late 90′s, the long gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s Bag Of Bones is finally coming to fruition as a mini-series.
According to seaandbescene.com, pre-production on the project started today, with principal photography slated to begin on July 6 in Nova Scotia and last until the end of August. Sony has not confirmed when it will air, what channel, or even who is in the cast. All that’s known at this point is that Mick Garris will write and direct.
Based on the King novel published in ’98, Bag Of Bones tells the story of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who – four years after the passing of his wife – is unable to write and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs. Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway and finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a vindictive millionaire, Max Devore, who is trying to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie’s struggle–and begins to fall in love with her–he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What do the forces that have been unleashed here want of Mike Noonan? READ MORE
Now that the PS3 is nearing a full month (25 days to be more exact) without online functionality Sony has released a firmware update for the PlayStation 3. This update is a very important step toward bringing the PSN back online. Firmware update 3.61 will let you update your PSN passcode, in fact, you’re required to change it with this update, though I’m sure most of you are more than willing to, especially if you use the same passcode for multiple accounts.
Your account info can only be changed on the PS3 your account is active on, so if someone was to have taken your info they won’t be able to change it without your PS3. So get on it people, change your passwords in preparation for the PlayStation Network’s glorious return.READ MORE
Today, a new poster emerged for Joe Cornish’s fantastic Attack The Block (review), giving us a small taste of the incredible rotoscoping effects used for the creatures. It kind of reminds me of the newest DVD and Blu-ray cover art for The Relic…
Check out the brand spanking new poster beyond the break. Attack The Block follows a gang of South London teenagers as they defend their housing project home against an alien attack.
The film, which is receiving rave reviews, premiered at the March SXSW Film Festival and will open in the UK on May 11. READ MORE
In case you’ve been living under a particularly large rock or simply don’t own a PS3 you might not be aware that Sony’s been having some issues with the PlayStation Network. Since the 20th the entire PSN as well as Sony’s Qriocity service have been down while Sony works on completely rebuilding their network infrastructure after a massive security breach. Sony hasn’t had the best relationship with hackers, and their lawsuit against hacker Geohot “forced” a group of Hacktivists called Anonymous to call virtual war on them. Now, is it just me or is this whole thing starting to sound like the basis for a bad direct-to-DVD sci-fi movie?
Not only did this debacle potentially cost Sony billions it also successfully removed much of the trust of many PS3 users and the developers who support Sony’s platform. One developer has even stated an online survey to decide on whether or not they should publish their game on PSN. If you’re a disgruntled PS3 owner looking for a little somethin’ somethin’ for your offline woes, Sony’s finally let us know what they’re doing to try an remedy the situation. Find out what you can get out of all this hullabaloo, after the jump. READ MORE
In the four years I’ve been going to SXSW, I have never seen a film blow up quite the way Joe Cornish’s Attack The Block (review) has. This is a flick that was so much fun, it had attendees watching it again and again, filling the theatre to capacity EVERY SINGLE TIME it played despite the mind-blowing amount of other new films there were to explore. And then there was the LA screening…
Today a new trailer dropped, showcasing the great score by Basement Jaxx. With its UK theatrical debut on the horizon, hopefully Screen Gems will follow suit sooner rather than later.
In the flick, a gang of South London teenagers defending their housing project home against an alien attack.
We’re only a couple of weeks away from what could be the most fun video game release this year: Mortal Kombat. Seriously, just look at all the sweet stuff Dead Pixels has been writing about it! So, to build up the hype even more, the full track list for Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired By The Warriors has been released (check it out after the jump).
Alright, time for a poll: Who’s your favorite character and why?
Bloody-Disgusting has scored an exclusive interview with Dan Licht, composer of the upcoming video game, Silent Hill Downpour. Dan Licht should be well known to you readers as he has composed a load of horror movies, including Children of the Corn II and III, Hellraiser: Bloodline, Thinner, Amityville 1992: It’s About Time, Soul Survivors, and, probably what most of you know him best for, the hit TV show Dexter. However, this interview focuses solely on Silent Hill and the music he is creating for the game. Check out the exclusive interview, as well as a track from the game and some pictures, after the jump.
Dan’s appointment as composer marks the first time in the Silent Hill franchise that Akira Yamaoka has not been behind the music. Even though I’m a huge fan of Akira’s work, I am really excited for what Dan can bring to the game and I’m eager to hear his music. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has scored an exclusive interview with composer Sean Murray, whose work you might recognize from Call of Duty: World At War, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Buffy The Vampire Slayer (the tv series), among other great works. The audio interview is right after the jump along with some pictures of Sean and the symphony that brought you the CoD: Black Ops music.
The PSP2 has been unveiled and it’s looking like more than a worthy contender to the Nintendo 3DS. Its 5″ OLED touch screen, rear touch panels, Six Axis, 3G/Wifi functionality and snazzy look leaves little complaints to be had. Well, it is slightly larger than the PSP 3000 so I’m sure that’s disappointing to a few people, but other than that the future is looking bright for Sony’s next handheld.
Good looks and impressive tech will only get you so far though, so the NGP’s developer and publisher support will be crucial to its success. Lucky for us, if the list below shows how strong third party support for the console is. With companies that have major stakes in the horror genre included in the list (check out the full list after the jump) my head is buzzing with all the possible horror games we could see on the platform. Here are the most exciting games we’d like to see make it to the NGP. READ MORE
At Sony’s recent press conference in Japan all the rumors and speculation on their next handheld were brutally squashed by confirmations and whatever it sounds like when legions of nerds gets excited at once. The PSP 2 has been unveiled, though it’s going under the codename of NGP right now, and it’s rather fantastic.
There’s been plenty of theories as to what the console would be able to do and what it would look like but the image you see above is the final product and I think it’s safe to say the NGP is looking rather snazzy. Continue after the jump to get all the info on the handheld including some damn exciting games that will be releasing on the platform, its features and when we can expect it on store shelves. READ MORE
Coming in April, ‘Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired By The Warriors’ is a compilation of songs for many of your favorite characters from the upcoming Mortal Kombat game. The first track that is available is ‘Mileena’s Theme’, which you can pre-order either off of Amazon or iTunes. The album is being produced by JFK of MSTRKRFT.
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? READ MORE
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? READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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? READ MORE
Are the end of times coming… in Hollywood? Could this be evidence of a changing trend that’ll soon sweep the entire filmmaking world and infect other A-list directors like Steven Spielberg or Michael Bay? J.J. Abrams was one of the first to take a small budget and catapult it into the mega feature known as Cloverfield. The trend is hotter than I thought as Roland Emmerich pulled a shocker by getting behind the camera for a super secret $5m alien invasion indie only known as The Zone. The man hans’t worked with less than $100m in over 16 years — can he pull a rabbit out of his hat? Let’s hope so. I love this trend and think it’s great for the business…a business plagued by overspending. READ MORE