Even people in their 30s (like me) know the name R.L. Stine. He's been writing children's books in the horror genre for as long as I can remember (since the early '90s). Really good ones too. His most recognizable series by far is the Goosebumps line of books. It's not a singular narrative, but rather a series of genre tales designed to frighten children without scarring them forever with gruesome imagery and overly adult situations.
Goosebumps was turned into a TV series in the mid-'90s, but it hasn't ever made the leap into film... yet. Columbia is producing a live-action feature adaptation with Scholastic Entertainment and Neal Moritz, and now they've found a screenwriter: Carl Ellsworth, who is perhaps best known for his work on "Disturbia." He also penned "Red Eye," the still-unreleased "Red Dawn" remake and the remake of Wes Craven's "The Last House on the Left." The book he's adapting remains to be seen, but with the rash of smart horror we've seen/will be seeing this year ("The Last Exorcism," "Let Me In," "Frozen," "The Crazies"), it's encouraging to see a talented guy like Ellsworth taking on a project like this, where walking a fine line between horror/suspense and kid-friendly appeal will be required.
I don't quite know what to make of director David O. Russell's "The Fighter" after seeing this first trailer for it. Russell has built a career out of making quirky movies that don't fit comfortably into any one genre. "I Heart Huckabees," "Three Kings," "Flirting With Disaster," "Spanking the Monkey"... you get the idea.
That's why I have such a hard time reconciling this trailer. From the look of things, the Mark Wahlberg/Christian Bale-starring based-on-truth boxing tale is a pretty straightforward drama in the vein of "Rocky." There's no quirk in evidence in this trailer at all. That's not a bad thing of course-- Russell's talents can't be denied. I just wonder if we're in for a presto change-o transformation for the film, from straightforward trailer to Russell Original quirkfest feature. Check it out and form your own opinion after the jump. Read More...
Last summer, Guillermo del Toro took the plunge with yet another medium of entertainment. "The Strain," his first book (co-written with Chuck Hogan), is all about vampires. These blood suckers don't succumb to crosses or holy water, nor do they sparkle in the sunlight. "The Strain" smartly introduces the concept of vampirism as transmitted disease. Vampire myths are cleverly woven in to as long-established distortions of the facts, helping to create a tale that very much fits into a real world setting.
"The Fall," the second book in del Toro's planned trilogy, is out next week on September 21. It's less focused on tense horror -- though it's certainly there -- and much more centered around action. The vampire threat is now out in the open, chaos reigns and our scattered group of heroes are doing everything they can to put a stop to it before things spread out from New York City, which is established as ground zero in the first book.
To promote the book, del Toro is coming to NYC to participate in the New York Times' TimesTalks series. Next Tuesday, September 21, he'll be giving a talk at the TimesCenter, located at 242 West 41st St, at 7pm. Tickets were still available the last time I checked; you can get them here.
In addition, del Toro will be swinging by the MTV Newsroom the next day for a deep-dive chat on "The Fall," his 2/3 finished trilogy, all things vampires and whatever it is that keeps you up at night. There are no shortage of questions to ask, but as always, we want to give you a chance to pitch in. If you have any questions, send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. And make sure you check out the TimesTalks speaking engagement if you can!
Paramount just alerted us to the existence of a new, far more revealing trailer for "Paranormal Activity 2" than the previous debut trailer was. Here it is.
There are some easter eggs to be found too, some of which I've documented (with screen caps!) after the jump. Read More...
Rumors have been swirling for weeks around the follow-up to "Devil," a Friday release that marks the start of the M. Night Shyamalan-conceived/produced trilogy known as "The Night Chronicles." As we pointed out earlier this month, it seemed that "The Last Exorcism" director Daniel Stamm had been all but confirmed to helm the second "Chronicles" film, based largely on suggestive statements made in interviews by both Shyamalan and Stamm.
Now the news is confirmed. A press release reveals that Shyamalan and Media Rights Capital are teamed to produce "Reincarnate," the second "Night Chronicles" film, with Stamm in the director's chair. It was confirmed earlier in the year that Chris Sparling ("Buried") penned the script; the plan is to begin production in 2011. Shyamalan said of the director, "Daniel has a preternatural control of tone. He is an actor’s director. He’s a storyteller who understands character as much as fear."
The title of the second "Chronicles" film was initially revealed to be "Twelve Strangers." Although the title has changed to "Reincarnate," the premise of the story remains the same. As stated in the release: "While deciding the fate of an accused murderer, a jury is haunted by supernatural forces that hold the key to the case." Sounds like "Twelve Angry Men" meets "Poltergeist." I'm in.
Editor's Note: This is all a big joke. No facts here.
Josh Brolin has become quite the tough guy actor in recent years. "No Country For Old Men," "Grindhouse," "American Gangster," "Jonah Hex"... even the Dubya biopic "W." Make no mistake: whatever else you may think of the guy, George W. Bush is a modern-day cowboy.
But I digress. Brolin, a name you know. People often forget though that he got his start as Brandon Walsh, big brother to Sean Astin's Mikey, in the '90s classic, "The Goonies." MTV's Josh Horowitz brought this up when speaking to Brolin at the junket for "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," mentioning that there's been such a trend of reviving old franchises lately... so where's the "Goonies" sequel?
"'Goonies'... we just finished the sequel to 'Goonies,'" he said. "Spielberg directed it. And... who wrote it?" Josh knew immediately. Read More...
I'll admit, one phrase that I never in my life expected to hear, read, write or consider is: "'Old School' meets 'Gran Torino.'" I'm not entirely sure how ideas in those two completely different films can mesh -- my guess: a bunch of old dudes act out in violent, yet hilarious, ways -- but mesh they will in "Mayors of Casterbridge." Deadline reports that NBC picked up the comedy from Ryan Reynolds' Dark Trick Films, which the "Green Lantern" star will produce; he also may have some small role in the series, provided it moves past the pilot.
The series will focus on a quartet of longtime residents of a traditional suburban neighborhood who feel threatened when a young whippersnapper moves in with plans of replacing the small town personality with block after block of cookie-cutter housing. Reynolds said, "'Mayors' fills a void in programming - more specifically, it aims to spotlight the less explored sexagenarian in all his vitality, rage, corrosive wit and bottomless immaturity." Clearly Reynolds hasn't been watching "Men of a Certain Age." The guy's got great taste though; if he's putting his stamp on "Mayors," I'll check it out.
If I were Jerry Bruckheimer, I'd draw out the production of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" for as long as humanly possible. The movie is shooting in Hawaii, the United States' very own version of paradise. "Lost" was filmed there too, and as the series started to wrap up, those involved were frequently heard saying in interviews that they would miss the yearly, months-long trip to the tropical island setting.
Images from the set of the fourth "Pirates" movie have been slowly trickling into the world, both from spy cameras and from Bruckheimer directly, via his Twitter feed. And that's what I have for you in today's Daily TwitPic. You don't get to see any of the stars in this pic, or anything particularly magical or otherworldly. You do get a glimpse of the deep blue water and some kind of funky-looking old-timey boat though. All the pic needs is the words "Wish You Were Here" emblazoned across it. Read More...