The studio that brought us classic monster movies during the 1930s to the late 1940s has been resurrecting their fearless creatures for remakes like 2010's "The Wolfman" starring Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. Now, Variety brings news that the studio wants to reboot their "Mummy" franchise (again!), and they've hired "Prometheus" writer Jon Spaihts to pen the feature.
You probably remember the 1990's take on "The Mummy" starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. "The Scorpion King" was the 2002 spin-off starring then action newb Dwayne Johnson, which saw equal success. Fraser made his way back to the story in 2008's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," which raked in $401 million worldwide. Judging by the numbers, the studio feels there is still life left in the ancient corpse. So where does scribe Spaihts want to take things? "I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with 'Prometheus': to go back to a franchise's roots in dark, scary source material and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven't seen before." We're already fans. What about you?
Head past the break where we've served up more Horror Bites, and get the rest of this week's news.
Deranged director Tom Six has big plans for a "Human Centipede 3" film. We're not lying when we say it's huge.
The controversial filmmaker recently took to Twitter (via Dread Central) and told followers he wants to feature a 500 plus person pede in the third gruesome installment of his detestable franchise. He'll start filming the movie this summer down south, aiming for a 2013 release. The third "Human Centipede" will feature stars Dieter Laser (the crazed surgeon from the first film) and Laurence R. Harvey (the insane parking lot attendant from the second movie), and even the director himself in a bit role. Like always, Six promises that the film will be "100 percent politically incorrect."
Has the director gone too far this time? Do you think he'll attempt to make his monstrous creation with live actors or end up using CG? Try to erase the image from your mind entirely, and head past the break for more horror news!
"My Bloody Valentine" and "Drive Angry 3D" collaborators Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer wrote the script for "Halloween 3D," which was slated for this fall, except Dimension Films' Michael Myers tale has been killed off for now.
The 3D entry in the popular slasher franchise has been bumped from the box office schedule with no news of a future release date. The story picked up after Rob Zombie's "Halloween II" film and centered on Laurie Strode in a mental hospital. Supposedly there was a lead part for "Creepshow" actor Tom Atkins.
Michael might be stopped for now, but there's more terror waiting for you past the break in this week's Horror Bites.
After more than a year of rumors and rumblings from Bill Murray about "Ghostbusters 3," it's finally official: the actor will not be starring in a new installment of the supernatural comedy classic. Co-star — and co-writer on the first two films — Dan Aykroyd kept us hopeful and on the hook for what felt like ages, but Dr. Raymond Stantz has finally admitted that Murray will not make the movie.
While in London to promote his vodka brand Crystal Head, Aykroyd told The Telegraph that although there's interest from the studio to pursue part three, "it’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie." He went on to say that the project at this point is in "suspended animation," and cited Murray's preference for a quiet life of family and golf as part of the reason for not committing.
Rumors surrounding the project have varied from the bizarre — with chatter about Murray shredding the new script and mailing it back to co-star and co-writer Harold Ramis — to the unlikely. For a spell there was talk about a female version of "Ghostbusters," with "Dollhouse's" Eliza Dushku and Alyssa Milano donning the power packs. There was even a rumor about Murray returning to the franchise as a ghost. "We’re not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise," Aykroyd confirmed. This is exactly why we hope he pours one out for part three and gracefully lets it go.
Let us know if you agree that a new "Ghostbusters" shouldn't proceed without Murray (or possibly at all). Then, head past the break for a look at more of this week's horror news.
It looks like Johnny Depp and Edgar Wright may be teaming up to hunt the supernatural in Disney's adaptation of two 1970's telepics and the ABC series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker."
Deadline reports that Depp would potentially star as Carl Kolchak in "The Night Stalker." He's a hardboiled reporter who tackles stories that law enforcement doesn't want to touch. Most of the cases in the original tales involved monstrous creatures like vampires and zombies, but Kolchak also explored the dark world of witches and other occult mysteries. With the "Shaun of the Dead" director usually having a hand in the writing side of his projects, it'd be great to see Disney hand this responsibility over to Wright. No scribe has been named yet, though. The quirky stylings of the director and Depp should be fascinating to watch.
While we anticipate more news about this inspired collaboration, head past the break for a look at the rest of this week's horror news.
Horror fans far and wide will be heading to Austin, Texas this year for the city's South by Southwest Festival (SXSW). The genre fiend's much-loved haunt has announced its Midnighters and Shorts slate, and there are some gems premiering that you won't want to miss. "[REC] 3: Genesis" — which will reveal information uncovered in the first two movies — makes its world premiere. "Martyrs" director Pascal Laugier also premieres his new film "The Tall Man," starring Jessica Biel as a mother searching for her missing child who has been abducted by the mysterious, creepazoid legend.
Find the full schedule on the festival website, and check out other delicious horror bites in this week's news past the break.
Colin Firth is joining Reese Witherspoon in Atom Egoyan's drama based on the real-life case of the West Memphis Three, "Devil's Knot."
Deadline has the news, and reports that the story centers on Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. who were convicted of the murder of three 8-year-old boys. The case was sensationalized with reports of devil worship and ritualized sacrifice, despite lack of physical evidence. Witherspoon will play a mother of one of the murdered boys, while Firth will take on the role of the heroic investigator who helped the Memphis Three when no one else would, uncovering important evidence for their defense.
Peter Jackson talks West Memphis Three doc!
While truth is usually scarier than fiction, we have some frightening fictional features in this week's Horror Bites that should please. Hit the jump for more of this week's news.
Our intrepid reporters have been busy at the Sundance Film Festival, trekking through the snow to bring you the latest news in all things movies. (Suckers!) Meanwhile, the rest of us have been staying cozy at home, and getting ready for the awesome horror slate that 2012 seems to be promising.
Daniel Radcliffe's "The Woman in Black" has a new poster and TV spot to check out. Also, there are some new stills from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's "The Cabin in the Woods" that have us anxious to see more from the friends-go-into-the-forest-and-possibly-never-come-back tale. But if you have the munchies for more horror bites, hit the jump, and get caught up with this week's news.
Lily Collins has gone from playing Snow White in the upcoming "Mirror, Mirror," to possibly kicking some undead ass in "The Evil Dead" remake.
THR reports that Collins is in "early talks" for the updating of the legendary horror-comedy that starred Bruce Campbell in the role of Ash. Bloody-Disgusting has some additional details, stating that Collins would play Mia, the lead character and a female version of Ash, who heads to a cabin in the woods with friends. They discover a Book of the Dead, demons are unleashed, and Mia's left fighting for her life. While that sounds familiar, there's also a bizarre druggie subplot, as Mia is staying at the cabin to try to overcome an addiction and heal from a recent overdose.
We'll find out more when Fede Alvarez's version hits the screen on April 12, 2013. For now, let us know what you think about the possibility of Collins being cast as a lady Ash, and dig into the rest of this week's horror news past the break!
Another day, another "Ghostbusters 3" rumor — and this one comes from gossip mag The National Enquirer of all places!
The scandalmongers are reporting that after star Bill Murray was sent the latest screenplay of the project, he mailed fellow ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis a nasty present: a box with the script totally shredded inside like confetti. The note attached read, "No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!" The Enquirer reports that Dan and Harold were so upset by his response, that they plan on making the movie without him. Dread Central has more on the report.
Sound like a lot of nonsense to you too? Let us know below, and keep on reading for more of the week's Horror Bites.