By Andie Lowenstein
As zombies continue to reign on the big screens, George A. Romero's classic 1985 film "Day of the Dead" is being brought back to life once more. "Texas Chainsaw 3D" producers Lati Grobman and Christina Campbell are teaming with Millennium Films and Taurus Entertainment for a second try after the film was revived back in 2008. Campbell Grobman Films is currently holding meetings with screenwriters about the best method of adapting the 1985 original about military personnel and scientists hiding from the zombies in a bunker.
"Contrary to other recent zombie remakes, our Day of the Dead will honor Romero's original vision by reviving the slow, brooding zombie that terrorized so many of our childhoods," Grobman told Deadline. "The trend of the fast, agile, 'sprinting' zombie creates a lot of great jump-out-of-your-seat moments, but it doesn't compare to the psychological fear and tension that builds when going up against Romero's original undead army."
This isn't the first time filmmakers have taken on Romero's flesh-starved corpses.
Depending on where your opinion of "Man of Steel" lies, you may have spent the past week singing the praises of Zack Snyder for being the director to finally get Superman right. His take on the last son of Krypton is certainly worth discussing, but another one of his movies, his first, deserves a second look this week for an entirely unrelated reason.
In light of Brad Pitt's "World War Z" hitting screens this week, it's worth remembering that Snyder's 2004 remake of "Dawn of the Dead" is the best modern zombie movie.
The cast of the newest adventure of Superman, "Man of Steel," will be stopping by MTV and MTV.com to debut a never-before-scene clip from the film starting tonight at 7:56 p.m. ET on MTV.
Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, and director Zack Snyder will all be there to premiere the clip on MTV, and then they'll be sitting down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz immediately afterward on MTV.com to talk about the new film, which hits theaters tomorrow, for 30 minutes.
It all starts right here and on MTV at 7:56 p.m. ET, so don't miss a second!
Yesterday sure was a crazy day, wasn't it, folks? First, we get to (maybe) news that Zack Snyder, the often maligned director of "Watchmen" and "Man of Steel," would direct a stand-alone "Star Wars" movie, based loosely on Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai." Awesome, right? You're moving too quickly.
Not so fast, you nerf herder. Snyder's reps were quick to reply to Vulture's original report, claiming that the director is "not involved in any way with the new 'Star Wars.'" This reaction is more or less just a reflex for Hollywood publicists, who have no qualms about lying in order to protect an in-the-works deal.
So what's really going on? Vulture initially broke the news on Michael Arndt writing a treatment for the new "Star Wars" trilogy, so they have set a precedent for having some inside line on the franchise. Plus, we won't hear anything from Snyder's camp until the ink is dry. (If the development is even real.)
So what to do until we know for sure? We have some suggestions.
FROM MTV NEWS
Well, this is unexpected...
Vulture dropped a massive scoop today about the future of the "Star Wars" franchise and Zack Snyder, but this has pretty much nothing to do with "Episode VII," which still doesn't have a director.
Apparently, Snyder is developing a "Seven Samurai"-inspired stand-alone film set within the "Star Wars" universe. According to Vulture's sources, the film would go into production after "Episode VII" and work outside the new trilogy.
Before you start groaning about "Sucker Punch" and "Watchmen," take a nerdy breath. Snyder has a strong visual style, unlike anything that we've ever seen in the "Star Wars" universe before. Everyone out there who has said something along the lines of "Wouldn't it be cool if So-and-So directed a 'Star Wars' movie,' this is a victory for you. If Snyder is, in fact, making a stand-alone "Star Wars," this is a very promising sign of the direction Disney is looking to take the series. Strong visualists doing something different with a very familiar world.
Now go and watch "Seven Samurai" again!
Head over to MTV News for the full report on Zack Snyder and "Star Wars"!
Apes will rise this Friday, and you're going to want to be there to see it happen.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" already has some seriously strong critical buzz going for it, and having seen a preview screening of the movie earlier today I'd say that it's warranted. But if you still aren't sold on the
second attempt at a "Planet of the Apes" reboot, Next Movie has five clips to whet your appetite for this weekends lesson on "evolution = revolution."
Check out the rest of today's film news after the jump!
Love is a drug, and it's one we're getting addicted to in this exclusive clip from "Sucker Punch," which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next Tuesday (June 28).
MTV News has an exclusive first look at the dance sequence within Zack Snyder's latest. The sexy scene shows a whole lot of seductive dancing between Blue (Oscar Isaac) and Vera (Carla Gugino) to the tune of "Love Is The Drug." Cut into that cabaret-like sequence are shots of Rocket (Jena Malone), Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Amber (Jamie Chung) strutting their stuff on the stage while Baby Doll (Emily Browning) hangs in the background.
Zack Snyder's long-awaited cinematic mind-trip "Sucker Punch" finally hits theaters today. At the center of the story are five women, all of them inmates at the fictional Lennox House for the Mentally Insane. They're also exotic dancers, and ass-kicking warriors as well. The film's most intense action unfolds in a sort of fantasy reality. The less said about it here, the better; what you need to know is that each of the five Lennox inmates get to show off their particular talents during these sequences.
To get you in the mood for today's release, we've profiled each one right here on MTV Movies Blog all week. We've already highlighted Amber (Jamie Chung), Rocket (Jena Malone), Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens). Today we look at the last of the ladies, Babydoll, played by Emily Browning.
Music is an important aspect of any movie, but in "Sucker Punch," it's absolutely essential.
Director Zack Snyder sat down with MTV News to chat about his latest action epic, which lands in theaters today (March 25), and he discussed the integral role that music plays in the film. As you're likely already aware, "Sucker Punch" deals in multiple levels of reality, and when our heroes slip into that combat space, they do so through a combination of music and Baby Doll's mesmerizing dancing.
"I think the germ of the movie came from when we were talking about this sort of musical number I wanted to do," Snyder explained of the music of "Sucker Punch." "I thought it'd be cool to use this musical number as the spine of the movie, the spine of an action sequence, and then getting in and out of it would be, like, the music would start and that would draw us in. That would be the mechanism for the fantasy to begin, and when the music ended, that would be the mechanism for it ending."
Zack Snyder's long-awaited cinematic mind-trip "Sucker Punch" finally hits theaters this Friday. At the center of the story are five women, all of them inmates at the fictional Lennox House for the Mentally Insane. They're also exotic dancers, and ass-kicking warriors as well. The film's most intense action unfolds in a sort of fantasy reality. The less said about it here, the better; what you need to know is that each of the five Lennox inmates get to show off their particular talents during these sequences.
To get you in the mood for Friday's release, we're profiling each one right here on MTV Movies Blog all week. We've already highlighted Amber (Jamie Chung), Rocket (Jena Malone) and Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), and today we're showcasing Blondie, played by Vanessa Hudgens.