Warner Bros. has been trying to craft a new film adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel The Stand for several years. The studio has gone through a roster of writers and directors, but last year finally landed on The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone to write and direct.
Boone is a life-long fan of Stephen King, and has been pretty forthcoming with some comments about The Stand. Now, what was originally seen as a single-film adaptation has now expanded into something much bigger. Because WB likes the prospect of selling an event movie series rather than one single long dramatic horror movie, The Stand is now planned as a four-film series. Read More »
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When a landfill in New Mexico was dug up last year, with those involved hoping to exhume thousands of dumped copies of Atari’s terrible E.T. video game, the whole event was captured on camera for a documentary. That doc is Atari: Game Over, directed by Zak Penn, and it is now available online. Thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, you can watch Atari: Game Over for free. Read More »
The Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould and starring Bob Odenkirk, is set to premiere in February, and AMC will use the popularity of The Walking Dead to lead in to the new show. The Better Call Saul premiere is set to follow the midseason return of The Walking Dead season five, and Saul‘s second episode will air the next night, essentially making for a two-night premiere. A few more details on that are below, along with a nice (if short) new Better Call Saul trailer. Read More »
Zoolander 2 is one of those films that has been talked about for years, with original director and star Ben Stiller saying it is developing, if slowly. Now there’s a script, but still the wheels have been slow to turn. But we’ve had two other high-profile comedy sequels, Anchorman 2 and Dumb and Dumber To, and they might be empowering Stiller’s own idiot alter-ego Derek Zoolander to travel back to the screen. Zoolander 2 has just cast Penelope Cruz, and that’s a pretty good indication that something is really about to happen. Read More »
Jeremy Saulnier, the cinematographer-turned-director, got our attention in a big way with Blue Ruin. (That thriller is on our list of 50 great films you should see in 2014.) Now he’s making his second feature as a director. The movie, Green Room, features Patrick Stewart as a white supremacist scumbag who leads a gang that ends up in conflict with a punk band that witnesses one of the gang’s violent acts.
(Seriously, this movie sounds like a deep-sleep dream hatched after a night pounding boilermakers and reading a vintage issue of Maximum RocknRoll. I can’t wait.)
The first image of skinhead Patrick Stewart and his Green Room gang is out now; see it below. Read More »
The word “alien” is a big deal when talking about Prometheus and its potential sequel. Ridley Scott‘s film was, after all, a return to the universe he helped create in his defining 1979 film Alien. The signature alien — the xenomorph — from that film even made an appearance in altered but recognizable form at the end of Prometheus. But for the sequel, which will follow the character played by Noomi Rapace on a new journey, Scott says there are entirely new plans in mind. See what Scott has to say about new aliens in Prometheus 2 below. Read More »
The Woman in Black was something of a surprise success — the old-school supernatural thriller had the advantage of surprise, and of Daniel Radcliffe in one of his first post-Potter roles. Radcliffe and the surprise factor are not a part of the sequel, but there’s still a serious creep factor in The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, as a bus full of kids fleeing the Blitz in London arrive at the supernaturally dangerous Eel Marsh House. (And the film is called Angel of Death, which should be enough to generate some interest.) Check out the full-length Woman in Black 2 trailer below. This is a much different trailer compared to the one we saw last month. It is more focused and much more compact — it’s one of my new favorite one-minute edits.
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Sony has dropped the Steve Jobs movie that Danny Boyle has been preparing to direct. This is surprising development for Aaron Sorkin‘s Steve Jobs script, even given the lengthy and public casting process associated with it. The film was taking some time to come together, but Sorkin’s script is said to be unusual and demanding, and we would not have guessed this would go down like this. All is not lost for the script, however, as Universal is reportedly making moves to pick it up. Read More »