World War Z 2

One of the biggest movie surprises of 2013 was the success of World War Z. The film hit theaters carrying some significant behind the scenes baggage, but ended up grossing over $200 million in the US and over $500 million internationally. It was a massive hit and talk of a sequel began to heat up soon after the film’s release. Not much happened on that front during 2014 but now, we finally have a small update on World War Z 2, scheduled to be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona for a 2016 release.

Steven Knight, the writer and director of Locke, and writer of Eastern Promises, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dirty Pretty Things and Seventh Son, is writing a treatment for the sequel. He suggested the film wouldn’t be what fans are expecting. He said he’s starting with a “clean slate.” Read more about World War Z 2 below. Read More »

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Beetlejuice 2 news

Tim Burton‘s latest film, Big Eyes, is now in theaters. His next film, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, is getting ready to shoot, aimed at a March 4, 2016 release. Once he’s done with that, the prolific filmmaker has a ton of options to choose from (as always). According to writer Seth Grahame-Smith, that’s when he’ll make their vision of Beetlejuice 2 into a reality. Read more about this as well as more Beetlejuice 2 news below. Read More »

Ouija movie

I have a vague recollection of seeing Ouija in the theater. I remember walking in, I remember Olivia Cooke and that iconic board game. I also have a weird memory of a finale in a basement. But that’s basically it. Suffice to say, the movie didn’t stick with me. It wasn’t that scary or compelling and I haven’t really thought about it since.

But no matter. The film only cost $5 million, had a $20 million opening, grossed $50 million domestic and another $30 million and change internationally. $5 million to make almost $85 million? That’s something film producers remember. Because of that, a Ouija sequel is in the works. Read More »

Blair Witch Project 3

The first Blair Witch Project was a cultural landmark. We’ve covered this in the past. But no movie that grosses $250 million against a budget of $60,000 is immune to the terrors of Hollywood. A sequel, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was released just a year later and though it made money, it was a terrible excuse for a follow-up.

Fifteen years have now passed since the last Blair Witch film and the horror genre has changed and evolved probably at least that many times over that time. You’d think the train had long left the station in terms of a Blair Witch Project 3 but, according to the film’s co-director Eduardo Sanchez, that’s not true. He said talks are ongoing with Lionsgate and a third film is “inevitable.” Then again, he’s been saying that for a long time. Read more below. Read More »

Danny Boyle Has a ’28 Months Later’ Idea

28 Months Later

For years, there has been the potential for some combination of director Danny Boyle, screenwriter Alex Garland and producer Andrew Macdonald to return to the story they originated in 28 Days Later. That film, a “viral outbreak” zombie story set in London and the English countryside, was an early example of digital cinematography and a big influence on the explosion of interest in zombie films. It spawned one sequel, 28 Weeks Later, and now Garland says that the three men have started to talk seriously about making a third film. Read More »

Poltergeist header

In 1982, Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist was rated PG. There’s no real violence, no real language so that rating sort of made sense. A PG rating probably let parents think the movie was family appropriate. Of course, we know that it’s not. It’s a horrifying movie, putting kids in all kinds of peril and if it was released today, it almost surely would have been rated at least PG-13.

Over thirty years later, Poltergeist has been remade and, according to one of its stars, it might be more inline with that original rating rather than the original movie. Sam Rockwell said the new film, directed by Gil Kenan and set for release July 24, 2015, is “more of a kids movie.” He said it’s not as scary as something like The Conjuring and is basically an “adventure.” Interesting. Read more Poltergeist remake news below. Read More »

Taken 3

After the jump:

  • Christopher Walken and more board Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
  • Mercedes-Benz shares a new bit of Jurassic World footage
  • Optimus Prime says Transformers 5 and 6 might be less dark
  • Liam Neeson kinda sorta maybe wants to make a Taken 4
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will shoot this summer
  • Seth Grahame-Smith teases Beetlejuice 2 and The Lego Batman Movie
  • Duncan Jones addresses the possibility of Warcraft sequels
  • James Wan‘s The Conjuring 2 is getting a rewrite
  • Check out the first poster for Toho’s Godzilla reboot

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Dying Light zombie parkour
UK filmmaker Scott Bass has created cool live-action short film based on Dying Light, Warner Bros Interactive’s upcoming action survival video game. Like the game, the trailer (or action short film) is presented in first-person perspective with a parkour style zombie chase that takes to rooftops and is non stop.

The game is set in a vast and dangerous open world. During the day, you roam an urban environment devastated by a mysterious epidemic, scavenging for supplies and crafting weapons to help you defeat the hordes of mindless, flesh-hungry enemies the plague has created. At night, the hunter becomes the prey as the infected grow in strength and aggression – but even more lethal are the nocturnal, inhuman predators that leave their nests to feed. You will need to make use of all your skills and any available means to survive till dawn.

I’m not a big video gamer, so the game doesn’t interest me much but I found this live action trailer to be quite intense. Watch the ‘Dying Light’ Zombie Parkour short film now embedded after the jump.
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