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Briefly: We don’t currently know much about the Confidential Alien Project (that’s a placeholder title) outside of the fact that it will be a Paramount film and that new writer Bobby Glickert has sold an alien-themed pitch to Platinum Dunes producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. THR says the plot involves ‘alien abductions,’ and that, despite writing the treatment and assembling a two minute trailer that helped sell the pitch, Glickert won’t write. Another screenwriter will be hired instead. Glickert will direct.

In theory, I love this idea, because Paramount has the film set up as a low-budget affair. Deadline says the budget is planned for about $12m. The studio has done well with low-budget stuff already (Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity) and has the J.J. Abrams film Super 8 coming up. But two of the three projects I just mentioned have J.J. Abrams as a factor, and Platinum Dunes is no Abrams. I would like to know more about Bobby Glickert, however, as he’s gone from PAing on Transformers and helming some shorts to this deal. That’s a heck of a rise, so maybe there’s something special there.

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Do you like your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ultra-gritty, ‘realistic’ and with a lot of violence, but without a lot of particularly interesting violence? Then you’re in luck! Paramount became the new home for TMNT last year when Nickelodeon paid $60m for global rights to the characters, and the studio has now handed the development of a new feature film over to Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes. Read More »

Is The Friday the 13th Sequel Dead?

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When I was on the set of Samuel Bayer’s remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller were so very sure that a sequel to Friday the 13th would be their next project. That no longer seems to be the case.

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Back in June, I has a chance to visit the set of Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street with a group of online journalists. This week we will be publishing the interviews we conducted on the set of the movie. After the jump you can read our extensive interview with Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

As the head executives of Michael Bay’s genre production company, Fuller and Form have produced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 remake, and 2006 prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, as well as The Amityville Horror 2005 remake, The Hitcher, Horsemen, The Unborn, and the Friday the 13th 2009 remake.

We caught up with Brad and “Drew” in a little roundtable interview area off to the side of the set. Read the full interview after the jump.

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The notion of remaking Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds was absurd from day one, and now the Platinum Dunes guys are suggesting they’ve started to see the light. “We lay ourselves out there and get annihilated out there online all day long,” said producer Brad Fuller during a chat with journos on the set of A Nightmare on Elm St., “and [The Birds] just opens us up to a whole different level of annihilation.” What’s the conclusion? “…it doesn’t feel like that’s up next for us.” More pecking around the corpse of The Birds and the (still?) planned Rosemary’s Baby re-do after the jump. Read More »

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Update: /Film commenter, Infrafan, points out that a “snowbound” setting opens up the following scenario: Jason finds himself on a frozen lake. Jason then “plays hockey” with the decapitated head of an AXE body spray model or a fake breast. Knowing Platinum Dunes, we could actually see this happening.

Even though last February’s Friday the 13th opened to $44 million domestic but failed to crack the $100m milestone due to underwhelming word-of-mouth and stunted effort to make a definitive and fun entry, Platinum Dunes made a killing on the $16 million budget. Semi-good news: The horror company’s go-to director Marcus Nispel will not be back for the previously announced sequel. Uber-bad news: Unfortunately, Nispel will take his exhausted MTV-metallic sheen and ridiculously back-lit atmospherics to Conan instead. Ryan Rotten at STYD spoke recently with PD producer, Brad Fuller, who felt the need to fess up to fans’ criticisms of the first film and reveal the “hook” for the sequel.

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The gory image above is our first clear look at Laurie Strode, once again played by actress Scout Taylor-Compton, in H2: Halloween 2. Nice chipped teeth, eh? As you’ll recall, Strode is the (formerly) estranged sister of slasher Michael Myers, and according to horror visionaire Rob Zombie, “let’s just say this is the best part of her stay [at the hospital]. The worst is yet to come.” It will be interesting to see how Zombie’s sequel deviates from the original underrated 1981 follow-up, which was co-written and ghost-edited by The Shape’s creator, John Carpenter, and also set partially in a hospital to creepy effect. On his blog, Zombie has ended speculation about actor Malcolm McDowell reprising the pivotal character, Dr. Loomis, confirming that “he’s back and ready to deal with Big Mike.”As we’ve mentioned, H2 is due with the quickness this August and is now shooting in the state of Georgia.

After the jump: Hunter’s lengthy rant on the complete disappoinment and failure that was Marcus Nispel’s Friday the 13th, and Platinum Dunes’ annoying reign over horror icons vs. Rob Zombie’s polarizing Halloween and interpretation of Michael Myers. No friggin’ contest!

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While at Comic Con, I got the opportunity to sit down and talk one-on-one with Friday the 13th producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, both of whom were nice enough to give me the lowdown as to what stage of production their other upcoming remakes are currently at.

Here’s what they said about each…

The Birds – “Martin Campbell is going to be directing that. Naomi Watts has said that she wants to star in the movie. We have a treatment that we’re submitting to the studio in the next week or so. And if they sign off on that treatment, we’ll go to script, and hopefully we’ll have a script that’s shootable next summer.”

Nightmare on Elm Street – “We don’t have a deal to do that yet. We’re hoping that will happen soon. But as of today, we don’t have a deal. New Line hired a writer, Wesley Strick, to start writing it. And we have nothing to do with it except maybe ask them to hire us.”

“We’re close. A deal’s being set.”

Rosemary’s Baby – “We’re in the process of hiring a writer, to kind of update that movie. That’s the next movie that we’re making with Paramount Studios.”

For those that don’t know, Martin Campbell is the director of Casino Royale, so as far as I’m concerned, a remake of The Birds might very likely be excellent. That doesn’t necessarily mean it should be made, but I definitely have more faith in it than these other two potential projects. I can at least see a new version of The Birds existing without detracting from the original, but attempting to remake Rosemary’s Baby just seems beyond pointless. And it’s kind of hard to have any high hopes for Nightmare on Elm Street when the only name connected to it as of now is Wesley Strick, the screenwriter for The Glass House and Doom.

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