It box-office

The next Stephen King adaptation is on track to fare a whole lot better at the box-office than The Dark Tower. While the tale of the gunslinger, the man in black, and some kid floundered at the box office, the story of the Losers’ Club trying to survive in Derry, Maine is both a cheaper production and has generated far more advance buzz. A few weeks from its release date, It has a lot going for it, including some great marketing, nostalgia for the 1990 miniseries, and the King name. It’s no wonder the horror movie is expected to make a killing opening weekend.

Below, read more about the It box office tracking.

Read More »

It MPAA rating

It is the story of a shapeshifting monster that takes on the form of a clown named Pennywise so it can murder children. And yet, millions of people first encountered this tale as a television miniseries. In 1990. On ABC. To say that the beloved television adaptation was watered down from the source material would be an understatement.

For the new big screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s classic novel, director Andy Muschietti has embraced the R-rating, aiming for a version that can capture the uncomfortable darkness of the source material. During a set visit to the film’s Toronto set last year, he and producer Barbara Muschietti shared the details on why they’re embracing the rating…and focusing on practical effects whenever possible.

Read More »

it sequel

It hasn’t even hit theaters yet and director Andy Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti are already talking about a sequel.

But can you blame them? Their movie only adapts one-half of Stephen King‘s massive novel, which jumps between stories set in 1957 and 1984 (although the ’50s portion is now 1989 in the film). The new big screen version of It follows the story of the “Losers’ Club,” a group of kids who do battle with an ancient supernatural entity…and excludes entirely the scenes where they reunite nearly 30 years later to finish the job.

While visiting the Toronto set of It last year, the filmmakers seemed confident about taking on the sequel at some point. In fact, they shared with us a few scenes and ideas from the original novel that were axed from the first movie but will play a role in a hopeful It sequel.

Read More »

Stephen King's It Trailer - Pennywise - It Footage Reaction

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is an unlikely horror movie icon, mainly because he has yet to appear in a horror movie. Many people know him from Stephen King‘s classic horror tome It. Many more know him from the 1990 TV miniseries adaptation, where he was played so memorably by the great Tim Curry. So, how does a 2017 big screen version of It take on a character so familiar (and so frightening) to so many people? Simple: you reinvent him/it from the ground up.

With this new version of It, director Andy Muschietti and actor Bill Skarsgård deliberately set out to create a version of Pennywise that feels nothing like Curry’s performance. In many ways, it looks nothing like the version described in King’s work, either. This Pennywise (actually the favorite form of an ancient, shape-shifting monster that preys on children) looks to reinvent the “scary clown” for a new generation of moviegoers.

When I visited the Toronto set of It last year, I saw firsthand just how different this Pennywise will be…and courtesy of the filmmakers and Skarsgård, learned just how this unique take came into being in the first place.

Read More »

houdini

Mama director Andres Muschietti has been lining up some high-profile projects since his 2013 breakout horror movie. Muschietti not only replaced Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) on a Stephen King adaptation, It, but he was also briefly attached to The Mummy reboot and signed on to helm the video game adaptation, Shadows of Colossus. With The Witch of Lime Street, Muschietti adds another potential film to his future. Learn more about the Harry Houdini film after the jump.

Read More »

Whether Universal can convince Andy Muschietti to come back for a Mama sequel remains to be seen, but the studio is sticking with the horror director one way or another. Muschietti has entered talks to helm Universal’s post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box, based on an upcoming book by musician Josh Malerman. The project also brings back Muschietti’s sister and Mama co-writer / producer Barbara Muschietti, who’ll produce along with Scott Stuber and Chris Morgan.

Read More »

The Hangover Part III may feature a whole new plotline, but based on these new stills the wolf pack still looks exactly the same. Also after the jump:

  • Dwayne Johnson is pumped for Fast & Furious 6
  • The latest Star Trek comic drops still more hints
  • The Allspark might resurface in Transformers 4
  • Stephenie Meyer wants The Host to be a trilogy
  • Producer says there have been no Mama 2 talks
  • The Best Man sequel has a real title now
  • The first Cloudy 2 trailer will debut this week
  • Riddick takes the throne in a new photo

Read More »

All preconceived notions about the supernatural thriller Mama fly out the window when Jessica Chastain walks in the room. Before that moment, the film could be an archetypal supernatural thriller with little girls, a spectral being and a strong female lead like Naomi Watts in The Ring, Nicole Kidman in The Others or Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby. But when Chastain strolls into a conference room at Pinewood Studios in Toronto, Canada in October 2011, it’s immediately clear Mama is not that.

Instead of her usual warm, blond or red head look, Chastain has a short black pixie haircut, tons of eye shadow, torn purple Mistfits t-shirt, faded black hot pants and a full sleeve octopus tattoo on her left arm. This not your typical heroine. This is a punk rock chick who’d usually be dead 20 minutes into a normal horror movie. But in director Andy Muschietti‘s Mama, based on an award-winning short film of the same name, she’s the star, a rebel unwillingly forced to look after two haunted girls who’ve been found fending for themselves after being missing for five years.

It’s day 18 of 46 on the Toronto set of Mama, a supernatural thriller produced by Guillermo Del Toro opening January 18, and the wardrobe of the star is just one of the pleasant surprises Mama has in store for us. Read More »

‘Mama’ Trailer: A Mother Never Forgets

The trailer for Mama doesn’t mess around — it gives you a feral child within seconds, and ultimately gets to some effectively creepy ghost scares by the time the title card hits, all without feeling like it has given away the entire film.

Jessica Chastain (decked out in a black bob and dark wardrobe that highlights her vague resemblance to a young Angelina Jolie) plays the woman who ends up being a surrogate mother for two children who lived alone in the woods after their parents were killed. But the childrens’ real mother may not be entirely gone, and she might not be entirely OK with the new family arrangement. See the trailer below. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web: