Friday the 13th sequel

Few Friday the 13th fans will forget the 2013 rumor that producers were exploring a found footage angle for Jason’s next big screen massacre. The news immediately struck a nerve of the fan community with most being very vocal against the idea. “Please no,” “Ugh, F*** off” “Found footage idea sucks” and “This sounds like dogs***” are just four of the comments on our article about the rumor. Since then, we’ve only heard a few key updates on the film. Director David Bruckner and writer Nick Antosca are on board, with the film moving towards a Summer 2016 release date.

Now, producer Brad Fuller admitted the negative fan reaction to the found footage idea helped them discard that version of the film. He says their current take will be more of what fans want. Read the latest on the Friday the 13th sequel below. Read More »


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Friday the 13th sequel

Today is Friday the 13th and you’re probably seen images of Jason Voorhees, the killer at the center of the crazy successful Friday the 13th franchise, all over social media. The last film in the series was released in 2009 and a sequel has been in works since then. It was originally supposed to come out early this year, and is now set for May 13, 2016.

However, in that time we’ve heard very little concrete information on the film. We know Paramount will distribute. We know Platinum Dunes will produce and David Bruckner will direct. After that, the speculation has run rampant: will the next Friday the 13th sequel will once again reboot the franchise? Will it be found footage film? How will it use Jason?

Brad Fuller, one of the heads of Platinum Dunes, sat down with Esquire Magazine to offer some big updates on the franchise. The biggest being an interesting potential twist for the story, but also the assertion that it won’t be found-footage. (Which will hopefully put that one rumor to bed for good.) Read the Friday the 13th sequel update below. Read More »

Project Almanac set visit

We’ve all seen time travel, but we’ve never seen time travel the Michael Bay way. Bay is one of the producers of Project Almanac, a found-footage time travel movie described as Primer meets Chronicle. In the film, time travel is raw, gritty and painful. Bay’s time travel is pretty unique, and will be handled by the film’s director Dean Israelite.

“I’m South African, so I fly to South Africa all of the time and I’m totally f****d up after a twenty-four hour flight,” said the first time director. “And I haven’t time travelled. So If I’m f****d up just going on a plane, what are these characters going to feel like when they go back in time?”

He went on to describe how, in Project Almanac, time travel involves weightlessness, electromagnetic fields, and all sorts of environmental craziness. In short, this isn’t time travel you’re used to seeing in other films that may or many not have been set in this year.

But, to be frank, we didn’t see it either. Much of that time travel visualization will be done in post. When we visited the Atlanta, GA set of Project Almanac on July 1, 2013, Israelite was shooting the most important time-travel excursion of the film. In it, a tight-knit group of friends go to the bathroom during school and travel back in time to go Lollapalooza. Girls in bikinis and guys in chain mail, peacock feathers, leis, neon tank tops, beer hats, body paint, rainbow wigs and all the madness you’d expect at a music festival were on set. It was a crazy scene, one that plays a pivotal role in the January 31 film, and a great example of how Project Almanac is doing time travel in a very modern, 2015-ready way.

Below, read more of our Project Almanac set visit.
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TMNT sequel characters

The big-screen revival of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has done well enough to warrant a sequel. And so TMNT 2 (or whatever the title will be) is already greenlit for a 2016 release. The first film didn’t feature many fan-favorite elements from various previous Turtle incarnations, and it changed some of the stuff that was included. So what can we expect in the sequel? Director Jonathan Liebesman and producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have been talking, and they suggest there’s a chance that the TMNT sequel characters could include some or all of the following: Krang, Casey Jones, and Bebop and Rocksteady.

Read quotes on all that below, and see some concept art for Turtle designs that didn’t make the cut for this first film. Read More »


When we first reported on the Naked Gun reboot, we wrote that star Ed Helms was “the new Leslie Nielsen.” As it turns out, that’s not quite accurate. Hit the jump to find out the relation between Helms’ character and Nielsen’s. Also:

  • The Tekken prequel gets a title and a star
  • Brad Fuller offers plot details on The Purge 2
  • … and hints at a Jason-free Friday the 13th
  • … and shuts down those TMNT alien rumors
  • Kimberly Peirce doesn’t want more Carrie movies
  • Ron Howard confirms Chris Pratt for Jurassic World
  • Watch the A Haunted House 2 trailer at your own risk
  • HBO is already working on the Normal Heart sequel

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While fans have been very vocal regarding Michael Bay’s comments about his company’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, Ninja Turtles, one thing that hasn’t really been discussed is the human element. While the turtles themselves are essential, the supporting characters are a huge part of the universe. So will Casey Jones and April O’Neil make appearances? We don’t know yet. What we do know is hip hop aritst Kid Cudi (who hit song “Pursuit of Happiness” was recently remixed in Project X) is most likely helping with the film in some way.

Cudi, real name Scott Mescudi, first posted a photo on his Tumblr of a Ninja Turtle with a caption suggesting he was going to be part of the film, next tweeted about Bay’s comments and then producer Brad Fuller retweeted an article about the whole situation. Seems like a good bet he’ll be part of the movie. How so exactly? Speculate and see the evidence after the jump. Read More »

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Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has reappeared on Twitter over the weekend to offer a couple updates on future sequels of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Find out what he said, after the jump.
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Michael Bay

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.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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 »