Saw series helmer Darren Lynn Bousman will direct a remake of the 1980 Troma cult classic exploitation slasher film Mother’s Day. You might remember, Bousman told Brendon at Frightfest that his next film would be Mother’s Day. Well now it’s official.
The original Charles Kaufman film told the story of three women who go on a camping trip and encounter two brothers who rape and kill to impress their deranged mother. The Scott Milam-scripted remake sees the messed-up family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new owners and their guests.
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Today was a special one-off Frightfest event, which saw the return of the festival to it’s seedbed cinema, The Prince Charles, on Leicester Place in London. There are four separate Film 4 Frightfests a year – a full weekender in August, a Glasgow satellite event, an all-nighter at the ICA and, finally, what would usually be an all-Lionsgate fixture. This was the Lionsgate date, but this time only one of their pictures was on the program and some other distributors were called upon to make up the numbers.
As well as the UK premieres of Embodiment of Evil, Shuttle, and Repo! The Genetic Opera, the fest also featured the world premiere of Lesbian Vampire Killers and a special double bill of Not Quite Hollywood and Turkey Shoot. There’s something brief on each of those, as well as news bits from or about Darren Lynn Bousman, Dario Argento, Terrance Zdunich, Phil Claydon and MyAnna Buring after the break.
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On last night’s /filmcast, we asked you guys to name a third franchise film that was better than the original. One of the suggested contenders? Leprechaun 3. Well, wise guy, put on your disco slippers because Darren Lynn Bousman, the director of Saw 2, 3, 4 and Repo! The Genetic Opera, has issued a “call me” to Lionsgate for a new Leprechaun theatrical installment. Here’s what Bousman confessed to MTV…
“If Lionsgate is listening, give me Leprechaun. …Back to the old west,” Bousman said. “You send him in a time machine and transport him to the old west. There are gold rushes. There are gunfights. It’s awesome! I have the whole thing already worked out!”
Bousman said his dream flick wouldn’t be horror per se. The proposed Wild, Wild West setting would perfectly compliment other cherished Warwick Davis-vehicles like 1997’s Leprechaun in Space, 2000’s Leprechaun in the Hood (golden bars!), and the unreleased Leprechaun in OverTwittered Olympics. Anyone have the box set? If so, pass go. Your contribution to society is complete…until the next box set. Personally, I’m highly in favor of Bousman getting his way. Lionsgate, go play Asteroids with brain cells.
Discuss: Did you know that Leprechaun in Space is the only film in this esteemed franchise where our lucky dwarf doesn’t rap? Provide some fitting Wild Wild West lyrics below and I’ll include the dumbest entry in the post with credit.
Dumbest Leprechaun Rap Goes to Gajonka: “You ride shotgun on that wagon, yo, but I got me GOLD hidden in a grave out West. Let’s hit the saloon for showdown, we’ll see who’s best rebel—I’ll drop you with my lucky charms, yo.”
DVDForum.at has posted three new photos from Darren Lynn Bousman’s upcoming horror musical REPO! The Genetic Opera. Head on over to the site for higher resolution versions.
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A new movie trailer for Darren Lynn Bousman‘s Repo! The Genetic Opera has gone online as the Fantasia Film Festival begins next week. I hate to rehash the quotes used in the trailer, but the movie looks both stunning and original, and might very well become an instant cult classic. It looks like Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Blade Runner meets Saw. I also love the fusion of comic book styling used in the backstory and actor credits. And did I mention the music? Tell me what you think in the comments below!
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Set in the 2056, REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, tells the story of an epidemic of organ failures that devastates the planet, killing tens of millions. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants… for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family’s mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II, SAW III, SAW IV) and produced by Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate, this futuristic horror rock opera stars Paul Sorvino (GOODFELLAS), Alexa Vega (SPY KIDS), Paris Hilton (HOUSE OF WAX), Anthony Head (TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Bill Moseley (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), Ogre (from the band Skinny Puppy) and world-renowned opera singer Sarah Brightman (Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera”).
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Global Nerdy brings us the photo of the day: Speeder Dogs.
Charles Grodin will cameo in Jason Segel‘s new Muppet Movie. [mtv]
TorrentSpy already shut its doors earlier this year, and now they have been hit with a $110 million judgment against its parent company, Valence Media. The MPAA has won. [mashable]
Collider has a preview of their set report of G.I. Joe.
Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman have just completed a screenplay based on Mark Millar’s graphic comic book ‘Kick-Ass‘. [dailymail]
HollywoodInk has a poster for this year’s Summer movie season (pictured left).
Rotten Tomatoes has an exclusive video diary from the set of Quantum of Solace.
Vulture wonders what unsung comic book superheroes should star in The Avengers.
Ellen Page is set to play one of English literature’s most famous characters, the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. [Variety]
Topless Robot counts down the 11 Best Songs from Geek-Movie Soundtracks.
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in the Marc Webb-helmed romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer for Fox Searchlight, which centers on a man (Gordon-Levitt) who falls hopelessly in love with a woman (Deschanel) who doesn’t believe in love. [variety]
CineVegas has announced their line-up which includes: The Rocker, Dark Streets, Your Name Here, Beautiful Losers, Chelsea on the Rocks, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Choke, and Schoof [thecircuit]
The Sundance Channel has been acquired by New York-based Cablevision Systems for $496 million in stock and cash. [imdb]
Director Darren Lynn Bousman has officially been asked to direct the remake to Hellraiser. [bloody-disgusting]
io9 has the latest on the Cloverfield Managa.
SNL have announced Shia LeBoeuf will host May 10th with My Morning Jacket and Steve Carell will host season finale on May 17th with Usher. [collider]
The internet teaser trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno will hit the web next week. [newsaskew]
The first production photo of Moon Bloodgood as Det. Maya Sunee in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li was released on the movie’s official blog.
Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas are joining Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page in Michael Lander’s psychological thriller “Peacock.” [THR]
GuideSpot has a Google Maps guide of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Bay Area.
Tom Cruise has launched Tom Cruise.com.
Tom Hanks endorses Barack Obama.
My friend John Campea over on The Movie Blog listed five lesser known comic character movies he’d like to see
Wanted and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army will open and close the Los Angeles Film Festival.
FirstShowing takes a look at the Future of Iron Man: Alcoholic Tony Stark, War Machine, and Beyond!
The first trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor will hit in June. [SciFi]
Maya Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Alex Rivera’s Sundance award-winner Sleep Dealer. [THR]
Darren Lynn Bousman just finished editing REPO! The Genetic Opera!, but the SAW series director is already talking about sequel possibilities. In his latest blog entry, Darren writes:
“If I have my way – I am only leaving one franchise to start another! Maybe this time next year as SAW VI is gearing up – I will working on REPO II… One can only dream…”
Bousman also talked breifly about his visit to the SAW V production offices, and his meeting with David Hackl, who will be taking over the series.
“I have to be honest – it’s a hard pill to swallow… Handing over the baton – – passing the torch – – call it what you will… But for the last three years SAW has been my life… Last week, they opened up the preproduction office for V. It feels strange not to be there… It feels even stranger knowing that those production offices are only two blocks from where I am now… But, I feel confident in the fact that the franchise is in great hands with David – and that it was time for me to move on…”
Repo! The Genetic Opera! will hit theaters later this year. SAW V will hit theaters on October 24th 2008 (because, “If it’s Halloween, It’s SAW”).
Five weeks after Repo! The Genetic Opera! wrapped production, director Darren Lynn Bousman reports that a first cut of the film in is the can. And while that is a cause for celebration, Bousman is becoming more unsure of what the audience for this musical horror film might be.
“The truth of the matter is – I have no fucking CLUE what the public and movie goer is going to say about this movie…” Bousman writes in his latest blog entry. “As I have said numerous times – this isn’t SAW… Nor is it SWEENY TODD… It’s a hybrid of horror, comedy, and good old fashion ROCK and ROLL!”
Bousman hopes to garner a Rocky Horror-ish response, with people singing in the theaters.
“[that] is my TRUE dream of the this movie… That I walk into a theatre somewhere and hear the audience singing along to ZYDRATE ANATOMY – or WE STARTED THIS OPERA SHIT…”
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SAW IV producer Mark Burg and director Darren Lynn Bousman announced at Comic-Con that the MPAA has given SAW 4 an NC-17 rating. I assume they will go back and make cuts to earn a R-rating but producer Mark Burg says “One day we’d like to have the guts and leave it like it is” So who knows. I’m sure Lionsgate wants to reach as many people as possible and unfortunately that means they must conform to the ratings board. In fact, even a clip of the first five minutes of the film was rejected by Comic-Con because it was too intense.
Bousman says that if there was ever a line that he promised himself he wouldn’t cross, he crossed that line in SAW 4. And as for the critics, Bousman says “Fuck em”. Burg adds, “We’d like to think that you (the fans) are coming for the story in addition to the fucked up brutal violence”
“With the last two films the traps were the very last things we worked on,” says Bousman. “It starts with the themes first.”
When asked how there can be a Saw 4 when (spoiler alert) Jigsaw dies in the third film. Bousman says “In our world, legends never die.” Producer Mark Burg promises fans that there are no cheats, and that fans will be shocked to find out who everything happens.
“I think it;’s the best ending of any SAW movie we’ve done yet,” said Burg, who promises the biggest shocker yet.
Bousman even admitted that he thought there was no way to make a sequel when he agreed to film SAW 3, but Mark promised that it was not only possible but inevitable – there was a plan.
Tobin Bell who plays the character in the film series was also in attendance. Bell has done extensive research into the background of his character. Bousman says he has notebooks worth of data on everything about the character.
“I could ask Tobin if Jigsaw is a vegetarian and he would know and tell me why and how.”
The clip shown involves a man who wakes up in a room with his eyes sewn shut. He has a collar around his neck attached to a chain. The other end of the chain is attached to a man who has his mouth sewn shut. There is a key on the man with no vision which may open the man with no voice’s neck clamp. In the middle of them is a trap device which is spooling the chain inward. What follows was a blood filled brutal fight for survival. I’ll just say this, if they allowed this clip than the first five minutes of the movie most be disgustingly gory.
Justin Louis and Lyriq Bent have been cast in SAW IV. Director Darren Lynn Bousman confirmed the casting to BD and JoBlo:
“I am so stoked – one reason I love this franchise is most everyone has come back on the crew. Same Costume team – same props team – same production designer – DP – AD’s – basically everyone… At this point it’s like one big dysfunctional family… That holds true with the cast. We have some crazy surprises in store for the fans this year. Stuff no one is expected,” Bousman told BD.
“Yes Lyriq Bent is in fact returning… He is a great actor – and am very excited to be working with him yet again – on part IV.Â Â The story is much darker – more fucked up – and much more psychological! Oh yeah and there is some blood too!” Bousman told JoBlo.
The movie will center around Bent’s character Rigg.
Justin Louis’ filmography includes Shooter, The Marsh and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake. Bent was in both of the SAW sequels, The Caveman’s ValentineÂ and Four Brothers.
Production begins next week. SAW 4 hits theaters on October 26th 2007.