31 release date

Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you? Well, probably because the movies have taught us that clowns tend to be insane murderers at best and child-devouring supernatural entities at worst. Anyone willing to put on a red nose and a wig, cinema says, is someone you should not trust.

But hey, at least they make pretty solid fodder for horror movies and it’s starting to look like 2016 will be a banner year for the “evil clowns kill a bunch of people” subgenre. 31 and Clown, both about evil circus folk and both represented by noteworthy filmmakers, have landed release dates. Nightmares do come true!

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Meg Director

An adaptation of Meg (short for “megalodon”) has been in the works for almost 20 years. Back in 2007, director Jan de Bont (Speed) was attached to the a version produced by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak), but after two and a half years of production and millions of dollars spent, New Line pulled the plug.

The killer shark movie has seen signs of life over the years. Eli Roth (Knock Knock) recently signed on to direct Meg, but after being attached for less than a year, he’s dropped out. Now, the director of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Cool RunningsJon Turteltaub, is Roth’s potential replacement.

Learn more about Meg below.

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cabin fever remake

It’s been a long 13 years since Eli Roth‘s directorial debut, Cabin Fever, so fans of the film are finally getting the remake they’ve always wanted. Kidding aside, yes, the remake of Roth’s horror movie is due out in theaters next month, and there’s now a trailer for the film.

Check it out below.

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Eli Roth

The last time Eli Roth worked in television was for Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, which lasted for three seasons. The horror show wasn’t one of the streaming service’s critical darlings, and it didn’t seem to be much of a hit with its customers either. Maybe his next effort will be better. Roth, partnering with Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) and producer James Manos Jr. (Dexter), worked on another show premiering next month, South of Hell.

Watch the first South of Hell trailer after the jump.

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Blade Runner art by Benjamin Carré

Blade Runner art by Benjamin Carré

In today’s edition of Sequel bits we take a look at:

  • Brad Bird teases the origins of The Incredibles 2 story.
  • Director Denis Villeneuve talks about why he is taking on Blade Runner 2.
  • Screenwriter Max Landis pitches his idea for Man of Steel 2.
  • Shaun the Sheep 2 in development.
  • Lara Pulver joins Underworld 5.
  • Eli Roth has an idea for Hostel: Part IV.
  • Two new attraction posters for Jurassic World.
  • A new tv trailer for Ride Along 2.

All this and more. Hit the jump to get started.

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Knock Knock trailer

Every kid knows better than to invite strangers in, but sometimes adults forget. And sometimes, said adults also kinda-sorta forget they’re married, cheat on their wives with two nubile hotties, are literally tortured as a result.

That’s the premise of Eli Roth‘s new thriller Knock Knock, with Keanu Reeves as the guy making the terrible mistake and Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the young women who tempt and then torment him. Watch the Knock Knock trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Green Inferno trailer

In Eli Roth‘s film The Green Inferno, well-meaning activist kids go to the Amazon with hopes of stopping deforestation. But the leaders of this group aren’t quite as upstanding as they first appear to be, but that’s only one of the problems facing the kids. Disaster strikes, leaving the group stranded in the Amazon, where they find themselves in a plot right out of a ’70s cannibal exploitation thriller.

The film was held in its own sort of hell for over a year, with distribution plans caught in legal wrangling between companies. Now Blumhouse and Universal will release the movie this fall under the BH Tilt banner, and a new Green Inferno trailer cut for that release is now available. There’s new footage here not seen in previous trailers cut for the old release plan, so check it out. Read More »

Meg movie

It’s been lurking in the waters of Hollywood for almost a decade, the monster movie Meg may be resurfacing once again.

Meg is a killer shark story based on a 1997 book written by Steve Allen that has been at multiple studios over the past decade, with many of different names on board. The project had been thought dormant for a good long while, but now a script by Dean Georgaris reportedly has Warner Bros. excited by the monster movie. In fact, the studio is currently in talks with Eli Roth to helm what it hopes could be a new franchise. Read more about the Meg movie below. Read More »

Green Inferno release date

Eli Roth‘s film The Green Inferno — a lurid and very violent expedition deep into South American jungle which leaves a bunch of inexperienced college-age activists in a very bad place — has a new home, and will finally come to theaters in the US. The new initiative called BH Tilt, an offshoot of Blumhouse Productions, will release the film this fall. BH Tilt is being called a label “dedicated to creating tailored distribution strategies for genre films,” and the September Green Inferno release date will mark one of the company’s big moves.  Read More »