Nacho Vigalondo got our attention with the time-travel thriller TimeCrimes, and followed that up with the slightly more tender Extraterrestrial. His next feature film, Open Windows, is now in production, and it has a strange premise: the real-time thriller is almost a “continuous chase” that features a twist on found footage, as it unfolds on the screen of a laptop as a man searches for an actress abducted by a mysterious villain.

As the key couple, Vigalondo has cast his Fantastic Fest karaoke partner Elijah Wood, and Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience, and many other movies we, uh, didn’t cover) to play the object of Wood’s search in the film. Read More »

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Here’s a big reveal: in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Elijah Wood looks almost just like he did in the Lord of the Rings films, which he headlined as Frodo Baggins. The seemingly ageless Wood turned out to be the perfect choice to play Frodo, not only because of the qualities he broughtt to the screen in Peter Jackson‘s first three film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, but because a decade later he’s able to jump right back into the role of a slow-aging Hobbit.

A new batch of photos from Jackson’s first of three films adapting Tolkien’s early novel The Hobbit has hit, and one features the first good look at the return of Frodo. Check ‘em all out below. Read More »

Elijah Wood fans have lots to be happy about today. First up, he’s set to star in The Late Bloomer, the directorial debut of frequent Wilfred director Randall Einhorn, which tells the true story of a 30 year old man who goes through puberty in a matter of weeks. In addition, Wood has teamed up with Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller to form The Woodshed, an independent production label that’ll produce and distrubute genre films.

After the jump, read more about each project. Read More »

Briefly: Fans of horror and Elijah Wood have a bit of good news today as IFC Midnight has picked up the North American rights to Maniac, the first-person serial killer film directed by Franck Khalfoun. That means the film, a remake of the 1980 cult classic directed by William Lustig, will likely get a theatrical and VOD release sooner rather than later.

In the film, Wood plays the owner of a mannequin store who stalks and kills young women. The twist is that he tapes the encounters, and the movie is told through his camera. The audience only ever sees Wood in reflections. Maniac premiered at Cannes early this summer. Thanks to Deadline for the info. Head here for more on the film.

Here’s the full trailer for the remake of Maniac, which stars Elijah Wood as a very damaged guy who is very violently trying to come to terms with his troubled relationship with his mom.

We saw a not-quite-synced up trailer a week or so ago, and this is a full version of the same thing, with a full ending and, accordingly, a good dollop of extra horror. This one is definitely not safe for work due to nudity and a general atmosphere of ugliness. Read More »

William Lustig’s Maniac, released in 1980, is not a nice movie. It is an exploitation classic; a weird, super-creepy story of a very damaged man (originally played by Joe Spinell) who kills women as a way to articulate rage towards his deceased mother. It is dirty but effective, and

A Maniac remake shot recently with Elijah Wood in the lead role, and it doesn’t look like a nice movie, either. In fact, this version from director Franck Khalfoun (P2, Wrong Turn at Tahoe) and writers Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur & C.A. Rosenberg looks dirty and ugly in just the way you’d expect a film called Maniac to be.

The film is selling in Cannes now, and a sales teaser trailer has shown up online. This one is definitely not safe for work, thanks in part to nudity, but more for violence and general creepiness. One shot of a victim of Wood’s character towards the end of the teaser is really queasy. Read More »

Years ago, after the Keanu Reeves/Sandra Bullock thriller Speed dominated summer box office, jokes quickly spawned about how studio development of films based on the success of a story about a bomb-rigged bus that had to maintain speed in order to avoid detonation. “Speed on a Plane,” ” Speed in an Elevator,” and other gags were floated. It was the new “Die Hard on a ____” plot gag. Hell, a “Speed on a Boat” joke actually became Speed 2.

But I don’t think anyone ever talked about making “Speed at a piano,” until now. Read More »

If this collection of remake news bits is anything to go by, the ’70s and ’80s are back in full force. After the jump, the new Carrie dishes about Kimberly Peirce’s update, Ally Sheedy gets news of a WarGames remake, and Elijah Wood’s turn as a Maniac heads to Cannes.

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