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Hollywood is ready to roll the dice on another board game adaptation. A bidding war has broken out over Monsterpocalypse, a robots-versus-monsters game adaptation that has Fede Alvarez on board to direct. If the concept reminds you a bit of Pacific Rim, you’re not the only one who’s noticed — an earlier version of the project stalled after Guillermo del Toro’s jaegers and kaiju stomped all over theaters in 2013. Read More »

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don't breathe review

Don’t Breathe revives one of the horror genre’s most convenient tropes: what happens when a group of genuinely rotten characters find themselves up against someone so much worse? It’s like a get-out-jail-free card for any filmmaker with a nasty streak, as they can proceed to punish the lead characters in unfathomable ways without asking the audience to feel too guilty for relishing in their suffering.

And director Fede Alvarez lays that suffering on with a heavy brush. Once Don’t Breathe finds its rhythm, it becomes one of the most relentless horror movies in recent memory, a non-stop assault that finds that fine line between crowd-pleasing and shit-your-pants terrifying. Alvarez already showed horror fans that he wasn’t kidding around with his vicious 2013 Evil Dead remake, but Don’t Breathe is his and his alone, proof that his brand of intensity can operate when removed from a beloved franchise.

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Justice League Dark Director

Comc book fans who were looking forward to seeing Justice League Dark hit the big screen with director Guillermo del Toro behind the camera had their hearts broken when the filmmaker stepped away from the project over the summer. Since then, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was rumored to be offered the job, but he has chosen not to be involved as well. Now a new rumor gives us a couple more options for a potential Justice League Dark director.

As of now, Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez and Big Bad Wolves directing duo Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are said to be the top contenders for the job, which gives us a good idea of what kind of tone Warner Bros. might be going for with this supernatural comic book adaptation. Read More »

new Sam Raimi Fede Alvarez thriller

The whole crew behind the Evil Dead remake — producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, director and co-writer Fede Alvarez, and writer Rodo Sayagues — are working together on a new thriller. The film is A Man in the Dark, which Raimi and Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures is assembling now, with international sales about to kick off at next week’s American Film Market. Read More »

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Sorry fans. No matter what Bruce Campbell says, Bruce Campbell says don’t get too excited about Army of Darkness 2. After the actor was recently quoted saying “Yes,” the film will happen, he has now backtracked on that. Campbell now says despite the “random comments” that slip out of his mouth sometimes, the film is not a reality until we hear something from the production company, it’s given a release date or a start date. And, as of yet, none of that has happened.

He also doesn’t seem too hopeful about a sequel to this year’s Evil Dead remake, talking about how director Fede Alvarez (himself a subject of uncertainty regarding the franchise) has moved on to other things.

Listen to Campbell’s quotes below.
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UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, Fede Alvarez said the below quotes were “lost in translation” and he still is attached to the film. The original story follows with the update at the bottom.

This year’s release of the Evil Dead remake breathed new life into a revered, but seemingly complete franchise. Suddenly, star Bruce Campbell and director turned producer Sam Raimi were talking about new sequels and Fede Alvarez, who directed the bloody remake, was planning his own sequel that would dovetail with what came before. Evil Dead fans were in speculation heaven as it seemed likely Ash would meet Mia at a cabin in the woods.

Months have passed though and while the original camp, Campbell and Raimi, are still adamant their sequelArmy of Darkness 2 – is happening, the other film might not. Rodo Sayagues, co-writer of this year’s Evil Dead, now says he and Alvarez left the sequel months ago. Read More »

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Dantes Inferno

No, the director of the new Evil Dead film is not making a film based on Dante Alighieri’s classic poem. He might, however, helm a film based on a video game of the same name. Fede Alvarez, who wowed audiences earlier this year with his brutal new take on the classic Sam Raimi film, is in talks to helm Dante’s Inferno, based on the Electronic Arts game. The game borrows from Dante’s classic poem in that you actually play as a knight named after the poet who travels into the nine rings of Hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice. Jay Basu wrote the most recent draft of the script and Universal Pictures will distribute. Read More »

Fede Alvarez Evil Dead

Briefly: Fede Alvarez made waves with the short Panic Attack, and this year got more attention with his new version of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead. We know that Alvarez could well make another Evil Dead movie, but now he and writing partner Rodo Sayagues have set up a secret sci-fi project at Media rights Capital.

Alvarez is attached to direct the film called Machina. We don’t know much more than that at this point.

While promoting the Evil Dead blu-ray release Alvarez referred to the project a couple times in general terms, calling it a sci-fi action piece that he was eager to write and shoot. That said, back when Panic Attack was a big deal (circa 2009) Alvarez made a deal with Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to do a sci-fi film. That didn’t happen — obviously he did Evil Dead instead — and at the time there was a plan to have another screenwriter script the sci-fi picture based on Alvarez’s idea. Could this be based on the same idea he’s wanted to develop for several years?  [THR]

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Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will begin playing out in theaters next month, but meanwhile the studio is already getting their plans in place for Phase Three. Earlier this year, Kevin Feige confirmed that Doctor Strange would “definitely” be involved in the next stage of the Marvel franchise. No director or star has been announced just yet, but rumors about who might fill those roles are starting to spring up.

According to a new report, actor/writer Justin Theroux is being eyed for the Doctor Strange role, and may even be working on the script already. Meanwhile, Evil Dead remake helmer Fede Alvarez is said to have met with Marvel Studios to discuss the Doctor Strange directing gig. Alvarez himself denies it, but it’s not like we’ve never seen a filmmaker lie about this kind of thing before. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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