It Chapter 2

Warner Bros. and New Line know they have a hit on their hands with It, Andy Muschietti‘s terrific adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel. Splitting the dense book into two films – one that follows “The Losers’ Club” protagonists as children, and one that catches up with them as adults nearly thirty years later – was a bold move that required a lot of confidence that the first movie would be good enough to justify the sequel. But now that we’re on the cusp of the first film’s release and that’s earned solid reviews, a sequel seems inevitable.

While It: Chapter 2 hasn’t officially been given the green light by the studio just yet, we’re confident it’s only a matter of time because they’ve already hired It co-writer Gary Dauberman to begin writing the sequel.
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Stephen King's It

At 1150 pages, Stephen King’s It is a daunting prospect for adaptation. That’s why the first attempt was a TV miniseries. For the feature film, It is split into at least two films, with the one opening this week focusing on “The Losers’ Club” as children in 1989. The bullied outcasts of Derry, Maine face Pennywise the clown (Bill Skarsgard) and other nightmares manifested by a horrific force the kids only refer to as “It.”

Screenwriter Gary Dauberman took on the adaptation, which King himself has approved. Dauberman had a hit this summer with Annabelle: Creation and wrote another entry in the ever-expanding The Conjuring universe, The Nun. But even with that much horror movie experience, adapting Stephen King’s massive novel was still a massive undertaking. We kicked off our interview by talking about how you even get started with an undertaking like that.

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The Conjuring 2 spinoff

Like its franchise-starting predecessor, The Conjuring 2 paved the way for a spinoff called The Nun. Now the new horror title has become a family affair with The Conjuring star Vera Farmiga’s sister, Taissa Farmiga of The Final Girls, signing on to star in the spinoff.

Below, learn more about The Conjuring 2 spin-off.

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Dr. Mirage TV series

Apparently, six shows based on comic books isn’t enough for The CW. The network already has SupergirlThe FlashLegends of TomorrowArrowiZombie, and the upcoming Riverdale. Now Dr. Mirage might join that lineup too, as The CW is now in the very early stages of working with Valiant Comics and DMG Entertainment on a series about the semi-retired paranormal investigator.

Below, learn more about the Dr. Mirage TV series.

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Following the viral hit of the short film Portal: No Escape, Universal Pictures and screenwriter-turned-producer Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast Five, 47 Ronin) quickly acquired Dan Trachtenberg‘s  time travel action heist film Crime of the Century. Trachtenberg has been actively developing the idea into a movie since the 2011 acquisition with screenwriter Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds), while trying to get a Y: The Last Man movie adaptation off the ground at New Line and finally getting a greenlight with the mysterious Bad Robot film Valencia.

Now it seems like the heat is back on at Universal to get Crime of the Century into production, and the studio has hired screenwriter Gary Dauberman, who recently wrote The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle for Warner Bros. Find out more about the project and the new Crime of the Century writer, after the jump.

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The Conjuring

Though she wasn’t the main focus of The Conjuring, Annabelle the doll was one of its most memorable visions. Her cracked gray face and clown-like smile look like the stuff nightmares are made of, even before it’s revealed that she’s possessed by demons hell-bent on destroying her roommates.

She was so effectively creepy, in fact, that now she’s getting her own movie. New Line is moving ahead with the Conjuring spinoff Annabelle, casting Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton in the leads. Shooting will get underway later this month. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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