Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
You may love a lot of movies and books and games, but you probably only need one hand to count the pieces of art and culture that slammed into your brain with the force of a rogue asteroid and forever shaped your tastes. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and its sequels, written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, are a key component in my personal make-up. These collections of creepy folklore, urban legends, and unsettling horror tales remain untouchable today – rarely has “kid-friendly” horror literature refused to pull its punches to this extent. These stories still bounce around inside my head every day, their macabre illustrations permanently branded upon my brain.
So yeah, I’m pretty excited about a twisted genius like director Guillermo del Toro taking this series to the big screen, and the fact that two new writers have been hired to work on the screenplay suggests that this project may actually come to fruition.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
The past couple of years have been a real roller coaster ride for Pacific Rim fans. The film’s limp U.S. box office dimmed hopes of a sequel, before a strong overseas performance got Universal interested again. A release date was set and everything seemed on track for more jaeger vs. kaiju fights… and then Universal got cold feet and put the whole thing on hold. Through it all, Guillermo del Toro insisted Pacific Rim 2 was not dead, and now it looks like his optimism is finally panning out.
Legendary Pictures has hired Spartacus creator and Daredevil season 1 Steven S. DeKnight to helm the sci-fi action sequel, while del Toro will remain on board as a producer. Universal Pictures is still set to distribute.
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Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
Pacific Rim 2 may be off the table, or it may just be waiting for China to make it happen, but either way Guillermo del Toro will have plenty to keep him busy in the near future. He’s just signed on to develop and possibly direct Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the classic children’s books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated very, very creepily by Stephen Gammell. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Buried within last week’s news about Guillermo del Toro taking over James Cameron’s Fantastic Voyage remake was a minor update on the long-suffering Pacific Rim 2. The prognosis didn’t look good — the only reason del Toro even had room in his schedule for Fantastic Voyage was because Pacific Rim 2 was “off the table indefinitely.”
But there’s no need to abandon all hope just yet. Del Toro insists Pacific Rim 2 could still happen. And while you may assume that’s just his stubborn optimism talking, there’s an actual, concrete reason to believe he may be right. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been a couple of years since we last heard about Fantastic Voyage, which means we’re due for another update on the long-gestating James Cameron project. And this one is definitely worth the wait.
Guillermo del Toro is looking to direct the remake of the 1966 sci-fi adventure, which is set up at 20th Century Fox with Cameron producing through Lightstorm Entertainment. Del Toro, you’ll recall, has a wide-open schedule now that Pacific Rim 2 has been halted indefinitely. But don’t worry, there’s a small, potentially positive update about Pacific Rim 2 here, too. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you’re a parent with a Netflix subscription, chances are strong that you’re already intimately familiar with DreamWorks Animation‘s contributions to the streaming giant. If you have no spawn of your own, track down and ask the youngest person in your life capable of enjoying animated entertainment and receive an earful. While you were binge-watching Making a Murderer and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, these kids were taking in hours of The Adventures of Puss in Boots, All Hail King Julien, and other shows based on the studio’s lucrative film properties.
Speaking of lucrative, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have decided to continue putting money in each other’s pockets. The two companies have extended their distribution deal, giving Netflix global (excluding China) rights to several upcoming new shows. The original 2013 deal was the biggest in Netflix’s history, so obviously things went exactly as planned.
So what’s next for DreamWorks’ continuing streaming venture? How about a new Voltron series and a new show created by Guillermo del Toro?
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Right now Marvel Studios is in production on an adaptation of their mystical comic book character Doctor Strange with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) behind the camera. But years ago, they could have brought the character to the big screen with Neil Gaiman writing and Guillermo del Toro directing. However, they ended up passing on their vision for the character. Find out more below! Read More »
Fans of Pacific Rim are currently waiting patiently to hear what will happen with the development of Pacific Rim 2 and Universal Pictures. The film was removed from the studio’s 2017 release schedule, but they have said the project has not been abandoned. Director Guillermo del Toro has turned in the script and budget, and all he can do is wait.
And while you’re waiting to see more kaiju and jaeger action on the big screen, you can check out a revealing featurette that shows how the Pacific Rim visual effects were put together, and just how closely del Toro was involved with their creation in the film. Read More »
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Halloween may be over, but there’s still plenty of horror for you to check out in theaters. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is now in theaters, and you should probably see The Final Girls on VOD as well. And for those who don’t mind more Gothic romance than true scares, Crimson Peak is a visual feast from director Guillermo del Toro with some spirits that really stand out.
The reason the Crimson Peak ghosts are so unnerving is the combination of visual effects and practical make-up effects that were used to create them. If you want to see how these ghosts looked on set, check out some new photos that del Toro recently revealed online. Be warned that they are somewhat NSFW because a couple of them show old, wrinkly, decaying, prosthetic breasts. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Universal pushed Pacific Rim 2 off its calendar completely last month, but Guillermo del Toro has insisted he’s still working on it. And he wasn’t lying. According to his latest update, Pacific Rim 2 has now submitted a new draft of the script and a budget. Now all it needs is a green light from the studio. Read del Toro’s Pacific Rim 2 update after the jump. Read More »