Some purist genre fans might be starting to feel like they’re in a Scream-like movie where the terror of the plot is that all the movies they like are being given hybrid sequel/remakes. Recently the horror classics have been on the block, with all sorts of news about an Evil Dead remake, and now some new casting info on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. Takers director John Luessenhop will be behind the camera this time, for a story that is meant as a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper‘s original film, though it takes place in the present day. Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hall Pass) was cast in the lead late last week, and now Tania Raymonde (Lost) has been added, too. Read More »

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David Ayers wrote and will direct End of Watch, which already has Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena cast as two LAPD officers who “confront marriage, love, fatherhood and the harsh realities of the Los Angeles streets.” Now Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez (Detroit 1-8-7) are in talks to play the respective love interests in the movie. We don’t have too many more details on End of Watch, but the film shoots later this summer. [Variety]

After the break, a total change of pace into horror as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 co-star Bill Mosely gets a role in Leatherface 3D, but not the same role he played in Chainsaw 2. And Adam Scott books two new comedy roles. Read More »

Marcus Nispel to Direct ‘Backmask’

Is the director of Friday the 13th and Conan the Barbarian making a movie about kids who unleash Satan through a metal record? It sounds that way. Marcus Nispel is set to direct a movie called Backmask that “involves paranoia, possession and the paranormal.” Read More »

F. Gary Gray to Direct ‘Hair of the Dog’

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F. Gary Gray last directed Law Abiding Citizen, a film that ambitiously tried to push how far an audience could get behind a violent, justifiably angry anti-hero. As with several of Gray’s films, the idea was better than the execution, which ended up being silly more often than it was satisfying.

Gray has also been part of the revolving door directorial staff of the Bruce Willis/Jamie Foxx videogame adaptation Kane & Lynch, but there are reports that he has left that project. (Leaving Patrick Alessandrin to direct, though Gray’s name remains on IMDB.)

Now Gray has a new project lined up: the mystery thriller Hair of the Dog. Read More »

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