Director Unearthed for ‘Day of the Dead’ Remake

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Briefly: George Romero’s Day of the Dead, the third of his original loose trilogy of zombie films and in some ways the strangest, hasn’t been left in a grave to journey quietly into movie eternity. It has been ravaged by a sorta-sequel and a sorta-remake (from 2005 and 2008, respectively) and now will be exhumed once more for another remake.

Millennium Films, which has some hand in the first remake, now has Mark Tonderai (House At The End Of The Street) to do a modern version. He scripted with Lars Jacobson. Deadline reports that the new film takes place some time after a viral outbreak has destroyed most of humanity, “a group of scientists and survivors attempt to find a cure, and instead open Pandora’s box.”

Producer Christa Campbell (Texas Chainsaw 3D) said earlier this year “These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in World War Z.” But then World War Z went on to make hundreds of millions of dollars, and that has a way of changing minds. So who knows what we’ll see here. No cast has been announced.

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The Hunger Games launched Jennifer Lawrence into a whole new level career-wise, and she’s got no shortage of promising new projects due out over the next couple of years. She’s already finished shooting David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook and is currently tied up with Susanne Bier’s Serena, and beyond that she’s got sequels lined up for both The Hunger Games and X-Men: First Class. But her next big-screen appearance will actually be for a film she shot before she ever picked up Katniss’ bow and arrow.

Back in 2010, Lawrence shot a horror thriller called House at the End of the Street. Though it’s not a direct remake of anything, as far as I’m aware, it’s apparently influenced by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho — according to a description that was floating around a couple of years ago, House at the End of the Street was intended to be for that film what Disturbia was for Rear Window. The Mark Tonderai-directed film also stars Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Jennifer Lawrence is really covering all the bases. She’s got a resume with acclaimed indies (Winter’s Bone, Like Crazy), the reboot (X-Men: First Class) and the giant blockbuster hit (The Hunger Games). But she has also shot a role in a somewhat old-fashioned looking horror thriller called House at the End of the Street.

Lawrence plays the daughter of Elisabeth Shue, and the two women move into a new home right near a place where a murder once took place. (The house of horrors helps keep rent down in the neighborhood.) The action looks like what someone influenced by Wes Craven’s early efforts might have cooked up. Think of Last House on the Left, perhaps without all the rape — this is a PG-13 thriller. The trailer isn’t quite as old-fashioned, however, as it summarizes the action of the film in reverse order, so we see Lawrence in scream queen mode right off the bat.

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There’s plenty to look forward to in spring 2012, but as we head slowly (oh, ever so slowly) toward the warmer months, two films have been pushed back to other seasons while one has landed on a different spring date. After the jump, get updates on new release dates for Relativity’s The Raven and House at the End of the Street, as well as Focus Features’ Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

[Update: Hit the jump for a just-released poster for The Raven]

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Must be great to be a new feature director and end up with a cast like this: first-timer Aaron Harvey is directing Catch .44, and he’s got Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker and Malin Akerman on board to star.

The film is about three women, led by Akerman, who get tied into a weird scenario involving “a psychopathic hitman, played by Whitaker, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook. Willis will play the head crime boss, the mastermind behind everything that happens.” The name is a little cutesy, and the plot sounds like it could go either way…but Willis and Whitaker? Yeah, that’s good enough to start with. [Variety]

After the break, Jeff Fahey gets a new role, and a horror thriller with delusions of Hitchcock casts up. Read More »

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Old masters never die; they’re just endlessly recycled. There haven’t been many notable script sales yet this year, but two that went down recently are both being positioned as reflective of the Master of Suspense. Since it’s highly unlikely that a film coming out of any Hollywood studio at this point would have the pace and patience of a film by Alfred Hitchcock, what can we expect from a couple of new thrillers that seek to trade on his influence? Read More »

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