Nightcrawler Halloween

When one film moves around on the calendar, others often follow suit. Recently David Ayer’s Fury was pulled up from a November 2014 opening to a mid-October date, the better to (hopefully) enjoy a long awards season runup. That put it directly in competition with Nightcrawler, the indie thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Now Nightcrawler has backed off a couple weeks to put room between the two releases. In addition to the Nightcrawler Halloween date, there’s news about Universal and Legendary dating a pair of genre films for 2015 and 2016. Read More »

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Michael Dougherty Krampus

Legendary is getting into the holiday horror game, and Kevin Smith might be pissed. Recall, if you will, Smith’s recent discussion of his holiday horror Anti-Klaus, originally called Comes the Krampus. He explained, “the Krampus carries an empty bag for taking away the bad kids. I wanna see THAT Christmas movie. So rather than wait for it, we’ll make it instead.”

But now Legendary is also making that movie, and the company has tapped Trick ‘R Treat director Michael Dougherty to take the reins. Read More »

X-Men Days of Future Past Quicksilver

X-Men Apocalypse is more than just that other 2016 Marvel superhero movie. The Fox sequel to X-Men: First Class and this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past has been quietly building momentum while DC and Marvel prepare for battle with their big films Batman vs. Superman and Captain America 3. X-Men: Apocalypse comes out a few weeks after those two, on May 27, 2016. Bryan Singer, Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty and Simon Kinberg are all currently working on breaking down the story, which will probably deal with the super-evil mutant of the title.

In a new interview, Singer revealed a few more details on the film, including the fact it’ll be an Eighties period piece, and the logical continuation of the Seventies look of Days of Future Past, and that it will have “will more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon.” Read the quotes below. Read More »

Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit header

This extra-cuddly edition of Sequel Bits has Keira Knightley cozying up to Chris Pine and Kenneth BranaghJennifer Lawrence getting romantic with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, and the Anchorman 2 team showing their love for New York City. After the jump:

  • Michael Bay drops some details about a major Transformers 4 scene
  • Watch video footage of Michael Doughterty announcing Trick ‘r Treat 2
  • Paramount announces an Anchorman 2 “superticket,” see new character posters
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit reveals a new poster and lots of new stills
  • Everyone gets weepy in this TV spot for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Trick r treat

Briefly: Fresh off the news of an imminent sequel, FearNet is hosting a 24 hour marathon of Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat. The cult horror film will be screening from 6 a.m. EST on Halloween until the following morning, with all kinds of special events in between. They’ll screen the short that inspired the film, some new content filmed for the channel and the 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. screenings will have pop-up trivia. If you haven’t seen this growing Halloween classic, now is the time. [Collider]

‘Trick ‘r Treat 2′ Announced

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Trick ‘r Treat was destined to become a cult classic. Screenwriter Michael Dougherty‘s feature directorial debut Trick R Treat sat on the shelf for over two years, before being dumped on DVD/Blu-ray by Warner Bros — despite earning great reviews and buzz from a handful of screenings. The horror anthology has become a staple of the halloween watching line-up of so many of my friends, but I don’t think anyone ever expected a sequel…

Announced at Monday night’s fan screening in Hollywood, Dougherty surprised the crowd by announcing a sequel during the Q&A session. No more details were announced. Header photo thanks to uhnet. After the jump you can see a better resolution look at the logo and read some quotes.

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Talk about a geek dream team: Iron Man director Jon Favreau, Star Trek co-writer Roberto Orci, Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green, and Superman Returns co-writer Michael Dougherty are teaming up to write Ex-Comm, described as a “present-day presidential procedural” that’s “a cross between the paranormal suspense of The X-Files and the political intrigue of The West Wing,” for ABC. Meanwhile, Favreau is also gearing up to work on a very different type of series for CBS, about singles mingling in sunny Southern California. More details on both projects after the jump.

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Now that the story of Snow White has been picked clean by three different movie projects, Hollywood’s got its sights on another fairy tale: Cinderella. Last year, Disney bought a pitch for a live-action retelling, to be directed by Mark Romanek from a script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).

Now we’re getting news about a competing project from Universal, one of the players in the great Snow White movie race of 2011. Ann Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) has been tapped to write a screenplay based on the classic story, with Bruno Aveillan set to helm. Read more after the jump.

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