I should have skipped out of The Collection five, maybe ten minutes after it began. It took just that much time to realize that the movie really is only a basic exploration of a simple premise, and ultimately (for different reasons) not for me. The sequel to 2009′s The Collector is once again written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, with Dunstan directing. Crafty masked machinist killer the Collector returns to menace more innocents, this time losing hold of Arkin (Josh Stewart), one of his last victims, as he attacks a rave full of revelers and takes a new living prisoner, Elena.
Knowing based on the Collector’s previous patterns that Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) is likely alive, her father’s commando-like right-hand man recruits Arkin to pursue the killer along with a small team of mercs. This does not end well. Presumably, that’s a good thing, as there’s really no reason to watch The Collection other than to see the various ways that characters are dispatched. Read More »
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The so-called “torture porn” genre is mostly dead, but has given way to a sort of action-adventure horror that fuses elements of that particular vision of horror with other ideas. That seems to be the slot in which to place The Collection, which comes from Saw IV-VI writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. The latter also directs, and the film is his sequel to the 2009 effort The Collector.
The story kicks off with a girl (Emma Fitzpatrick) going to a secret party that turns into a murder spree for a killer known as The Collector. Her father hires a merc crew to retrieve her, and the film seems to go down the Aliens path, as the team recruits Arkin (Josh Stewart), the one guy who escaped the Collector’s lair to guide them in an effort to take him down.
A new trailer shows off some of the action and murderous ideas at play in the film; check it out below. Read More »
Writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have the unenviable task of adapting Sony’s hit video game, God of War, for the big screen. The series centers on a badass named Kratos, a former Spartan general who loses everything, becomes an immortal killer and vows revenge against the Gods. Think Gladiator meets Clash of the Titans with a mega 300 scope.
In fact, the existence of those films forced Melton and Dunstan to come at the story in a completely different way and, in a new interview, not only do they discuss how they’re approaching the film, they break down a few of the major beats in the script. Read their quotes and ideas after the jump. Read More »
Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have long since been the runaway success story of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s highly underrated HBO show Project Greenlight. The pair were on the third season and wrote Feast, which lead them to write Saw IV through VII, a couple other movies and most recently, a draft of Guillermo Del Toro’s epic Pacific Rim. That jump from horror to action has now helped them get a huge follow-up gig. They’ll be writing God of War, based on the popular Sony video game. David Self (Road to Perdition, The Wolfman) wrote the first draft and will executive produce for Universal. Read more below. Read More »
In the pantheon of Project Greenlight winners, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have more than distinguished themselves. After winning the third (and unfortunately final) season of the series for their script called Feast, the pair went on to write two sequels to that film, the last four Saw movies, the upcoming Piranha 3DD, and The Collector, which Dunstan also directed. They’re also doing re-writes on Guillermo Del Toro’s filming-any-day-now monster action film Pacific Rim and even wrote a supernatural crime novel called Black Light.
That last project will soon make the pair’s big screen resume as well. They’ve reportedly been tasked with turning the book into a screenplay. Read more about the book, and watch a trailer, the jump. Read More »
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Piranha 3D made a big enough splash at the box office to ensure the film will recoup the film’s estimated $24 million budget. The film ended it’s run with over $65 million worldwide, and will likely make a bunch more on DVD/Blu-ray/tv deals. After the opening weekend, Dimension Films issued a press release announcing that they are already developing a follow-up with with director Alexandre Aja and producer Mark Canton returning. Canton gave the following quote: “We are thrilled that audiences are not just loving PIRANHA 3D, but cheering for it. And it’s fantastic that so many critics are really getting the movie and recommending it. We can’t wait to get to work on the sequel.”
I assumed we wouldn’t see a sequel for a couple years, until they had a script in hand (at very least). Well it appears the Weinsteins are borrowing from the Saw release model and hope to have the sequel in theaters for Summer 2011. But the release model isn’t the only thing they are “stealing” from the Saw series…
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MGM isn’t down and out just yet, or at least that is how they would have you believe it. The studio has announced yet another project, a big screen adaptation of the 1960′s black and white sci-fi television series The Outer Limits. The anthology series, like the Twilight Zone, was known to have a plot twist at the end of most of the stories.
Variety estimates the deal to be in the mid-six figures — MGM has hired screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to pen the script. The screenwriting duo was discovered during Project Greenlight and penned all three of the Feast film, as well as Saw IV, V, VI and the upcoming Saw 3D).
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