In retrospect, in was inevitable. Someone, someday, was going to reboot the Puppet Master series. All long-running horror movie franchises follow the same pattern: unlikely early success leads to annualized sequels, annualized sequels lead to diminishing returns, diminishing returns lead to nostalgia-soaked sequels a decade or more after the series seeming died. And then: the Hollywood reboot. In this case, the new Puppet Master movie will be produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures, who are best known these days for the Transformers and G.I. Joe movies, and written by S. Craig Zahler, the legit madman who wrote and directed last year’s Bone Tomahawk.
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Author, musician, and filmmaker S. Craig Zahler impressed most critics with his directorial debut, Bone Tomahawk. Zahler’s cannibal Western, which stars Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins, may not have done stellar business at the box-office, but the movie has its fans, and perhaps Vince Vaughn is one of them. The actor has just signed up to star in the Bone Tomahawk director’s new movie, Brawl in Cell 99, which Zahler also wrote.
Learn more about the Vince Vaughn Brawl in Cell 99 movie below.
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No surprise: Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio will continue to do business together, and now DiCaprio is getting back together with his Django Unchained nemesis Jamie Foxx for a new film at the studio. Mean Business On North Ganson Street, an as-yet unpublished crime novel from S. Craig Zahler, will form the basis for a new feature that Zahler will script. Because the novel doesn’t even have a publisher at this point details are thin, but after the break we’ll pass along what we’ve got. Read More »
Briefly: South Korean director Park Chan-wook, perhaps most famous for his ‘revenge’ trilogy of films, the centerpiece of which was Oldboy, has completed his English-language debut and is lining up his next film. The film he just finished is Stoker, starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, and Matthew Goode, and which sounds like a riff on Shadow of a Doubt, as Wasikowska’s character, reeling from the death of her father, meets “her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, and comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.”
The new film is a western called The Brigands of Rattleborge, scripted by S. Craig Zahler, and which hit the 2006 Black List of popular un-produced screenplays. Variety calls the project “ultra-violent” and notes that it centers on “a group of bandits who use the cover of a torrential thunderstorm to rob the occupants of a small town.” That violence is part of the reason that it hasn’t been made yet, but with Park Chan-wook on board there is a good chance that the violence will be handled well, and that he’ll be able to pull in a top-notch cast to get audiences interested in it.
Add one more project to Michael Mann‘s bit stack of potential movies that could act as follow-up to Public Enemies. The director’s new HBO show Luck is on the air now (and seemingly struggling a bit to solidify a core audience) but Mann has been attached to a few different projects in the past year.
This new one is a Sony development called The Big Stone Grid, based on a spec script the studio bought last year from S. Craig Zahler. The story is a “hard-edged thriller” about a New York City extortion ring.
Update: Only a few hours after the announcement of The Big Stone Grid, we’ve got word on another possible Mann film, as well as an update on an older development project. Both are below.
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