It’s a truism that good video game adaptations are hard to come by, but as long as studios smell franchise potential they’ll keep trying. That’s turning out to be good news for fans, as “trying” in this case means hiring interesting talents to tackle favorite titles. One of the particularly intriguing ones coming up is the Deus Ex movie, which reunites Sinister director Scott Derrickson with writer C. Robert Cargill (a.k.a. AICN’s Massawyrm).

The duo signed on back in November, and while there’s no release date just yet the pair say the project is “moving like a rocket.” In a new interview, Derrickson and Cargill discuss their approach, namechecking District 9, Looper, and Inception as inspirations. Hit the jump to get their updates.

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Watching Sinister, I never would have guessed that the creators — director Scott Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill (aka Massawyrm at AICN) – would move on to tackle one of the most popular video game hits of the past twenty years.

The game series in question is Deus Ex, a set of first-person shooters that factors in many stealth and role-playing character elements as it drops players into a world characterized by giant corporations and extensive cybernetic body modification. The specific game in question is the latest release, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which acts as a prequel to the 2000 original and features the early days of human modification and the social, political, and economic changes that the technology threatens to push forward. Read More »

Stephen King‘s collection of novellas, Different Seasons, has been a fertile birthing place for films. Two of the four stories in the collection, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, and The Body, became two of the best King film adaptations, and also among the most beloved films of their respective decades: Stand by Me in the ’80s and The Shawshank Redemption in the ’90s. A third story, Apt Pupil, became a film of the same name by Bryan Singer.

There’s a reason that the book’s fourth novella hasn’t made the jump to film, however. It’s fairly odd, even by King standards: a sort of love story about a doctor who softly falls for a pregnant patient as he teaches her a method to get through childbirth, but with a resolution that is both gruesome and bizarrely romantic. But Sinister director Scott Derrickson is going to try to make the material work as a film.  Read More »

When you realize so little new blood gets into a genre that’s based on blood, it’s actually kind of sad. Almost every horror movie released on a massive scale is a sequel, remake or PG-13 money grab. Original ideas are hard to come by, but one that’s coming soon is Sinister. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Ethan Hawke as “a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.”

Sinister has some great buzz growing from the festival circuit and opens October 5. However the gang at Tugg.com is hosting a bevy of early, free screenings in cities across the country. After the jump, check out the new poster for the film and find out how you can see Sinister first. Read More »

On the surface level, Sinister doesn’t sound so different from a million other haunted house films. Ethan Hawke stars as a writer who moves his family into a new home, in which the previous occupants were brutally murdered. When he stumbles upon a box of home movies in the attic, he begins to make some even more horrifying connections.

But when it comes to movies like these, it’s the execution that really counts, and based on the reviews we’ve read out of SXSW it sounds like Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and first-time screenwriter C. Robert Cargill (a.k.a. AICN’s Massawyrm) know exactly what they’re doing. A new trailer has just hit the web, and it looks pretty damn spooky. Watch it after the jump.

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The star power that came out in defense of the West Memphis Three was remarkable and now there’s added juice behind an eventual dramatic film version. Oscar-winner Colin Firth has just joined previously cast Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon in Devil’s Knot, the first narrative feature (after several documentaries) concerning the complicated yet fascinating subject of the West Memphis Three. It’ll be directed by Atom Egoyan and is based on the non-fiction book by Mara Leveritt.

Firth will play Ron Lax, a private investigator who was instrumental in finding key evidence that raised considerable doubt as to the guilt of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of victim Steven Branch and the wife of the man believed to have committed the crimes. There’s more after the jump. Read More »

Months after we first heard of Atom Egoyan‘s planned feature about the West Memphis Three, the project has found its first star. Reese Witherspoon has boarded The Devil’s Knot, based on reporter Mara Leveritt‘s 2003 nonfiction book which chronicled the 1994 trials that put two teenagers in prison for life and another on death row for the murder of three eight-year-old boys, despite a lack of physical evidence. After years of appeals, the three men were finally freed this summer. More details after the jump.

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One of the films to play Fantastic Fest in Austin last month was the Dutch ghost story thriller Zwart Water, aka Two Eyes Staring. Germain wasn’t thrilled with the film, calling it a good story that wasn’t handled well. It’s one that sounds like prime material for a remake, and indeed that is something that is already in motion.

Even as the film played Fantastic Fest, the remake rights were in the hands of Charlize Theron‘s production company. Now The Exorcism of Emily Rose writer/director Scott Derrickson has been hired to co-write and direct the remake, which will star Theron. Read More »

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