stranger things anthology series

Originally, Stranger Things wasn’t always going to follow the kids from Hawkins, Indiana. Creators Matt and Ross Duffer initially envisioned a very different season two of the popular Netflix show. Inspired by Stephen King novels – shocking, right? – the two brothers first thought of Stranger Things as an anthology show.

Below, the two discuss why the Stranger Things anthology series didn’t happen.

Read More »

Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer

When the Stranger Things season 2 trailer debuted during San Diego Comic-Con, the energy in Hall H was through the roof. Not only does the return of the sci-fi horror show from the Duffer Brothers look incredible, but it was amplified to the max by the surprising use of Michael Jackson‘s iconic Halloween-themed hit “Thriller.”

Since Michael Jackson himself was always picky about letting his music be used commercially, his estate has also taken on a tough stance when it comes to licensing any of the King of Pop’s tracks for use in movies, TV shows, commercials, etc. In fact, they are so picky about how Michael Jackson’s music was used that the Stranger Things season 2 trailer was originally denied the rights to use the song, so much that there’s an alternate version of the trailer that doesn’t use the track. Read More »

Stranger Things season 2

Stranger Things season 2 has been called bigger, more ambitious, and scarier. There aren’t too many scares in season one, as I recall, but producer Shawn Levy says parts of the new season are going to make “the Demogorgon look quaint.” Matt and Ross Duffer‘s Netflix series also isn’t going to give into fan service, like bringing back a dead character because she’s beloved on the Internet.

Below, learn more about Stranger Things season two.

Read More »

Shawn Levy

Director Shawn Levy is once again making another film with Amblin Entertainment. The last time the filmmaker and Steven Spielberg‘s production company teamed up, they produced what’s easily Levy’s most entertaining film: Real Steel. Their next collaboration is an alien invasion called The Fall.

Below, learn more about the Shawn Levy Amblin project.

Read More »

Stranger Things season 2

In an age in which many of the plot beats of every geek-friendly property are known about months in advance, it’s something of a modern miracle that Stranger Things appeared seemingly out of nowhere last year and took the world by storm. But that anonymity vanished like Barb on a diving board when the show’s popularity exploded, and the second season has become one of the most anticipated television events of the year.

Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like the showrunners are scraping the bottom of the barrel for follow-up material. In a new interview, executive producer and director Shawn Levy reveals that series creators/showrunners the Duffer Brothers actually had too many ideas for a second season, and some of them are being saved for a potential season 3.
Read More »

uncharted

After years and years of stops and starts, the Uncharted movie finally took a big leap forward last month when Joe Carnahan announced he’d finished his screenplay. The question now, then, is exactly what he turned in. After all, fans have been waiting forever to see this beloved property hit the big screen. Will Carnahan do the source material justice, or will Uncharted just become the latest victim to the video game curse?

Only time will tell, but in the meantime, it’s at least nice to hear that Carnahan is saying all the right things. In an interview, he described his Uncharted script as an R-rated affair with “four of the biggest, f***in’ craziest action sequences” of his career. Go on…  Read More »

Stranger Things season two

Back in November filming began on Stranger Things season two. Plot details are mostly under wraps, but creators Matt and Ross Duffer, the cast, and executive producer Shawn Levy (Uncharted) have occasionally shared some information on what to expect. In a recent interview, Levy, who returned to direct two episodes, called next season “bigger and potentially darker in its stakes.”

Below, read what else Levy had to say about Stranger Things season two.

Read More »

‘Sesame Street’ Movie in the Works at Warner Bros.

sesame street movie

The way to Sesame Street will soon run through your local theater. Warner Bros. is moving ahead with a Sesame Street movie, setting Night at the Musuem: Secret of the Tomb scribes David Guion and Michael Handelman to write the script. Shawn Levy, whose recent producing credits include Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and Netflix’s Stranger Things, will produce.  Read More »

uncharted star

Uncharted fans have some ideas for who they’d like to see play the video game series’ beloved hero, Nathan Drake. A fan once even approached David O. Russell (Three Kings), a multiple Academy Award nominee, to tell him who he thought should play the explorer and treasure hunter. Some fans have more restraint than that, and Uncharted‘s new director, Shawn Levy, is aware of who those fans want to see as Nathan Drake — but that’s not going to influence his decision, as it shouldn’t.

Below, Levy discusses looking for his Uncharted star.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

real steel sequel

Real Steel isn’t Shawn Levy‘s most successful film at the box office, but it is easily the most enjoyable film he’s directed. Before the Steven Spielberg-produced movie even opened in theaters, Levy started talking about a sequel, which he, Hugh Jackman, and Evangeline Lilly were expected to return for. The father-son fighting robots story performed well overseas, but it wasn’t a big hit in the States. Five years since the movie hit theaters, Levy is still considering a sequel.

Below, Shawn Levy discusses the Real Steel sequel.

Read More »