Two of the major studios set up brand new sci-fi projects on Wednesday. First up, Paramount bought the rights to Clark Baker‘s short film Vessel with the aim to turn it into a feature. We covered it in June and it’s about a flight that goes frighteningly wrong. Stephen Susco (The Grudge, Red, Texas Chainsaw 3D) has been tapped to write the adaptation with Baker directing.

Then, over at Universal, they’ve just bought a still-untitled pitch from Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men The Last Stand) and Chris Morgan (Fast Five, Wanted) which is reportedly in the vein of Chronicle. Read more about both projects below.

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Some purist genre fans might be starting to feel like they’re in a Scream-like movie where the terror of the plot is that all the movies they like are being given hybrid sequel/remakes. Recently the horror classics have been on the block, with all sorts of news about an Evil Dead remake, and now some new casting info on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. Takers director John Luessenhop will be behind the camera this time, for a story that is meant as a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper‘s original film, though it takes place in the present day. Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hall Pass) was cast in the lead late last week, and now Tania Raymonde (Lost) has been added, too. Read More »

David Ayers wrote and will direct End of Watch, which already has Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena cast as two LAPD officers who “confront marriage, love, fatherhood and the harsh realities of the Los Angeles streets.” Now Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez (Detroit 1-8-7) are in talks to play the respective love interests in the movie. We don’t have too many more details on End of Watch, but the film shoots later this summer. [Variety]

After the break, a total change of pace into horror as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 co-star Bill Mosely gets a role in Leatherface 3D, but not the same role he played in Chainsaw 2. And Adam Scott books two new comedy roles. Read More »

Here’s a not-so tasty little tidbit that I’ll drop on your desk before scurrying off for the beginning of the Halloween weekend. Twisted Pictures, aka the folks behind Saw, haven’t forgotten that they were trying to make a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre film. I’d hoped they might forget but alas, someone wrote it on a post-it at the office. Now that the seventh and (probably not) final Saw film is out, it’s time to recall the story that really preached that “the saw is family.”

Two new writers have been brought on board: Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan. The former directed Jason Goes to Hell for New Line almost twenty years ago, and the pair worked together on the Val Kilmer movie Conspiracy. What will they do to Leatherface? Read More »

Stephen Susco to Write Hack/Slash

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The potential film version of the comic book Hack/Slash has been making news for over a year now. Two reasons. One, it’s classic fanbait: hot girl plus skimpy clothes plus violence. And two, it was originally handed to screenwriter Justin Marks, the guy who became blog fodder for having a bunch of high-profile writing gigs with no produced credits. Then the Marks-penned Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li came out, and suddenly we weren’t writing about Marks nearly as often. As is so often the case, the lousiness of Street Fighter may or may not actually have anything to do with the Marks script, but with nothing else bearing his name it’s harder to give him the benefit of the doubt.

After being announced, Hack/Slash was passed from director Todd Lincoln to Fredrik Bond. Now there’s a report that a new screenwriter is on board, as well. In retrospect, when you think like a production company, hiring the same guy that is writing the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre for Twisted Pictures probably seems like a slam dunk. Read More »

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As it stands, this is a rumor at best and, more accurately, an informed online endorsement that could easily pick up steam amongst horror fans and online. Either way, it’s the weekend and the thought of Tobe Hooper, creator of Leatherface and director of 1974′s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its huggable ’86 sequel, once again revving up the genre’s best ‘saw hadn’t crossed my mind. It should have. According to Shock’s Ryan Rotten, while attending a party for Saw IV, he saw Hooper hanging with TCM2‘s Bill Moseley and, more importantly, the team at Twisted Pictures. Dots connected, and Rotten has fully thrown his support behind Hooper’s possible involvement.

I know, oohlala. But as we reported (and as Russ understandably bemoaned), Twisted Pictures purchased the franchise’s rights from the metallic douches at Platinum Dunes. Twisted’s first installment, vaguely said to be a contemporary take and possibly a true third sequel ignoring Dunesentriesis already in development, with a screenplay by Stephen Susco (The Grudge). Moreover, it seems that Hooper’s new management, Evolution, shares L.A. offices with Twisted, and also reps Susco. So, why would Hooper directing be a good idea for the franchise, and business-wise, is it a smart one, since Hooper hasn’t directed a hit flick in a long time? We chime in after the jump. Let us know what you think…
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You want the rights to some of the classic horror franchises to escape the clutches of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes? Be careful what you wish for.

A lot of people really don’t like the Platinum Dunes horror remakes. Easy enough to understand; hell, as far as I’m concerned there are only two real Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, and they both have Tobe Hooper‘s name on the director’s card. But people who will see and complain about the Dunes films won’t even touch the Saw franchise. (Which leads me to wonder just who is seeing the Saw movies to make them successful. Damn kids!) Where does that leave fans of a series like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is now passing from Platinum Dunes into the hands of Saw‘s Twisted Pictures? More to the point, will we ever have to suffer through the marketing for a Texas ChainSAW Massacre? Read More »

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