Orion Pictures

In the Eighties and Nineties, the Orion Pictures logo was like an old friend. It was in front of some of your favorite movies and was kind of a stamp of approval that you were about to see something cool. Blockbusters like The Terminator, RoboCop and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure were Orion. Oscar-winners like The Silence of the Lambs, Amadeus, Platoon and Dances With Wolves were Orion. The list goes on and on.

Unfortunately, the company declared bankruptcy in 1991. It was then resurrected in 1996 and integrated into MGM, with the last Orion film being released in 1999. Since then, the logo hasn’t been on a film until this month. This month, the first new Orion Pictures movie in 15 years will be released. Read More »

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Town That Dreaded Sundown trailer

A masked man stalks a town with evil intent, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. The Town That Dreaded Sundown was originally an odd 1976 thriller based on a true story about a rash of killings that plagued Texarkana in the ’40s. The original inspired one of the looks for Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series, and stands as a unique thriller thanks to its odd blend of horror, comedy, and almost-verite style. Now Jason Blum and the revived Orion Pictures offer up their own film of the same name. So is this a remake, or a sequel? More the latter, it seems, based on this first look. Check out The Town That Dreaded Sundown trailer below.

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An especially heart-pounding edition of Remake Bits features updates on Evil Dead, Godzilla, Robocop, and more. After the jump:

  • Frank Darabont talks about the Godzilla reboot
  • Jason Blum is remaking The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  • Listen to ten minutes of the Evil Dead score
  • New pics show the Robocop prototype

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Where to start with the big remake news of the past twenty-four hours? How about with the version of Park Chan-wook’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance that Charlize Theron has been trying to make for so long that when it cropped up again today, many people thought it was new. The third film in Park’s “Vengeance Trilogy” features a woman released from prison after years-long confinement for a murder she didn’t commit. After her release, she sets in motion a complex revenge plan.

Back in ’08 Theron was linked to the remake as a producer, and it hasn’t gone anywhere since then. But now Annapurna Pictures (The Master, Lawless) is backing it, with William Monahan (The Departed, London Boulevard) scripting and Theron set to star. That’s a good collection of talent, and Monahan explained in a statement today, “this will be very American — and very unexpected.” There’s no director yet.

After the break, proto-slasher thriller The Town That Dreaded Sundown gets a remake. Read More »

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