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I’m always fascinated with the stories of movies that never were (like Darren Aronofsky’s vision of Batman). So much work in Hollywood never makes it to the big screen. From pitches to development, to years of scripts, casting, and even screen tests, films have a long road before cameras begin to roll. And we only occasionally see remnants of these unmade productions.

Most common are abandoned scripts which have leaked online over the years (like Frank Darabont‘s draft of Indiana Jones 4). Sometimes we get costume tests and concept art, like has happened with Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives. But other times we get a glimpse into the pitching process, be it a video like Kevin Tancharoen’s ‘The Hunger Games’ Pitch Trailer or concept art for an idea that never made it into development. And sometimes a filmmaker posts abandoned concept art and it sparks the fire and a movie is reborn (as is with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film).

Splice/Cube/Hannibal director Vincenzo Natali has been posting some of the early concept art and pitch work that was created for some of his unmade movies, including Neuromancer, Stephen King’s It, Swamp Thing and Predator. Take a look at the Vincenzo Natali Neuromancer It and Predator concept artwork after the jump.

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What’s the latest from the sets of Captain America: Civil War and X-Men Apocalypse? Which Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actor has been upgraded to series regular? Could Arrow be coming to the WWE? Want to read four pages of a Swamp Thing script? How do Captain America and the Hulk look fighting in a failed video game? Do we have two brand new infographics about the success and action in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Vincenzo Natali directing Splice

After many years in development, the Neuromancer movie has taken a big step forward by securing new funding. At the same time, though, it has lost director Vincenzo Natali, who’s been attached for the past five years. Get all the details on the Neuromancer Vincenzo Natali news after the jump.  Read More »

In the Tall Grass movie

We’re getting into a new age of Stephen King adaptations. The Stand and It are both being redone for the big screen, from directors Josh Boone and Cary Fukunaga — both very promising projects. And now Vincenzo Natali, who made films like Cube and Splice and is a director on Hannibal, is going to adapt In the Tall Grass, a “road movie” that turns into a nightmare, based on a story King co-authored with his son Joe Hill. Read More »

Hannibal season 3

Hannibal Season 3 begins on June 4, and now series creator Bryan Fuller is offering up some details on the new batch of episodes. First up, he has revealed a couple of the directors for this season. One is returning helmer Vincenzo Natali, who directs the first three episodes of Season 3. Another is Neil Marshall, known for his own efforts on Game of Thrones and features like The Descent. He tackled the show’s eighth episode, which has a title that fans of the book series and previous films should be very intrigued by. Read More »


We recently had on director Vincenzo Natali to discuss making Season 2, Episode 8 of Hannibal, “Su-Zukana.” That /Filmcast episode featured an incredibly graphic scene involving a horse, and I just had to ask Natali for details on how it was created. See a video essay of him describing the making of the episode after the jump.
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David and Devindra discuss the nature of fan fiction, try to figure out why the new Justice League movie feels like vaporware, and praise the gorgeous digital transfer of William Friedkin’s Sorcerer. Director Vincenzo Natali joins us to discuss making Season 2, episodes 8 and 10, of Hannibal.

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Dave and Devindra discuss some messed up Korean thrillers, praise the sci-fi trappings of Almost Human, debate how well Spike Lee treats his poster artists, and mourn the loss of Paul Walker. Writer/director Vincenzo Natali joins us. Be sure to check out Vincenzo’s latest work at The Darknet Files.

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Haunter is the new horror/thriller from Vincenzo Natali, who last gave us the crazy creature feature Splice. The film stars Abigail Breslin as a young woman trapped in her house, threatened by a murderous presence and plagued by visions of other victims that have fallen prey to the true owner of the home in which she’s bound.

Check out the first trailer below, which culminates with a nicely chilling appearance from Stephen McHattie as the man Breslin’s character has ample reason to fear. Read More »