James Cameron Likes Resident Evil

After decades of trying, Hollywood is still having a hard time producing good video game movies. Detective Pikachu is probably the best movie based on a video game, but beyond that, it’s pretty slim pickings out there. However, director James Cameron revealed that, during quarantine, he has taken solace in a surprising video game movie as one of his guilty pleasures: Resident Evil. The Avatar and Terminator filmmaker recently proclaimed his affinity for the video game adaptation from 2002, and we’re really not sure what to think. Read More »

monster hunter completed

It’s a rough time for big and small-screen adaptations of video game characters. Specifically, video characters who are being adapted to film and TV by Constantin Film. The Resident Evil production company has offered updates on its current projects: ScreenGems’ Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich, and the Netflix Resident Evil series which was meant to start production in June.

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black and blue review

For many actors, an Oscar nomination is a crowning achievement that can lead to newfound opportunities or added prestige to their name. But for Naomie Harris — and in an unfortunate pattern, many Oscar nominees and winners of color — that Oscar nomination has amounted to zilch. Since earning a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her raging turn in Moonlight, the British actress has been relegated to supporting roles in blockbusters that have ranged from deranged to disastrous.

But it looked like her fortunes might change with Black and Blue, Harris’ first long-deserved lead role in a feature film since her Oscar nomination. In the action thriller directed by Deon Taylor, Harris stars as a rookie cop in New Orleans who ends up witnessing violent evidence of police corruption. But what could be a monumental turn for Harris in a painfully topical film ends up being a B-movie thriller that cops out on any potent sociopolitical messaging in favor of hamfisted platitudes.

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Easy A spin-off

Emma Stone became a star after her breakout appearance in Superbad back in 2007, but her first major solo lead performance was in the 2010 comedy Easy A, a then-modern riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s literary classic The Scarlet Letter. Now, nearly a decade later, an Easy A spin-off film is officially in the works at Screen Gems.
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Brightburn Easter Eggs

This weekend sees the release of Brightburn (and it’s pretty good!), the story of a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) who raises a baby boy after he mysteriously crash lands from the sky in their backyard. As the child grows up, he starts exhibiting incredible strength and other unbelievable abilities. However, this isn’t a Superman origin story that creates a hero to save the world. This is a twisted take on the superhero mythos where the kid heads down a dark path and chooses to use his powers for evil.

Brightburn is directed by David Yarovesky, but it’s produced by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn, and written by his brother and cousin Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there are a couple of Easter eggs that seem to connect the movie to one of James Gunn’s other superhero movies.

But in order to discuss it, we have to dive into some spoilers for the movie, so you’ve been warned. Read More »

horror lab

Even though some producers seem terrified to throw the term “horror movie” around, horror sells. Audiences love to be scared, and time and time again, scary movies break the bank at the box office. Sony’s Screen Gems realizes this, so they’re partnering with production company Ground Control to launch Horror Lab. Horror Lab will produce and develop “horror genre proof-of-concepts” – short horror movies that can then be turned into feature films. That all sounds well and good, but I have one question: why call it Horror Lab, and not Scream Gems?

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Monster Hunter movie

We haven’t seen a Paul W.S. Anderson movie since he wrapped up his long-running Resident Evil franchise back in 2016, but the director’s next film will hit theaters next year.

Sony Pictures has unveiled the specific release date for Anderson’s Monster Hunter, a fantasy action film based on the popular Capcom video game series. The film will feature the first pairing of action stars Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa on screen together. Add the date to your calendar and learn more about the Monster Hunter movie below. Read More »

true haunting

Before The Exorcist scared audiences and broke box office records, a real-life exorcism was aired on TV. In 1971, reporter Carole Simpson interviewed the Becker family about their supposedly haunted house, and filmed an exorcism of the house carried out by a priest. Now the true story is getting the big screen treatment with True Haunting, based on the book of the same name from Becker family member Edwin F. Becker.

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‘The Grudge’ Reboot Will Haunt a New Release Date

The Grudge Release Date

If you were looking forward to getting the crap scared out of you by a ghostly woman with hair in her face and her cat-voiced ghost son this summer…well, you’re in for a longer wait. Screen Gems has moved its reboot of The Grudge from this summer to early 2020, a move that could mean behind-the-issues. Or it could mean the studio seeing a box office opportunity and seizing it.

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just dance movie

Just Dance is becoming a movie. You heard that right: the Ubisoft dancing game first released in 2009 will be getting a movie adaptation from Screen Gems. Maybe this will be the one to break the video game adaptation curse.

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