platinum dunes horror remakes

Horror reboots were prevalent for a while, particularly from production company Platinum Dunes. Now, however, more and more producers are catching on to the fact that original horror can bring in a crowd. As a result, Platinum Dunes has vowed to ditch remakes and reboots entirely and focus on original horror and genre films. So say goodbye to Platinum Dunes horror remakes.

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A Quiet Place Producers Interview

John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place had its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival on March 9th (read my review here), during which a theater filled with rowdy film fans sat in riveted silence, absorbing this terrifying, largely dialogue-free horror film that is unlike any other.

A Quiet Place producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, Ouija, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jack Ryan) spoke with me about that memorable screening, what it was like working with real-life married couple Krasinski and Emily Blunt, and the twisty road to delivering those sound-hunting beasties.

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If you grew up playing computer games in the 1990s, Duke Nukem was practically inescapable. The character (named after a Captain Planet villain) was the protagonist of multiple side-scrolling and first-person shooter games, and though he appears briefly in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, he’s yet to receive his own official Duke Nukem movie.

Hollywood producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are working to change that, and in a new interview, Form explains how they’re taking their cues from 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool and the struggle of adapting such a crass character for the big screen.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3

Even though the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2014 was a success at the box office with over $493 million worldwide, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows did not perform nearly as well, making less than half that with only $245 million worldwide. Producer Andrew Form recently sat down for a chat to talk about the disappointing box office reception and what might have went wrong, not to mention predicting that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 probably isn’t in the cards. Read More »

TMNT sequel characters

The big-screen revival of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has done well enough to warrant a sequel. And so TMNT 2 (or whatever the title will be) is already greenlit for a 2016 release. The first film didn’t feature many fan-favorite elements from various previous Turtle incarnations, and it changed some of the stuff that was included. So what can we expect in the sequel? Director Jonathan Liebesman and producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have been talking, and they suggest there’s a chance that the TMNT sequel characters could include some or all of the following: Krang, Casey Jones, and Bebop and Rocksteady.

Read quotes on all that below, and see some concept art for Turtle designs that didn’t make the cut for this first film. Read More »

Michael Bay

Briefly: We don’t currently know much about the Confidential Alien Project (that’s a placeholder title) outside of the fact that it will be a Paramount film and that new writer Bobby Glickert has sold an alien-themed pitch to Platinum Dunes producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. THR says the plot involves ‘alien abductions,’ and that, despite writing the treatment and assembling a two minute trailer that helped sell the pitch, Glickert won’t write. Another screenwriter will be hired instead. Glickert will direct.

In theory, I love this idea, because Paramount has the film set up as a low-budget affair. Deadline says the budget is planned for about $12m. The studio has done well with low-budget stuff already (Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity) and has the J.J. Abrams film Super 8 coming up. But two of the three projects I just mentioned have J.J. Abrams as a factor, and Platinum Dunes is no Abrams. I would like to know more about Bobby Glickert, however, as he’s gone from PAing on Transformers and helming some shorts to this deal. That’s a heck of a rise, so maybe there’s something special there.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Do you like your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ultra-gritty, ‘realistic’ and with a lot of violence, but without a lot of particularly interesting violence? Then you’re in luck! Paramount became the new home for TMNT last year when Nickelodeon paid $60m for global rights to the characters, and the studio has now handed the development of a new feature film over to Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes. Read More »

Is The Friday the 13th Sequel Dead?

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When I was on the set of Samuel Bayer’s remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller were so very sure that a sequel to Friday the 13th would be their next project. That no longer seems to be the case.

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Brad Fuller and Andrew Form

Back in June, I has a chance to visit the set of Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street with a group of online journalists. This week we will be publishing the interviews we conducted on the set of the movie. After the jump you can read our extensive interview with Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

As the head executives of Michael Bay’s genre production company, Fuller and Form have produced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 remake, and 2006 prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, as well as The Amityville Horror 2005 remake, The Hitcher, Horsemen, The Unborn, and the Friday the 13th 2009 remake.

We caught up with Brad and “Drew” in a little roundtable interview area off to the side of the set. Read the full interview after the jump.

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The notion of remaking Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds was absurd from day one, and now the Platinum Dunes guys are suggesting they’ve started to see the light. “We lay ourselves out there and get annihilated out there online all day long,” said producer Brad Fuller during a chat with journos on the set of A Nightmare on Elm St., “and [The Birds] just opens us up to a whole different level of annihilation.” What’s the conclusion? “…it doesn’t feel like that’s up next for us.” More pecking around the corpse of The Birds and the (still?) planned Rosemary’s Baby re-do after the jump. Read More »