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The Movie: Ghost Town
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime
The Pitch: After a near-death experience during a routine colonoscopy, people-hating dentist Bertrum Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is shocked to discover that he is suddenly able to talk to the dead. Constantly cornered by unhappy spirits who want him to help resolve their earthly problems, the misanthropic Pincus is driven to distraction. Eventually talked into helping the dearly departed Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), Pincus attempts to talk to Frank’s widow, Gwen (Téa Leoni)
Why It’s Essential Viewing: David Koepp is best known for writing blockbusters hits like Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man and War of the Worlds. Comedian Ricky Gervais is known for being smarmy, snarky, and generally pompous. But when these two come together in Ghost Town, the result is a charming romantic comedy that somehow turns Ricky Gervais into an endearing leading man when all is said and done. Read More »
How much of an introduction does a producer like Jason Blum really need? We all know the name Blumhouse Productions, the production company Blum founded 20 years ago. It was in 2009 the company exploded and discovered a winning formula in modestly budgeted horror movies with low risks and potentially high rewards. Now, Blumhouse is a company whose name attracts as many moviegoers, if not more so, than most name actors.
The latest Blumhouse Production is You Should Have Left, which is writer-director David Koepp returning to Stir of Echoes territory with his leading man, Kevin Bacon. The story is set almost entirely in a house where Bacon can’t escape the past. Based on a german novella by writer Daniel Kehlmann, it’s a modern spin on “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
Recently, we talked to Jason Blum about the atmospheric horror movie, daily operations at Blumhouse, reopening theaters, VOD, and more.
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In the future, everyone will have a podcast. If there wasn’t already a plethora of podcasts available before the coronavirus pandemic, the quarantine has certainly inspired a whole swath of new audio entertainment to fight for our attention. Even media giants are getting in on the latest rise in podcast popularity, and Spotify and Audible will be adding more to the bunch.
Spotify has just struck a deal with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment that will bring the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, The Joker and many more DC Comics characters into the podcast arena with an annual slate of dramatic and comedic scripted audio programming. Meanwhile, over at Audible, a handful of new shows starring Kevin Bacon, Alicia Silverstone, Christian Slater, Yvette Nicole Brown and more have just been announced. Read More »
There’s an entire cottage industry devoted to horror movies where characters go to a new location – rented house, big old hotel, etc. – to get away from it all, only to end up dealing with things that go bump in the night. There’s nothing wrong with trodding over familiar ground – there are approximately ten billion adaptations of Dracula, after all – but if you’re going to construct a getaway horror story, you’d be well-served to give viewers something fresh to view. Which is what David Koepp tries, sort of, with You Should Have Left.
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Indiana Jones 5 is still years away, and hasn’t even begun production yet – but it’s already gone through several major changes. The biggest change of all: Steven Spielberg, who directed all the other Indiana Jones films, is sitting this one out and handing the reins over to James Mangold. And that change has set off a series of other changes as well.
David Koepp, a writer who has worked with Spielberg several times before, was originally handling the script. Koepp handed his duties off to other writers, but then returned to work on the screenplay some more. But now, according to Koepp himself, he’s no longer involved with the project – and Mangold might be starting completely from scratch.
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Universal’s Bride of Frankenstein reboot isn’t quite dead yet. At one point, the film was supposed to be part of Universal’s Dark Universe – but then that entire idea was chased away by torch-wielding villagers. Now, Universal is taking a different, and so far better, approach to reviving their classic monsters. They already released The Invisible Man with Blumhouse, and have several other monster-related titles in the works. And according to screenwriter David Koepp, Bride of Frankenstein is one of them.
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Before movie theaters were forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the best movies of the year so far was Blumhouse’s new take on The Invisible Man. However, it looks like they’ll be going from a high peak to a disappointing valley later this month with the surprise announcement of their latest film premiering on VOD.
Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried star in You Should Have Left, a psychological horror thriller directed by Mission: Impossible and Jurassic Park writer David Koepp. Once you see the trailer for this movie, you’ll understand why it was pushed to VOD instead of waiting for theaters. Read More »
David Koepp, best known as the screenwriter of Jurassic Park, published his first novel last year. It’s a bioterrorism thriller called Cold Storage, and before it was even published, Hollywood studios were engaged in a bidding war for the film rights. Paramount came out on top, and now the studio’s film adaptation has found a director: Jonny Campbell, whose credits include Westworld, Dracula, and Doctor Who. Get details about the plot below. Read More »
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It’s been a long road of development for Indiana Jones 5 so far. The project was first officially announced early in 2017, and at the time it was slated for release in the summer of 2019. Obviously that didn’t happen, and now the movie is slated for release in July 9, 2021. But before that’s even possible, there needs to be a script, and it doesn’t seem like anyone can settle on what the story should be.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull writer David Koepp was the first scribe brought on board to take a crack at Indiana Jones 5. Since then, the sequel has changed hands just as much as the Ark of the Covenant, but now Koepp himself has confirmed that he’s working on the script again. What is going on here?! Read More »
Steven Spielberg wants in on that sweet superhero action. Spielberg will produce a Blackhawk film for Warner Bros., adapted from the DC comics character. More on the Blackhawk movie below.
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