backdraft 2

Sequel mania is coming even to modestly received 1991 blockbusters whose biggest claim to fame is getting a sweaty, soot-covered Kurt Russell to don a firefighter suit.

That’s right, the Backdraft sequel you’ve been eagerly waiting for is on its way. Backdraft 2 is now officially in the works at Universal with a director attached and co-star William Baldwin set to return.

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Shalrto Copley wakes up in a grave, which is good — better to be alive than dead. But that may be the only good thing happening to the guy, as it is a mass grave filled with other bodies, and nearby is a house full of suspicious people who don’t remember how they came to be there. Copley joins them, and suspicion and paranoia gives way to true horror as everyone starts to figure out what’s really going on, and then things get really weird.

The film is directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego, who made Apollo 18, and this looks like a big step forward from that found-footage movie. Check out a trailer below. Read More »

NBC’s Community may be on hiatus, but don’t think for a second that its cast has been slacking off. Not only is production still in full swing, several of the show’s stars have been working on outside projects as well. Gillian Jacobs, for one, has just wrapped Revenge for Jolly! and has a part in this summer’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. She’ll next head to Burt Wonderstone, with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.

Directed by Don Scardino (30 Rock), the comedy centers around a Las Vegas magician (Carell) who finds himself upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Carrey). He then ditches his partner and tries to rediscover his passion for magic. Jacobs is set to play a woman who hooks up with Carell’s character after meeting him at one of his shows. The film already boasts a seriously talented comedic cast, with Brad Garrett, James Gandolfini, Steve Buscemi, and Olivia Wilde on board as well, and Jacobs seems like a fantastic addition. Burt Wonderstone is currently shooting in Las Vegas for a 2013 release. [THR]

After the jump, Jacobs’ Revenge for Jolly! co-star Oscar Isaac nabs another new role.

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The public image of NASA isn’t what it once was. In my youth the department was a beacon of scientific hope, but budget cuts and a waning interest in space exploration have helped NASA wither to a shadow of its former self. This year saw the end of the agency’s space shuttle program. But that doesn’t mean the outfit is ready to be associated with any old claptrap. And so, below, we have an official statement from NASA that distances the group from the ‘found footage’ thriller Apollo 18. Read More »

‘Apollo 18’ Trailer

Dimension Films have released the movie trailer for Gonzalo López-Gallego‘s sci-fi horror thrillerApollo 18, a film about “the real mission to space in the 1970’s that was canceled by NASA.” Produced by Night Watch/Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, the subtitle on the movie poster is “There’s a Reason We’ve Never Gone Back To The Moon.” NASA insists that Apollo 18 never happened but some conspiracy theorists believe that the Department of Defense and NASA launched a covert mission to the moon in 1972. Bob Weinstein cam aboard to finance the film after Bekmambetov showed him footage that was supposedly shot by the Apollo 18 crew.

Looks creepy, and the first person perspective stuff reads almost like Paranormal Activity meets Alien, but set on the moon. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Considering Apollo 18 had a release date before it had a director, and that release date was four months away, it’s not that big of a shock that the Timur Bekmambetov-produced film has been moved from its original March 4 release date. What’s more surprising is that it only moved back a month, to April 22. The film, which is a found footage tale about a secret moon mission which resulted in an alien encounter, is directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego.

In other release date news, the rise of Tom Hardy continues this year as his new film Warrior, directed by Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory, Miracle), will hit theaters on September 9. Read more about that film after the jump. Read More »

Movie Poster: ‘Apollo 18’

You know a movie is high concept when it can be sold with a set of footprints. The Weinstein Company just released a teaser one-sheet for Apollo 18, their found footage sci-fi thriller produced by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. Featuring the tagline “There’s a reason we’ve never gone back to the Moon,” the poster features an astronaut footprint next to an alien footprint, simply and effectively telling the whole story. That story, of course, is about a secret moon mission which resulted in an alien encounter. It’s The Blair Witch Project plus Alien rolled into Apollo 13. The film only recently hit our radar with its sale and director attachment. Still, it’s set for near immediate release on March 4. Check out the full poster after the jump. Read More »

The found-footage sci-fi film Apollo 18 started to make waves when it was picked up at the American Film Market by the Weinstein Company. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov, the film purports to tell the story of a moon mission undertaken in secret. The mission led to an alien encounter, and the ‘found-footage’ aspect would see the story played out through footage supposedly shot by the astronauts.

Trevor Cawood was too direct, but now Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (who made El rey de la montaña, aka King of the Hill) has stepped in and will helm the picture instead. Read More »