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Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2008 by David Chen
There are some young individuals in this world whose talent seems so boundless and who show so much potential at the beginning of their careers that the mind staggers at the endless possibilities of the future. Juan Antonio Bayona is one of those people. I still remember the first time I watched Bayona’s The Orphanage (his feature-film directorial debut), a movie whose command of mood and horror is so deft that I felt physically ill with anticipation during certain segments (e.g. the “Red light – green light” scene in the darkness).
Thus, I was extremely excited to learn that Bayona will be teaming up again with producer Guillermo Del Toro to direct Hater for Universal, with a script by Shield veteran Glen Mazarra based off a book by David Moody. The book describes a society rocked by citizens who are suddenly susceptible to random bouts of violent, homicidal rage. Essentially, it sounds a lot like The Happening, only with people hurting each other instead of themselves. Let’s hope it can avoid that movie’s hokiness and the ridiculous of its Shyamalan-style twist ending [Update: Commenters also rightfully point out that the book’s plot is similar to that of The Signal]. I, for one, can’t wait for Bayona to get back into the game.
[Fun Fact: You can purchase a used copy of the paperback version of Hater used on Amazon for $527.04. Guess that edition is a tad rare?]
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Movieland has the first blurry photo of Yun-Fat Chow as Master Roshi in Dragonball.
Steven Spielberg is creating a new social networking site called “The Rising.” The site will be dedicated to those who have had paranormal experiences, and users users will be encouraged to share their own extraterrestrial encounters. [io9]
Mark Johnson and Guillermo del Toro will produce an adaptation of David Moody’s 2006 novel Hater for Universal. The thriller is about an epidemic of random violence in which ordinary people strike lethally without warning or remorse. [variety]
Topless Robot counts down the 10 Sexiest Pieces of Comic Book Movie Arm Candy.
Jay Roach admits Meet The Fockers and Austin Powers sequels are in consideration, but nothing is for sure. [mtv]
The IconFactory has released the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade icon set.
Disney Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of M. Night Shyamalan‘s Signs on June 3rd 2008. [bloody-disgusting]
Warner Premiere has launched the official website for Lost Boys: The Tribe.
CC2K counts down Indiana Jones’ Trilogy’s Top 5 Greatest Kills.
Empire has a new trailer for the LEGO Indiana Jones video game.