Fantastic Fest today announced the third and final wave of programming for this year’s genre film event, which takes place in Austin, Texas, Sept. 18-25. The films added to the schedule for the festival’s tenth anniversary bash include the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Horns, the Elijah Wood-starring Open Windows, and the Ryan Murphy-produced The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a remake of the 1975 horror movie of the same name whose trailer was also released Wednesday. Another new, not-to-be-missed addition: director David Gregory’s documentary Lost Soul—The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, which concerns Stanley’s ultimately disastrous attempt to adapt H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel.
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John Carpenter was once among Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers. But the man who brought us such genre classics as Halloween, The Thing, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13 has only made one movie in the past 13 years—2010’s psychological thriller The Ward—and hasn’t troubled the box office in a big way since 1998’s James Woods-starring Vampires. (And Carpenter, 66, doesn’t sound like he’s in any rush to get back behind the camera: “I worked really hard for more years than I’d like to count, but now I can pick and choose things,” says the director, who most recently co-penned a comic book follow-up to his 1986 kung fu-fantasy film Big Trouble in Little China. “I was doing too much—music and writing and all this shit. I had to take a break. I’m developing a couple of things. But we’ll see. There’s no urgency.”)
Beloved horror cult gem Audition will be getting an English-language remake. Takashi Miike’s 1999 film–which doubled as a public service announcement about the potential dangers of piano wire–was based on a 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami. READ FULL STORY
What do Cecil B. De Mille, Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Mann, and Michael Haneke have in common? They all remade movies they had themselves previously directed. Filmmakers Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (I Know Who Killed Me) can now claim membership of this small but illustrious group thanks to their new collaboration All Cheerleaders Die, a remake of the pair’s 2001 horror movie.
Released to cinemas tomorrow (and also available on VOD) the revamped All Cheerleaders Die stars Caitlin Stasey, Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, and Reanin Johannink as a quartet of cheerleaders who die in a car crash but are brought back to life by a high school acquaintance (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) and face off against the jocks responsible for their death.
Below, McKee and Sivertson talk about returning to the scene of their previous cinematic crime. READ FULL STORY
In 2001, writer-directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson killed off a group of cheerleaders in All Cheerleaders Die. Now, they’ve done it again in a remake of their own film, which hits theaters Friday and is also available on VOD. So why do the pair hate cheerleaders so much? READ FULL STORY
What’s old is new again.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures have announced that they’re teaming with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin to launch a new film trilogy — one that might look a little familiar. The franchise will reimagine the 1994 film Stargate, a sci-fi adventure that starred Kurt Russell and James Spader. Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original film with Devlin, will once again be sitting in the director’s chair; Devlin will produce the remake. READ FULL STORY
New film Neighbors (Cinema Score: B) easily won the domestic box office battle this weekend. Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron’s frat comedy earned an estimated $51.1 million, making for a global total of $85 million so far. Last week’s No. 1 movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, fell to second place, with a weekend gross of $37.2 million for a cumulative domestic gross of $147.9 million and a worldwide gross of $550 million. The Other Woman, meanwhile, raked in $9.2 million for a domestic total of $61.7 million.
If there is one thing producer Mark Burnett proved with the February release of Son of God, it’s that he knows how to reach a Christian audience. His film, which relied primarily on footage shot from his successful Bible mini-series, has earned close to $60 million domestically — a gross achieved primarily from faith-based consumers encouraged to attend by their churches, which Burnett and producing partner/wife/actress Roma Downey courted enthusiastically.
Now the two devout Christians are joining up with Paramount/MGM on the remake of the 1959 film Ben-Hur, which is already slated to debut on February 26, 2016. From a script originally written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back), plus revisions by screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), the film will revisit Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ and follows a falsely accused nobleman (originally played by Charlton Heston) who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct. READ FULL STORY
SXSW: Tobe Hooper talks about the new, restored version of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER
On Monday, March 10, a forty-year-old terror will return to Austin, Tx., when a newly restored version of horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is screened at the SXSW Festival ahead of the movie’s theatrical rerelease this summer. “It’s great on the big screen,” says filmmaker Tobe Hooper, who cowrote and directed the infamous 1974 film in the countryside outside of Austin, and also worked on the restoration. “It’s in 7.1 sound that completely wraps around you and in 4K [resolution]. The film works as well, if not better, than it originally did.”
Australian actor Luke Bracey has been cast in the upcoming remake of the 1991 film Point Break, playing Johnny Utah, the role originated by Keanu Reeves. Invincible‘s Ericson Core will direct.
The project was first announced back in 2011. Kathryn Bigelow, who went on to win a Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, directed the original. Gerard Butler is set to play Bodhi, the leader of the gang of surfers played by the late Patrick Swayze.
Bracey’s name has been in the headlines recently for another high-profile job: It was announced last week that he’s taking over for Paul Walker, who died in November, in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me. The 24-year-old is best known for taking over for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander in the 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He also played Leighton Meester’s love interest in 2011’s Monte Carlo.
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