Welcome, Atom Insider readers, to Donato’s Dungeon! Isn’t chasing news headlines a grueling and exhausting task? Ever wonder where you can get all the week’s biggest headlines in one easy-to-find place? That’s why I’m here, armed with a chainsaw and machete to slice through the week’s onslaught of horror news to find the most notable happenings in our genre community. Let’s see what sights I have to show you…
1. ‘Three From Hell’ To Get Fathom Events Release
Those hoping for Rob Zombie’s latest to receive a wide release, that’s unfortunately not the case. Fathom Events will sponsor a few special screenings of Three From Hell in around 900 theaters on September 16th, 17th and 18th. Like Zombie’s last release, 31, extra content will be included with the film for behind-the-scenes looks. Rob Zombie is also teasing special pre-screening opportunities, but it’s still unclear what those will entail (possibly a contest?). Keep an eye on Zombie’s social media accounts for further information on how to see Three From Hell before the Fathom wave – you’ll be able to snag tickets here on Atom once they go on sale.
2. ‘Hellraiser’ TV Series Coming From ‘It’ Producer
It wasn’t long ago we heard Hellraiser would be getting the remake treatment, but it’s now confirmed that Pinhead will score a double-dip of revitalization. It producer Roy Lee and Ready Player One producer Dan Farah intend to bring Cenobite nightmares to the small screen. “The intention is to use the mythology established in the movie franchise and the Clive Barker novella The Hellbound Heart as a launch pad for a new series that could be an anthology, or a more traditional narrative.” No word yet on if Doug Bradley will return in either project, but as I always say, “More Pinhead, less problems!” Or at least I can say that now.
3. ‘Lost Boys’ Television Show To Recast All But Two Roles
We recently reported on the CW’s displeasure with Catherine Hardwicke’s Lost Boys pilot, and it seems those teased “recasting” threats came true. Out of a cast that included names like Tyler Posey and Kiele Sanchez, only Medalion Rahimi as girlfriend Stella and Dakota Shapiro as immortal vampire David will reprise their roles in a completely new pilot. No news yet on who will be filling those roles now vacated, but it seems that CW is starting from square one. Maybe it’s more than a coincidence that Corey Feldman just came out saying he’d love to reprise his “Frog Brother” role in the Lost Boys TV show.
4. ‘Ready Or Not’ Moves Release Date Up
This may not seem like a big deal, but it’s newsworthy nonetheless. Ready Or Not has shifted its release date from August 23rd to August 21st. A whole two days, I know. Just want to make sure your calendars are set correctly and there’s no radio silence when making movie-night plans with friends.
5. Netflix To Adapt Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’
In what’s being described as “the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has ever done,” Netflix has won the battle to live-action-ify Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy) will write and serve as showrunner. Gaiman will executive produce alongside David S. Goyer, who tried to sell the show to HBO but the network passed due to a large price tag. Good thing money is no problem for Netflix (or so they like to make us believe). No timetable for release yet, but this announcement is a good first start.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
6. Mike Flanagan Coming Back To Netflix With ‘Midnight Mass’
Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy, the duo behind Netflix’s The Haunting Of Hill House, have just signed on to bring another horror series to the streaming platform in Midnight Mass. The seven-episode series follows “an isolated island community experiencing miraculous events – and frightening omens – after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest.” Deadline also notes there is no correlation to Vertigo’s Midnight, Mass comic series.
7. Animated ‘Gremlins’ Prequel Ordered by WarnerMedia
We are getting an animated Gizmo series. I repeat. WE ARE GETTING AN ANIMATED GIZMO SERIES. The WarnerMedia streaming service is the proud owner of Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, which comes with a ten-episode order. “Set in 1920s Shanghai, the series will tell the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing met the young Mogwai called Gizmo.” Tze Chun will write the series and serve as co-executive producer. No word on if Howie Mandel will return to voice Gizmo.
8. ‘Ju-On’ Franchise To Continue As Series On Netflix
J-Horror sensation Ju-On, known stateside as The Grudge, has just been ordered straight-to-series over at Netflix. As per a visible Netflix landing page, “The J-Horror classic franchise “Ju-On” was actually based on real events that occurred over four decades – and the truth is even more terrifying.” Sho Miyake has been announced as director. Damn, Netflix. You’re just going for all the horror episodics, aren’t ya?
Source: Ramen Para Dos
9. ‘A Wicked Tale’ To Become Shared Horror Universe Based On Classic Fairytales
Circle Of Confusion, the production company behind The Walking Dead, have announced their intent to create a shared horror universe around children’s fairytales. The news couples with the pickup of horror script A Wicked Tale, which is described as a contemporary Hansel & Gretel. From there, Circle Of Confusion plan on producing a slew of accompanying files based on public domain fairytale characters. Zack Andrews and Bobby Roe, behind the awesome The Houses October Built, will be rewriting the A Wicked Tale script with Roe on board to direct the film. “A Wicked Tale follows two college students who stumble upon something sinister in the local woods after an altercation with a fellow student leads to deadly consequences.”
10. Heather Langenkamp Would Love To Reprise Her Role In Another ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’
With the resurgence of Halloween and Jamie Lee Curtis’ comeback to the franchise, it’s no surprise other famous horror icons are expressing their interest in another cinematic rodeo. Robert Englund has softened on his claims that he’ll never play Freddy Krueger again, helping chances for another A Nightmare On Elm Street. Heather Langenkamp has been more vocal about her desire to play Nancy Thompson, dropping this latest tidbit to ComicBook.com:
“I would really love to reprise Nancy in a way, because I feel that there’s more of that story to be told, certainly,” Langenkamp told the site. “But I don’t know if there’s anyone out there who is as imaginative as Wes Craven, who could figure it out. I just don’t know. I don’t see enough great storylines that would incorporate Nancy in any universe. I just don’t know if that exists, but some brilliant person might be working on something. But I know the fans would love it so much, because I see them in these situations where they’re so enthusiastic.”
The actress continued, “They’re such great fans that the horror genre just doesn’t seem to appreciate them enough. I constantly walk away with, these are people who have created a genre just out of pure love over the past 30 years. Their love of these movies has actually buoyed this genre in a way that no other genres, I think, can say that’s the reason why they’re so successful. And so, for their sake, I think, give them what they want. If this is what they want, they’re telling me they want it, then why wouldn’t you give people what they want?”
And Now…This Week’s Horror Trailers!
The Soska Sisters’ Rabid remake will premiere at the upcoming Frightfest festival, and we have our first trailer. A new take on a Cronenberg classic.
SCREAM: SEASON 3
The mask, the voice, it’s all back. Executive Producer Queen Latifa? You’ve got my full attention.
David M. Rosenthal’s Jacob’s Ladder remake gets an updated treatment with an Iraq War revamp and we finally have the first trailer. Jesse Williams and Michael Ealy headline, but there are a lot of questions still to be answered given how this film has been audience testing for years and is still scant of marketing.
Sometimes you want to burn it all down in this trailer featuring Josh Hutcherson and Suki Waterhouse. What else is there to do on a night where everything goes from bad to worse to irredeemable?
Last week we announced Luz would be hitting theaters this summer, and now Screen Media has released the first trailer! This is unlike any possession film you’ve experienced. I promise.
Shudder brings a horror comedy about paranormal investigators who aren’t the greatest at their jobs. Then they meet a real ghost, and it’s go-time. Ghost-time? You get me.
Achoura played Cinepocalypse and now I’m mad I missed it. This trailer has a lil’ bit of everything (creatures, lullaby whispers, screams).
As if flying wasn’t scary enough, now you’ve got on-board demons and disappearances to deal with.
THE HUNTRESS: RUNE OF THE DEAD
A little low-budget medieval horror with archers and knights.
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