EXCLUSIVE: Horror anthology Tales Of Halloween has recruited director Lucky McKee as the holiday-themed project continues filming in Los Angeles. The director of 2002’s genre favorite May, The Woods, Red and Sundance controversy-maker The Woman most recently helmed last year’s tongue-in-cheek horror comedy All Cheerleaders Die. He’s joining an assemblage of LA-based horror mavens led by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw franchise) and Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game Of Thrones). With five features under his belt McKee’s one of the more seasoned filmmakers in the lineup dubbed the October Society, which also includes Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp and Paul Solet. The Halloween-set anthology spans 10 interconnected segments, all set in the same American suburb in which ghouls, imps, aliens and ax murderers appear for one night to terrorize unsuspecting residents. Epic Pictures is backing the project, which Epic’s Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson are producing alongside directors Mendez and Carolyn.
Universal Pictures has retitled its Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy The Nest to Sisters almost a year ahead of the film’s December 18, 2015, release. The pic reunites the Saturday Night Live alums in the tale of two grown siblings who return home to clear their childhood belongings before their parents sell the house. The disconnected pair attempt to relive their glory days and bond anew by throwing one last rager for their former classmates. Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, John Cena and James Brolin co-star in the comedy directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore, which Fey is producing alongside Jay Roach and John S. Lyons.
Gosnell, the telefilm about a Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of murdering three infants born alive, has reopened its record-breaking crowdfunding campaign. In May the project reached its $2.1 million goal on Indiegogo, becoming the site’s best-funded movie project ever. Now it has become part of Forever Funding, the site’s new pilot program that allows previously successful, high-profile campaigns to reopen indefinitely. “After the campaign first closed, we had a lot people telling us that they missed it the first time and sending us checks,” Gosnell producer Ann McElhinney said. “We also heard from previous donors who wanted to give again. Now that Indiegogo have allowed us to reopen the project it means they can all donate with just a few clicks.” Indiegogo said it is allowing some projects to reopen their campaigns because it has always been the site’s mission “to democratize funding” and the Forever Funding initiative was an extension of that.