Blumhouse RSVPs September 2019 Date On Universal’s Schedule
Blumhouse, the genre studio that delivered two massive hits to Universal this year with Get Out and Split — to the tune of $529.3M off combined production budgets of $13.5M — has reserved September 6, 2019, for an untitled release. That’s the weekend after Labor Day, the same slot in which New Line’s It recently debuted and shattered B.O. records with a $123.4M start.
The studio’s next movie with Uni is Happy Death Day on October 13. Directed by Christopher Landon, the… Read
Sony Pictures Television Buys Into Simon Pegg & Nick Frost’s Stolen Picture
Sony Pictures Television has taken a minority stake in UK-based Stolen Picture, the film, TV and digital banner launched by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost last May. The companies have also entered into an exclusive TV distribution deal. Miles Ketley has been appointed CEO of Stolen Picture, joining from Bad Wolf.
The deal with Sony continues an existing relationship between the partners. As Deadline reported in May, Stolen Picture's first project is Slaughterhouse Rulez… Read
Will Paramount Replace Chinese Slate Partner With U.S. $$$? Dallas-Based Investors Circling
UPDATED, 10:25 AM: We hear the guy behind these talks is Dallas-based billionaire Tom Dundon, who made all his money in the subprime market. He was considered to be a possible back-pocket fix at Sony. One of the LStar funds was part of the Dundon funds and was run by Sam Loughlin, who did not get along with the Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group Tom Rothman. Once Loughlin was out of the mix (he stepped out of Lone Star Funds in July), it was… Read
‘It’ Becomes Biggest-Ever September Release With $218.8M As ‘Mother!’ Gets F Report Card & Dismal $7.5M – Monday Final
6TH UPDATE, Monday final: Stephen King’s It slashed the competition to bring in another $60 million in its sophomore weekend to become the biggest September release in domestic box office history. The two-week total for the New Line/Warner Bros horror film now stands at $218.8M.
The three-day gross of Darren Aronofsky’s mother! was even scarier, though, and became the the butt of jokes after the Paramount film landed an F CinemaScore (“mother! F”). The film with at least… Read
Sony Pictures Worldwide Lands Package Based On Dan Simmons ‘Summer Of Night’ Fright Novel
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has stepped up to buy a package based on the Dan Simmons horror novel Summer of Night. Mexican helmer Isaac Ezban is set to direct a script by Ben Poole, and Ehren Kruger & Daniel Bobker are producing. The deal comes after the success of coming-of-age horror hits It and Stranger Things.
Even though the novel was published in 1991 (it spawned a book series), the framework is familiar. The book revolves around a series of… Read
‘Good Omens’: David Tennant, Michael Sheen Suit Up For Amazon – First Photo
Principal photography has begun in London on Amazon’s fantasy drama Good Omens. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the six-part series stars Michael Sheen as angel Aziraphale and David Tennant as demon Crowley. Check out the first on-set photo of the duo above. Shooting will continue for six months in London, Oxfordshire and South Africa for a 2019 launch.
Gaiman tweeted the full-size pic below and said today, "People have fallen in love with an angel… Read
‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Swings To Fox Record In China; Tops $430M WW; ‘It’ Hits $371M – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Two months after beginning global rollout, Fox's War For The Planet Of The Apes planted its foot in China. The debut of $62.3M on 30,000 screens scored the studio its biggest opening weekend ever in the Middle Kingdom. The result also pushed the Matt Reeves-directed threequel from Chernin Entertainment across the $400M global mark where the total to date sits at $432M. The international box office cume is now $287.9M.
With a full weekend of $62.9M in 21… Read
‘Mother!’ Review: Pray For Jennifer Lawrence In Darren Aronofsky’s Intoxicating And Polarizing Dream Of Hell On Earth
Not long after I saw mother! at an early morning screening at the Toronto Film Festival this week, I ran into Christopher Nolan at his Dunkirk event and he was asking which movies I had seen, particularly curious about Darren Aronofsky’s. “I hear it is one of those movies you either love or hate,” he said. I replied that I actually loved and hated it.We both agreed maybe that is what a great movie should be.
Actually it was entirely appropriate I saw this film on a Sunday… Read
Jamie Lee Curtis Returning For New ‘Halloween’
Jamie Lee Curtis is getting back in her Halloween costume. The actress and Universal said today that she will return to play her iconic role of Laurie Strode in the new installment of the horror franchise that will hit theaters in October 2018.
Curtis tweeted the news today, complete with the first look at the character she first played in the 1978 original, and reprised in some fashion in five subsequent sequels and reboots:
"Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40… Read
‘Good Omens’: Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson & Adria Arjona Join Amazon Series
Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson and Adria Arjona are aboard for Amazon’s six-part TV adaptation of Good Omens, based on the book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Described as equal parts humor and horror, fantasy and drama, Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going… Read
Horror Masters Team For ‘Nightmare Cinema’ Anthology Movie From Cinelou & Good Deed
Genre bigwigs Mick Garris, Joe Dante, David Slade, Ryuhei Kitamura and Alejandro Brugues have joined together with Cinelou Films and Good Deed Entertainment for Nightmare Cinema, an anthology horror movie in the works made up of five short films that will share a common thread. Mickey Rourke has been set to play the ringmaster of sorts to link the stories.
The anthology will center on a series of down-on-their-luck individuals who enter the decrepit and spine-chilling… Read
The Method To The Madness Of ‘Mother!’s Box Office Marketing
When Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan came out of the fall film festival circuit seven years ago, the pic was promptly teed up for Oscar season with many bewitched by Natalie Portman’s graceful turn as a tormented ballerina who notches the lead in Swan Lake.
Fox Searchlight ensured that the movie was protected theatrically in what was a pretty fierce awards season that included competition like The Social Network and The King’s Speech. As such, the label platformed Black Swa… Read