With ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ having grossed eight times its $5 million budget on its US opening last weekend, the film’s producer, Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, has set the company’s next launch at another horror film franchise. ‘Incarnate’ will go into production in November, with Aaron Eckhart starring and ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ helmer Brad Peyton directing a script by Ronnie Christensen. The plot is described as follows: “an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconscious of the possessed meets his match when a 9-year-old boy is possessed by a demon from his past.”
Jason Blum has put together a stellar track record in the low-cost horror game. Besides ‘Insidious,’ he presides over the ‘Paranormal Activity’ and ‘Sinister’ franchises as well as ‘The Purge,’ the latter a $3 million budgeted film which opened to a $34 million weekend in June, finishing with a $64 million US gross. Blumhouse has its first-look deal with Universal but ‘Incarnate’ hasn’t yet been set for distribution. Aaron Eckhart is coming off ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ and next stars in ‘I, Frankenstein.’
Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted this latest TV spot for Denis Villeneuve’s (Incendies) dramatic thriller, ‘Prisoners.’ Led by Hugh Jackman and Jack Gyllenhaal, ‘Prisoners’ features an all-star cast, including Maria Bello as Keller’s wife, Grace; Oscar nominees Terrence Howard and Viola Davis as Franklin and Nancy Birch, whose daughter Joy went missing with the Dovers’; Academy Award winner Melissa Leo as Alex Jones’ Aunt Holly; and Paul Dano as Alex Jones. ‘Prisoners’ is pencilled in for a September 20th release in the US and a September 27th bow in the UK.
In the film, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect’s release. Knowing his child’s life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, he may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante?
FilmDistrict has debuted this new collection of promo images and a clip for Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy.’ Arriving in cinemas on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK, the upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook’s cult classic also stars the likes of Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, James Ransone, Lance Reddick, and Michael Imperioli. The original ‘Oldboy,’ released in 2003, won the much coveted Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s 90′s manga series.
Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ follows Josh Brolin’s character, Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original), a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughters birthday. For twenty years he is held captive, and upon his release must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement. Sharlto Copley plays a mysterious billionaire out to destroy Joe’s life, while Elizabeth Olsen plays Marie, a caseworker who helps Joe investigate the past. Samuel L. Jackson plays the head of the motel where Brolin’s character has been held hostage.
Deadline are reporting that Fede Alvarez, the Uruguayan helmer who went from highly acclaimed short ‘Panic Attack’ to the ‘Evil Dead’ remake, is in talks to direct ‘Dante’s Inferno.’ Universal Pictures is setting him to helm the live action adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game, which is loosely inspired by the first third of Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem, “The Divine Comedy.” The protagonist, Dante Aligheri, is a knight who with the help of the poet Virgil ventures into the nine rings of hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice. In the process, he becomes an unwitting pawn in an ancient war between heaven and hell. Rights to the video game were won by Universal several years ago in a bidding battle. The game was released in 2010 for Xbox and PlayStation. Jay Basu is the most recent writer of the script, with Bruce McKenna writing the earlier draft.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o & Benedict Cumberbatch Feature In New ’12 Years A Slave’ Pics
Fox Searchlight has revealed, via The Playlist, this new collection of images from Steve McQueen’s (Hunger, Shame) ‘12 Years a Slave.’ Set for October 18th in the US, the historical drama, featuring a script by McQueen and John Ridley, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams. ’12 Years A Slave’ opens on January 24th in the UK.
Based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup, ‘12 Years a Slave’ tells of Northrup’s tragic kidnapping in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation. The official synopsis for ‘Twelve Years A Slave’ can be read below. Hans Zimmer is providing the score for the film.
‘Are We Officially Dating?’ Title Changed To ‘That Awkward Moment’ – Starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan & Miles Teller
Along with this first official image from the film, FilmDistrict send word that they’ve changed the title for their upcoming R-rated comedy ‘Are We Officially Dating?’ to ‘That Awkward Moment.’ Lead by Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller as three friends in Manhattan who make a pact to remain single just as they each start to fall in love, the film co-stars Imogen Poots, Jessica Lucas, Lola Glaudini and Josh Pais. Opening on January 31st, 2014, ‘That Awkward Moment’ is written and directed by Tom Gormican.
Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in the R-rated comedy, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been– at that confusing “moment” in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”