There is a bit of a dead zone every July, when it seems like every major entertainment outlet is trying not to reveal any news because they’re going to try to announce something big at Comic-Con. So this week’s Horror News Rundown is a little shorter than usual, but we’ve still got some cool news about the remake of FLATLINERS, an impressive Comic-Con reunion, a long-awaited director’s cut and maybe – just maybe – the return of the beloved SAW franchise.
In fact, screw it, let’s just start there…
What the Heck is SAW: LEGACY…?
One of the most popular and financially successful horror franchises of the 21st century may be coming back to theaters. Then again, it might not. It’s a little hard to tell because apparently plans are underway to shoot a film called SAW: LEGACY this September, with the producers of the previous films, but nobody has actually announced anything about it.
Of course, the return of the SAW franchise was practically inevitable. Over the course of seven years and seven films, the saga of a serial killer called “Jigsaw” – who devised elaborate death traps that his victims could only escape at an incredible personal and/or physical cost – accrued vast profits, a sizable following and an almost unbelievably elaborate mythology. The most recent SAW movie, SAW 3D, was released way back in 2010 but a follow-up, a reboot, a television series, or at least something was bound to come of it eventually.
James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the creators of the SAW series, have previously mentioned in interviews that they had an interest in returning to the franchise in some form or another. But a listing at IATSE, was the first inkling that something was actually being produced. The original listing had a picture of the doll from SAW associated with the production, but that image has since been replaced with a generic title card. However, producers Dan Heffner and Oren Koules, who were behind all the previous SAW films, are still listed.
Did a big surprise get leaked, or are we reading too much into this? Time will tell. If a new SAW movie really is on the horizon, we’re going to get an announcement sooner or later. Maybe even at Comic-Con!
The ALIENS Cast Returns to Comic-Con 2016
Fans attending Comic-Con usually know exactly what they’re getting: panels about the most popular geek TV shows, upcoming geeky movies, and lots and lots of cosplay. But this year one of the most anticipated panels is a nostalgic throwback to a 30-year-old classic. The cast of ALIENS is reuniting in Hall H – in front of 6,500 people – for a Q&A with their biggest fans. (Source: EW)
Cast members Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn will be joined by producer Gale Anne Hurd and director James Cameron for the event, which also promotes the upcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray release of the iconic, Oscar-winning sci-fi/action thriller. Pre-orders for the new set will be taken at the Fox booth on the convention floor, and the first 250 customers will receive a lithograph featuring Ripley and the Alien Queen.
Sometimes we get kind of jaded about Comic-Con, an event that has become enormously commercial and corporate in recent years. But then there are panels like this which may tie into an upcoming product, but still manage to feel like once-in-a-lifetime events, and prove that that SDCC still kicks ass.
THE EXORCIST III Director’s Cut is Finally Coming!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: THE EXORCIST III is one of the most underrated horror movies ever made. And that’s even taking into account the fact that the theatrical cut of the film, the only version ever released, was a drastically altered version of what writer/director William Peter Blatty originally intended. (Case in point: his director’s cut didn’t have an exorcism in it!)
For years, a director’s cut of THE EXORCIST III seemed like a pipe dream. The film wasn’t terribly popular, and the original footage didn’t seem to be available. But earlier this week, Scream Factory announced that they were hard at work on a new Blu-ray release of THE EXORCIST III that would include the theatrical cut and, if not Blatty’s official director’s cut, then at least they closest they could approximate with the materials that still exist.
It’s a similar approach to the restored, “Cabal” cut of Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED, which dramatically altered the cult classic and gave fans a whole new way to appreciate a great horror movie. We can’t wait to see how it turns out, but apparently we’ll have to wait a few months longer: the EXORCIST III Blu-ray is scheduled to be released on October 25, 2016.
Kiefer Sutherland Returns for the FLATLINERS Remake
One of the horror remakes we keep forgetting is on the horizon, if only because it’s been in development for what seems like ever, is the upcoming redo of FLATLINERS. The original 1990 film featured an all-star cast including Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and William Baldwin as a group of medical students who intentionally stop their own hearts to have a near-death experiences. And since it was a horror movie, naturally they brought back to the supernatural personifications of their own sins with them.
The remake of FLATLINERS is coming courtesy of filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO) and will star Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Kiersey Clemens and James Norton. And as we learned earlier this week from Deadline, original FLATLINERS star Kiefer Sutherland will be returning for the remake as well, playing a “seasoned doctor.”
The new version of FLATLINERS starts production this month.
Adrián García Bogliano Goes From LATE PHASES To BLACK CIRCLE
Spanish filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano has been making horror movies for years, but he picked up a whole new legion of fans with his critically acclaimed werewolf thriller LATE PHASES in 2014. Audiences have been wondering what Bogliano’s follow-up would be for a while now, and we finally found out earlier this week: a Swedish-language hypnotism thriller called BLACK CIRCLE. (Source: EW)
Yeah, we didn’t see that coming either. BLACK CIRCLE has already concluded its principle photography, and will tell the story of two girls sisters who are hypnotized using a mysterious vinyl record from the 1970s. Genre fans will probably be interested to learn that Christina Lindberg, the star of the iconic 1973 grindhouse revenge thriller THEY CALL HER ONE EYE (a.k.a. THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE), co-stars in BLACK CIRCLE, which marks her first feature film role since 2000, and only her second feature film since the early 1980s.
No word yet on when BLACK CIRCLE is expected to reach theaters, but it can’t come soon enough!
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