Out with the new, in with the new. This week, horror fans shook their fist at finicky fate, which has delayed or flat out canceled several exciting upcoming horror films, but which also promised us a series of encouraging new films and shows, including a spin-off of a Stephen King franchise, another sequel to a beloved horror franchise and an invitation to a reunion (of sorts).
Find out what the heck I’m talking about with these, the biggest horror news stories of the week. It’s the latest horror news rundown!
FRIDAY THE 13TH and RINGS Have One Thing in Common…
…and sadly, it’s not a good thing.
The thirteenth FRIDAY THE 13TH movie and the latest attempt to jump-start the J-horror franchise THE RING were both delayed this week by Paramount Pictures. The new FRIDAY THE 13TH was pushed back from January 13, 2017 to October 13, 2017 and RINGS was pushed back from October 28, 2016 to February 3, 2017. (Source: Coming Soon & Coming Soon)
The news about FRIDAY THE 13TH is disappointing but hardly a surprise. The film was finally gearing up for production under filmmaker Breck Eisner (THE CRAZIES) but hit a legal snag last month when the original film’s screenwriter filed a lawsuit in which claimed ownership of the franchise. Whether this delay is a result of that suit or whether it’s but the latest in a long series of delays for this sequel/reboot/etc. is unknown.
The delay of RINGS is a bit more surprising, since the film was all set to come out in a month, and was expected to be Paramount’s biggest Halloween release. RINGS was originally scheduled to be released on November 13, 2015 and has been repeatedly pushed back ever since.
Hopefully we’ll get to see these movies someday, right?
THE DARK TOWER Television Series is Official
Stephen King’s ambitious fantasy epic THE DARK TOWER is finally – finally – headed to theaters this February, but that’s not all. Fans of Roland Deschain, the gunslinger played by Idris Elba, also have a supplemental television series on the way.
The idea to adapt THE DARK TOWER as a series of films and a television series simultaneously was an idea that pre-dates the franchise’s current director, Nikolaj Arcel, but it has nevertheless made its way into the filmmaker’s franchise plans. This week we learned that Arcel and his co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen are adapted the fourth DARK TOWER novel, WIZARD AND GLASS, as a 10-13 episode television series that will hopefully premiere in 2018. (Source: EW)
The DARK TOWER series will take place before the events of the movies, and will feature a teenaged Roland Deschain. Plans for a second season are also being considered, although those conversations may be premature. Let’s make sure the movie’s a hit first, and then think about whether they’re going to adapt the DARK TOWER comic books for TV as well.
TREMORS 6 is Still Rumbling!
Fans of the long-running and impressively consistent TREMORS movies, which have been going strong in the straight-to-video market for 20 years, might have been worried that the upcoming television series – which promises to ignore all but the original film – was going to put an end to the adventures of 2nd Amendment enthusiast Burt Gummer’s ongoing war against the graboids.
All those folks can rest easy this week, as Universal Home Entertainment announced the upcoming release of TREMORS 6, which will feature the return of Michael Gross as Burt Gummer and also actor Jamie Kennedy, who appeared in TREMORS 5: BLOODLINES in 2015 as (spoiler alert) Burt Gummer’s son. (Source: Bloody Disgusting)
The TREMORS sequels have mostly focused on the various evolutions and subspecies of the underground leviathans called “graboids” (although the fourth film mixed things up a bit, and was a prequel set in the wild west). Who knows what bizarre metamorphosis these giant beasts will embark on next?
HAUNTED Canceled for Not Being HAUNTED Enough
Lots of movies change over the course of production, but sometimes they change a little too much. Case in point: HAUNTED, an upcoming supernatural thriller from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER), which has been canceled just a few weeks before the start of principle photography – and after $5 million had already been spent – because it was rewritten too much. (Source: Hollywood Reporter)
Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks were behind the project, which was supposedly based on Henry James’ 1898 ghost story THE TURN OF THE SCREW (which had previously been adapted in the classic horror film THE INNOCENTS). The script had been written by Chad and Carey Hayes (THE CONJURING) and Rose Leslie (HONEYMOON) had been set to star, but production has shut down after a major rewrite by Fresnadillo and Scott Z. Burns (CONTAGION) altered the film’s plot, characters, and even the title.
In short, it was no longer the film the studio wanted to make, so the production will no longer move forward. Dreamworks does reportedly intend to keep developing the project based off of the original script by Chad and Carey Hayes, but it appears that any future filmmakers attached to the project will have to start their productions from scratch.
Karyn Kusama Will Direct a New BREED of Horror
Filmmaker Karyn Kusama is experiencing a well-deserved career resurgence after the release of her acclaimed horror drama THE INVITATION earlier this year. The master of horror was already working on an installment of the upcoming horror anthology XX, and now she’s planning to reunite with her INVITATION writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi for BREED, based on the novel by Scott Spencer, which written under the pseudonym Chase Novak. (Source: Coming Soon)
BREED is the story of a wealthy American couple who can’t have children and turn to an Eastern European fertility clinic for help. Years later, the horrifying side effects of the procedure begin to manifest in their children.
It sounds like the sort of psychologically scarring idea that made THE INVITATION so disturbing in the first place, with an added element of Cronenbergian anxiety. We can’t wait to see it!
PHANTASM: RAVAGER Trailer
The latest, and most epic installment of the trippy PHANTASM franchise is almost upon us, and it’s bringing with it this crazy new trailer, in which Reggie Bannister does battle with the late, great Angus Scrimm and giant silver balls wreak havoc on the world.
I’d try to tell you what’s happening here, but what’s the point? It’s PHANTASM, and it’s always been hard to explain.
PHANTASM: RAVAGER hits On Demand and Digital HD on October 4, and arrives in select theaters on October 7, 2016.