Horror fans have a lot to celebrate this week, with exciting new movie and television announcements, unexpected adaptations and the always-encouraging premise of monsters getting chainsawed in half. Let’s not waste any time getting to this week’s Horror News Rundown, where you can get all the biggest horror news of the week in one place!
GEARS OF WAR: THE MOVIE Picks Up Steam
Just days before the long-awaited release of the video game GEARS OF WAR 4, Universal Pictures announced in a live-stream that a feature film version is currently in development. The game tells the story of hardened soldiers navigating a path full of chest-high walls as they shoot and chainsaw alien monsters called “The Locust” in order to save the world. (Source: Variety)
A feature film adaptation of GEARS OF WAR has been rumored for many years, with Len Wiseman (UNDERWORLD) attached to direct for several years, in a story that was hinted to be a prequel to the original game. Wiseman has been off the project for some time now, and it sounds like the film’s producers Scott Stuber (BATTLESHIP) and Dylan Clark (OBLIVION) are starting over from scratch.
Rod Fergusson, the studio head of Coalition, said he thinks they have to “let the movies be the movies,” because “They’re two different mediums, and two different audiences in some cases, and I think some video game movies in the past have failed because they tried to make a movie for gamers. If you have this great IP with a deep backstory and lots of lore that you can make interesting stories out of it’s great, but if you just go after the gaming audience then it isn’t going to be a successful movie.”
Of course, gamers have been waiting for many years for a feature film adaptation of a video game that is legitimately great, instead of just “better than the other failed video game movies by comparison.” GEARS OF WAR is a popular game but will it be the film adaptation that stands out and gets the video game movie genre some overdue appreciation? We’ll find out eventually.
GEARS OF WAR 4 arrives on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows on October 11, 2016.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY Scares Up a Seventh Season
In a development that should surprise absolutely nobody, the television station FX has already decided to renew the hit horror series AMERICAN HORROR STORY for a seventh season. (Source: Coming Soon)
The show, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, is a seasonal anthology series, which each set of episodes taking place in a different time and place in American history, highlighting the country’s rich tradition of horror: real and fictional. The new season explores the myth of Roanoke, and became one of the most talked about seasons of the series thanks to an enigmatic early marketing campaign that refused to even reveal what season six was about.
So any theories we might have about the subject of season seven would be pure guess work, but let’s try anyway: The UFO craze of the 1990s? Edgar Allan Poe? Lizzie Borden? Snickers? It could be anything, really. What do you think…?
THE PURGE: The TV Series?
The successful dystopian horror franchise THE PURGE keeps building in popularity, thanks in part to the film’s simple but expansive premise – a national holiday in which all crime is legal, leading many American citizens to indulge in their inner maniac – and the franchise’s expression of deep-seated political anxieties, which came to a head in this year’s THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR. The series is bound to continue, and according to writer/director James DeMonaco, it might just continue on television.
“They came to me about a TV show, my idea is that you do six or seven storylines. And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks,” DeMonaco told CinemaBlend, describing the series as “an interwoven anthology.”
“The idea of why I like the idea of a maybe 10 hour TV thing on this, the one thing you really can’t do on the films is, just because of mere real estate and time, is you can’t get into the nuance and complexity that would drive someone to commit a terrible act on this night. Whether it’s revenge or out of passion, but what might be interesting in a TV show is with a flashback narrative, if you start on Purge Night but you go back to show how people have gotten to where they are. Where you see a couple that’s gone haywire on this night, but let’s show everything that’s led up to this moment of a husband trying to kill a wife — the cheating or the accusations of cheating or money problems,” James DeMonaco continued.
Although THE PURGE: THE SERIES hasn’t been officially announced, and we urge you not to get your hopes up just yet because anything can happen, DeMonaco did say that the series is already being discussed and could be produced reasonably soon. “They’re far ahead on the TV front… pretty far ahead. Not to get into the nuance of how it all goes down, we’re talking about deals right now, money is being spoken about. Things like that. So I think it’s being taken very seriously from the higher-ups who obviously dictate everything.”
NBC Puts Down Payment on THE HOUSE ON ASHLEY AVENUE
Haunted houses on television tend to either be the location of reality shows or the latest stop on the Winchester Brothers’ American tour, but a new series has been optioned at NBC that offers a twist on the classic horror trope. THE EIGHT, based on the short story THE HOUSE ON ASHLEY AVENUE by Ian Rogers, will be a procedural about a secret subsection of a major insurance company that deals exclusively with haunted houses.
The new title, THE EIGHT, refers to a series of eight haunted houses spread throughout America that share a supernatural connection, which the department is forced to find after the death of the insurance company’s founder. THE EIGHT will be written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman, who previously scripted PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION and PROJECT ALMANAC. (Source: Deadline)
Chloe Grace Moretz Signs Up For SUSPIRIA
Few horror movies have the unassailable and vaunted reputation of SUSPIRIA, the iconic and violent and indescribable supernatural thriller from Italian director Dario Argento. The film is the story of a young woman who attends a strange ballet academy and begins to experience unnatural phenomena, some of which makes a little sense and some of which is just plain bizarre by anybody’s standards. It’s one of the most distinctive horror movies in history, and of course, it’s getting a remake.
After years of development under filmmaker David Gordon Green (SNOW ANGELS), the SUSPIRIA remake has recently shifted to director Luca Guadagnino (I AM LOVE), who is moving forward with the project more quickly than many had expected. In addition to casting Tilda Swinton (ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE), Dakota Johnson (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) and Mia Goth (EVEREST), Variety reported this week that Chloe Grace Moretz (CARRIE) has joined the cast as well. (Source: Variety)
Those worried about whether a SUSPIRIA remake is the worst idea ever would do well to read the recent editorial by Blumhouse’s own Rob Galluzzo.
Amazon Makes Room In Its Library For LORE
Podcasts are one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the 21st century. Heck, there’s a decent chance you’re listening to the new Shock Waves as we speak. But the future of a medium sometimes rests in whether it can expand outside of its existing audience. The most financially successful film franchises, for example, have a life outside of theaters. So it’s with great interest that we’re keeping an eye on LORE, a new TV horror anthology series based upon the monstrously successful podcast hosted by Aaron Mahnke. (Source: Coming Soon)
Critically acclaimed, award-winning and boasting millions of followers, LORE is a podcast that explores real-life events and presents them as terrifying tales. The “unscripted” series will “present tales dealing with frightening, psychologically disturbing, and often paranormal true events that have spawned modern-day nightmares,” according to Amazon, which is developing the series along with co-producer Gale Anne Hurd (THE WALKING DEAD), under showrunner Glen Morgan (INTRUDERS).
How, exactly, the show’s format will turn out is one of the mysteries of LORE. We can’t wait to see how it shakes out, and whether more podcasts will get television and movie deals as a result!