Maybe television really is the future. This week on The Horror News Rundown we’re taking a look at what’s to come with some of the biggest and most talked about horror TV shows, an unexpected change to one of the most talked about sci-fi/horror sequels on the horizon, and taking a gander at the trailer to an exciting new film you’ll be able to see in just a few months.
Read on, if you dare!
ASH VS. EVIL DEAD – Round Three!
The grooviest show on television is going to get even groovier: ASH VS. EVIL DEAD has been picked up for a third season by STARZ, just days after the premiere of the show’s second season. (Source: Deadline)
ASH VS. EVIL DEAD is, of course, the TV spin-off of Sam Raimi’s beloved EVIL DEAD movie franchise, which originally spanned three films 1981-1992, and eventually spawned a popular remake in 2013, directed by Fede Alvarez (DON’T BREATHE). The series follows the continuing adventures of Ashley J. Williams, who fought off an army of Deadites before and has to do it all over again.
The third season of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD is expected to have a 10-episode run that debuts in the fall of 2017, and any speculation that goes beyond that is wildly premature, since we have absolutely no idea where the second season will go. Lots of gore? Probably. Time travel? It’s not like Ash hasn’t done it before…
SCREAM Gets Cut Short in Season 3
While ASH VS. EVIL DEAD has found a voracious audience, MTV’s adaptation of the groundbreaking slasher movies SCREAM was met with a more mixed reaction. The network has yet to give up on the series but they have scaled back on their plans, renewing SCREAM: THE SERIES for only a truncated, six-episode season in 2017. (Source: Deadline)
The news comes just days before the first-ever SCREAM Halloween special, which airs on MTV on October 18, 2016. The two-hour event is expected to set up storylines for the show’s third season, which takes place eight months after the finale of season two, which featured a cliffhanger that left fans questioning many of the events of the series so far.
The third season of SCREAM will also bring with it all-new showrunners, with Michael Gans and Richard Register departing the series, after they had already replaced the original showrunners for the second season.
What will the future of SCREAM hold? Maybe the Halloween special will have some answers, but then again, if the new showrunners have an entirely new vision for the series, maybe it won’t…
MTV Declares a WAR OF THE WORLDS
MTV may be having a bit of a hard time finding an audience and direction for their SCREAM television series, but that’s not stopping them from dipping right back into the pop culture well for an ambitious new series based on H.G. Wells’ iconic sci-fi/horror classic, WAR OF THE WORLDS. (Source: Deadline)
The original alien invasion story, from which most other alien invasion stories have been based in one way or another, was published back in 1898, and spawned multiple feature films and an iconic radio drama from Orson Welles, which was notoriously confused for a real news report when it originally aired in 1938.
MTV’s version of WAR OF THE WORLDS is being written by Andrew Cochran, who also wrote for MTV’s TEEN WOLF series, and will be a contemporary rendition of the classic tale.
Boyd Holbrook is the New Benicio Del Toro in THE PREDATOR
Just a few weeks after Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro was in talks to star in THE PREDATOR, the latest film in the popular sci-fi/horror movie franchise, the actor has dropped out of the production. No explanation was given for why the negotiations halted, but Benicio Del Toro is an actor in great demand, so we can probably chalk it up to scheduling issues.
Instead, 20th Century Fox has decided to replace Benicio Del Toro with NARCOS star Boyd Holbrook, an up-and-coming actor with less clout but an impressive relationship with the studio, having already co-starred in their hit thriller GONE GIRL and their upcoming superhero sequel LOGAN. Hollywood Reporter suggests that the studio will compensate for Holbrook’s lack of star power by “beefing up the supporting cast,” and if that’s true we can expect to see some big names (or at least recognizable faces) attached to THE PREDATOR in the near future.
THE PREDATOR will be directed by Shane Black (THE NICE GUYS), who also co-starred in and co-wrote the original 1987 classic PREDATOR. Black co-wrote the screenplay for THE PREDATOR with THE MONSTER SQUAD director Fred Dekker. The plot is being kept under wraps, but when I interviewed Shane Black about in May, he clarified that the title – “THE” PREDATOR – makes sense in the screenplay.
THE WOLFMAN Has a New, Expendable Writer
Universal Pictures is very hard at work developing their “Universal Monsters” movie series, with multiple feature films currently in development featuring The Invisible Man, Mr. Hyde, The Bride of Frankenstein and, first up, THE MUMMY, which is expected to jumpstart the franchise when it arrives in theaters on June 7, 2017.
This week, the next piece of that puzzle seems to have fallen in place, with the reboot of THE WOLFMAN getting a brand new screenwriter, Dave Callaham, replacing original writer Aaron Guzikowski (PRISONERS) on the project. Callaham is best known for writing THE EXPENDABLES and contributing to the screenplay for DOOM, the 2005 adaptation of the classic sci-fi/horror video game.
Little is known about Universal’s plan to update THE WOLFMAN, although rumor has it that Dwayne Johnson was being considered for the lead role, so it would seem that it’s probably not an intimate character study so much as an action-thriller reboot.
Let’s Dissect THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE’s Red Band Trailer
One of the scariest films of the year is finally coming out on December 21, 2017, and you can see the best preview yet in the video above. THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE stars Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch as father/son morticians whose latest corpse hosts unspeakable secrets. The film earned raves out of the Toronto International Film Festival (where I saw it and loved it) and Beyond Fest (where Rebekah McKendry saw it and loved it), and we think you’re going to like it too!