The whole entertainment industry shut down for the holidays, but they’re back and so are we with exciting new developments in the world of horror movies and television! This week on The Horror News Rundown we’re highlighting the reboot of a cult classic fantasy series, the latest entry in a beloved horror franchise, the start of what could become the next great horror franchise, and some unusually scary nominees that seem to have snuck into the awards season kerfuffle.
Let’s get started!
CHARMED: The Reboot
It was only a matter of time before they ran out of 1980s and early 1990s nostalgia properties, and moved on to the turn of the century. And so it goes that CHARMED — the cult hit fantasy drama about a trio of witches played by Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Shannen Doherty (who was replaced with Rose McGowan after Season 3), which ran from 1998 to 2006 — is officially getting a reboot.
Unlike the original Aaron Spelling series, in which the “Charmed Ones” used their magical powers to stop evildoers in the present day, the new series of CHARMED will take place in 1976. It’s unknown whether this means the CHARMED reboot will act as a prequel to the original series. What we do know is that the new CW series is being executive produced by Jennie Urman, the creator of the network’s popular series JANE THE VIRGIN. She will be joined on the show with fellow JANE THE VIRGIN writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, and by director Brad Silberling (LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS).
With a new version of CHARMED hitting the airwaves, you’d better believe it heralds the return of other turn of the century genre shows somewhere down the line. We expect to see hip new renditions of ROSWELL, SPECIAL UNIT 2 and FREAKYLINKS any day now.
Who Wants to Join the CULT OF CHUCKY…?
It’s been one of the worst kept secrets in the horror industry, but now at last it’s official. Everyone’s favorite killer doll is coming back in the seventh installment of the CHILD’S PLAY series, set to be released this fall, called CULT OF CHUCKY.
CULT OF CHUCKY picks up where CURSE OF CHUCKY left off, with Nica (Fiona Dourif) blamed for the murders committed by the killer doll, and confined to a mental institution. The situation goes from bad to worse when her psychiatrist introduces a familiar-looking “Good Guy Doll” to their sessions. Meanwhile, original CHILD’S PLAY protagonist Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) races to save Nica, but he’ll have to get through Chucky’s bride, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly).
Don Mancini, who has written every installment of the CHILD’S PLAY series and directed the previous two installments, SEED OF CHUCKY and CURSE OF CHUCKY, is back for the seventh entry. CULT OF CHUCKY begins principle photography on January 9, and is expected receive a home video release on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD in time for Halloween.
THE PREDATOR vs. MOONLIGHT
Hot on the heels of his star-making turn in the acclaimed, award-winning drama MOONLIGHT, Trevante Rhodes is joining the cast of Shane Black’s upcoming sci-fi/horror sequel THE PREDATOR. Rhodes will play the best friend of the protagonist, played by Boyd Holbrook (NARCOS), and will also co-star alongside Olivia Munn (X-MEN APOCALYPSE).
The news came out of Hollywood Reporter, which took the occasion to double down on its assertion that THE PREDATOR would take place in the suburbs. Director and co-writer Shane Black has disputed this claim, telling Collider that audiences won’t see “Predator lurking in rich, fancy swimming pools.”
THE PREDATOR is expected to arrive in theaters on February 9, 2018.
The SLENDER MAN Grabs Himself a Director
He’s one of the most infamous monsters of our time, and aside from the upcoming documentary BEWARE THE SLENDER MAN, he hasn’t had his own movie… until now. Screen Gems is producing a proper SLENDER MAN horror movie, and this week they announced they have finally found their director: Sylvain White.
Sylvain White may not have the most auspicious horror career – his only previous scary movie credit is the oft-forgotten threequel I’LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER – but he has found significantly more success with his follow-ups, the drama STOMP THE YARD and the comic book adaptation THE LOSERS. With SLENDER MAN he will be working from a screenplay by David Birke, whose recent feature ELLE was directed by Paul Verhoeven and has been earning multiple awards for its lead actor, Isabelle Huppert.
Slender Man is, of course, a tall, thin man in a suit who has no face, tentacles for arms, who is responsible for a series of missing children throughout history. I also maintain that he might be the latest evolution of Freddy Krueger, but hey, that could just be me.
STRANGER THINGS and Stephen King’s 11.22.63 Earn Writers Guild Nominations
We’ve talked briefly about awards season twice already this week, with horror announcements related to the acclaimed dramas MOONLIGHT and ELLE, but horror fans are used to being disappointed at this time of year, as their favorite scary movies tend to be left out of the conversation altogether.
Which is why it’s heartening to learn that the Writers Guild of America, at least, hasn’t turned its back on us. The WGA Awards nominations were announced this week and the hit Netflix series STRANGER THINGS – a hybrid of 1980s nostalgia inspired by the works of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg – is up for Best Drama Series and Best New Series. STRANGER THINGS will be competing against THE AMERICANS, BETTER CALL SAUL, GAME OF THRONES and WESTWORLD in the Best Drama Category, and ATLANTA, BETTER THINGS, THIS IS US and WESTWORLD in the Best New Series category.
Meanwhile, Stephen King himself has a film up for contention at the WGAs. The Hulu adaptation of his time traveling drama 11.22.63 has been nominated in the Best Long Form Adapted category, and will contend with THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON, MADOFF, THE NIGHT OF and ROOTS for the top honor.
The WGA Awards will be announced on February 19, 2016. Good luck, scary shows!