Fans of Ridley Scott’s original Alien film and James Cameron’s Aliens eagerly awaited the release of the third film in the series in 1992, helmed by first time director Davis Fincher. Although Fincher would later be forgiven many times over (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac) most of those fans walked out of the theater on May 22 of that year disappointed and confused.
What fans did not know at the time that Alien 3 was released was that a script by sci-fi legend William Gibson (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive) had been scraped at the eleventh hour, resulting in a rushed production that took the film in a very different direction.
Unfortunately, fans will never get to see what a William Gibson penned cinematic sequel to Aliens, but thanks to Dark Horse Comics, we will get to see a sequential art version of the story with the assistance of writer and artist Johnnie Christmas starting this November.
According to the official press release, the story opens up directly after “…the deadly events of Aliens, the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepts the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. But unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger whose discovery will unleash a race between two governments to weaponize the xenomorph in this horrifying and poignant Cold War-themed thriller.”
The five issue series will go on sale on November 7, 2018 so be sure to reserve a copy today and come back to HNN in November for an official review.
In the meantime, check out the opening page of issue one below.
According to IndieWire, the acclaimed director of Coffee and Cigarettes and The Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch, has just begun work on a zombie film entitled The Dead Don’t Die. The film will star Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Rosie Perez, Chloë Sevigny, and Austin Butler.
Set photos reportedly show Murray and Driver playing police officers in the new film. Jarmusch and Murray have worked together before in the aforementioned Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers and Driver was the star of Jarmusch’s Paterson.
Jarmusch explored vampires in a unique fashion in Only Lovers Left Alive (starring Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) and The Dead Don’t Die also appears to be a bit atypical. In an interview with Philly.com, Murray shared that the film will be a comedy.
No other information is available at this time, but be sure to check back with Horror News Network for release dates and further story details of this star-studded affair.
Entertainment Weekly has debuted two new photos from the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie. The first photo shows Dr. Emma Russell played by Vera Farmiga and her daughter Madison Russell played by Millie Bobby Brown sporting winter coats in what appears to be some sort of underground facility. An additional photo displays Godzilla firing his atomic breath towards the sky.
Michael Dougherty directs the film which stars the aforementioned Farmiga (The Conjuring, Bates Motel) and Brown (Stranger Things) along with Ken Watanabe, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. In January, Jackson Jr. spoke with Collider confirming that the iconic monsters Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah will appear in the film. He also went on to say that, “In the last scene between Godzilla and King Ghidorah, I promise you, you will never forget it…”
After the 2019 return of the legendary horror favorite, Godzilla is next set to battle King Kong in Godzilla vs Kong coming in 2020.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is scheduled to be released on May 31, 2019. Keep it locked to Horror News Network for more news on Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
America wanted a new RoboCop movie, and Hollywood took just four years to comply. According to Deadline, MGM has announced that Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) will direct the upcoming sci-fi adventure thriller, currently titled RoboCop Returns. This news comes on the heels of a rumored and untitled Alien project, which also preliminarily tapped Blomkamp to direct. It could be a very busy year for the 39-year-old South African native.
The new RoboCop film project will be very similar to the 2018 Halloween reboot in several ways. Though the original RoboCop film (1987) was a moderate hit in theaters (spawning a hardcore following through VHS), the two sequels in 1990 and 1993 were less than stellar. Original star Peter Weller bailed out after RoboCop 2, as production company Orion Pictures continued with another movie and even an ill-fated television series. MGM will hire the original film’s writing duo of Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner as executive producers, as Justin Rhodes (Untitled 2019 Terminator reboot) will re-write the script that Neumeier/Miner created back in the late ’80s. In this way, the new RoboCop movie will be more of a direct sequel to the original film, while ignoring all other sequels and side projects that have been created along the way.
The 1987 original told that tale of a murdered cop in Detroit who is brought back to life in crime-ridden Detroit as a cyborg police officer. AI and human emotions begin to battle it out for control of Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) as war is waged on RoboCop in the streets by both the public and the street gangs. MGM released a reboot of the franchise in 2014 with Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad) in the lead role; however, while the film was a relative success internationally it didn’t produce a huge box office domestically. They are hoping for a much different result this time around.
For Blomkamp, RoboCop Returns represents the latest in a long line of futuristic sci-fi films with a strong underlying theme of social values. 2015’s Chappie is included in this lineage along with hits District 9 and Elysium. The original RoboCop had a profound effect on the director as a kid, something he hopes to bring to new film. “The original definitely had a massive effect on me as a kid,” Blomkamp told Deadline. “I loved it then and it remains a classic in the end of 20th Century sci-fi catalog, with real meaning under the surface. Hopefully that is something we can get closer to in making of a sequel.”
No further details have yet to be announced for RoboCop Returns, but stay tuned to HNN for all of the information on this project as it develops!
In the middle of July, most people aren’t thinking of Halloween. But for some of us, those hot summer nights are merely a reminder that soon the air will turn crisp, the leaves will morph into beautiful autumn colors, and Halloween will be upon us. If that wasn’t enough, Sony just stoked the flames of excitement for the creepiest season of all with a new trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, based on the legendary books of R.L. Stine!
The clip opens with imagery from the first Goosebumps film, an it’s clear that the movie will follow the same concept of horror stories literally coming to life when the screen version of R.L. Stine’s books are unlocked. Speaking of “the screen version of R.L. Stine,” the role was previously played by Jack Black, who doesn’t appear in the clip at all. His participation in the film was never officially confirmed nor denied, so it’s possible he may appear in the movie in a secret cameo role than an official starring role. Evidently, the new film will focus on an entirely new cast of young actors, consisting of Caleel Harris, Madison Iseman, and Jeremy Ray Taylor in the three lead roles.
You can watch the trailer below for yourself:
GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN - Official Trailer (HD) - YouTube
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opens in theaters on October 12th, 2018. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for complete coverage of all things Goosebumps as soon as they break!
Right from Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Twitter page, Netflix’s upcoming original series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has released its first poster, looking to cast a spell on viewers across the world.
Netflix and executive producer Aguirre-Sacasa shared the image on social media in preparation of the forthcoming series based on the popular Archie Comics character. The poster displays a playful occult vibe with Sabrina’s signature hairstyle, red lips and a silhouette of her cat, named Salem Saberhagen in the comic series.
The new storyline re-imagines the origin of Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men) as a dark coming-of-age story with adventures of horror, the occult and witchcraft.
Following the tone of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds the central character struggling to balance her dual nature, being half-witch and half-mortal, while standing against forces of evil that threaten herself, her family and the daylight world that humans live in.
The talent enriched cast also includes Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto as Sabrina’s Aunts Hilda and Zelda respectively, Richard Coyle as Father Blackwood, Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle, Tati Gabrielle as Prudence, Michelle Gomez as teacher Mary Wardell and Chance Perdomo as Ambrose Spellman, Sabrina’s warlock cousin. Bronson Pinchot will guest star as George Hawthorne, Baxter High’s villainous principal.
Aguirre-Sacasa acts as executive producer with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater and director Lee Toland Krieger for Warner Bros. TV.
Us, Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his award winning smash hit Get Out– already sports an incredible cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, and Winston Duke… and today’s announcement makes it even more interesting!
Variety reports that Tim Heidecker has been cast in Us in an unspecified role. Mainstream moviegoers may recognize Heidecker from his appearances in big budget films like Ant-Man and the Wasp and Bridesmaids; but legions of die-hard fans love him for his writing, directing, and acting in cult classics such as Tom Goes to the Mayor, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, and Decker. His works are often known for their dark and disturbing themes and a sense of humor which can only be described as “an acquired taste.” Heidecker and longtime collaborator Eric Wareheim recently ventured into the world of horror with their ongoing series, Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, which explores everything from slapstick hijinks in a haunted house to the terrors of automated exercise equipment in the digitized world. In addition, Heidecker co-hosts a satirical movie review show with Gregg Turkington called On Cinema At the Cinema, which just completed its tenth season. Surely upon its release, Us will deserve the prestigious rating of “5 bags of popcorn” and several additional ceremonial trinkets, which Peele could display with his Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Get Out!
The casting of Heidecker fleshes out a strong ensemble cast which will no doubt carry out Peele’s vision for Us. Lupita Nyong’o has delivered powerhouse performances in films like 12 Years a Slave and Black Panther, where she starred alongside the incredible Winston Duke. Us will mark their second film together. Elisabeth Moss has been making waves with her performance as June Osborne on The Handmaid’s Tale. It will be a treat seeing all of these fine actors performing together in Us.
Universal Pictures will release Us in theaters on March 15th, 2019. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on this exciting project as they break!
The new trailer for Stephen King and J.J. Abram’s Hulu series Castle Rock hit the internets yesterday and wow…so creepy. Creepiness aside, the trailer manages to pull off something that you don’t often get with trailers these days: it gives you nothing. You get some sick imagery, a little bit about an unknown boy being discovered at Shawshank prison, you see that the boy is played by Bill Skarsgård (who may be scarier without the Pennywise make-up) and you get that something big is coming but we don’t know what – and that’s awesome! Too many trailers these days show you their whole hand and leave nothing to the imagination and there’s nothing worse than knowing how something will play out, or seeing all the best scenes before even seeing the film.
Castle Rock drops on Hulu on July 25th so watch the trailer below, read the official synopsis below that and get ready to be scared by the minds of the masterful King and Abrams.
Castle Rock: Official Trailer • A Hulu Original - YouTube
Synopsis: “Castle Rock” is “a psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse” and “is an original story that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.” And that synopsis is no joke, because early marketing has shown off depictions of some of King’s most well-known locales, including both Shawshank State Prison and Juniper Hill Asylum.
Although it is probably hard to believe for those of us who grew up watching Shark Week before it was time to go back to school in the fall, this year will mark the 30th Anniversary of the week long shark extravaganza. 2018’s Shark Week will premiere on Sunday July 22 at 7:00 P.M. and continue through Sunday, July 29, and according to the official press release “…will feature the most hours of shark programming ever on Discovery Channel with over twenty hours of celebrity surprises and jaws-dropping shark stories.”
And if you thought Michael Phelps race against a shark was a big deal last year, wait until you see this year’s celebrity line-up! This year will feature such celebrities as: Shaquille O’Neal, Ronda Rousey, Aaron Rodgers, Rob Gronkowski, Lindsey Vonn, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O’Leary, Daymond John, Guy Fieri and Bear Grylls.
Some programming highlights include: “Shaq Does Shark Week” (which gets the petrified big man into the water with sharks in the Bahamas), “Ronda Rousey Uncaged” (an event that will most likley make Phelps’ race look legit, as the former UFC champion turned WWE star will “…go through three rounds of survival training against heavyweight opponents including deadly Bull Sharks”), “Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy” (hopefully more successful than his recent restaurant business), “Megalodon: Fact vs. Fiction” (a perfect tie-in to the summer’s upcoming The Meg film, which is naturally a big advertiser this year on Shark Week), “Sharkwrecked” (where Paul de Gelder and James Glancy “…spend two days floating with sharks” without the assistance of food, water or sleep), and many specials that feature the obligatory title “Air Jaws”.
Check out the entire schedule below and get your DVR cleaned out before the 22nd!
Netflix has released the first trailer for the upcoming horror series from India, Ghoul. The 90-second trailer introduces us to a soldier being promoted just as a mysterious prisoner arrives at a military facility. Unexplained events start to unfold on the base as it is revealed that the prisoner is hiding a very dark secret.
Blumhouse Productions CEO and founder Jason Blum says, “It has been a great experience working closely with Netflix and our partners at Phantom and Ivanhoe to produce Ghoul. This is Blumhouse’s first foray into the horror genre in India and we’re excited to share this project with horror enthusiasts around the world.”
Ghoul stars Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul. The three-episode series is set to debut on August 24 and will be available at the same time to over 125 million Netflix members in 190 countries, including India. Keep it locked to Horror News Network for more news on Ghoul.