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Movie News & Rumors

Around the water cooler

By Oren Kamara     July 20, 2006
Source: Various Sources


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So what does the Hollywood horror world have in store for us? Well, it ranges from the good to the bad and finally to the just plain why. Here's a selection of the recent scoops and rumors buzzing around the water cooler about what scares you can expect in the near future.

28 WEEKS LATER:

The Plot: Six months after the initial disaster/holocaust, Americans inhabiting the now-abandoned Britain try to begin a new life...but that is short lived.

Release Date: May 11th, 2007

Rumors & Details: Executive producer, Danny Boyle, said in a recent interview [SciFi Wire], "It's got a very good idea in it...Britain has been emptied. There's nobody there. It's completely dead. And six months later the Americans arrive to reboot it back up again." Boyle will not return as director but will serve as executive producer on the sequel. Also missing will be the original cast. Fox Searchlight is developing.

My Thoughts: I liked the first one and hope to see the second pick up on where the originality of 28 DAYS LATER left off. This one could easily become a "been there done that" if not executed right.

SAW 3:

The Plot: Jigsaw has disappeared with his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith). The puppet-master has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) is unaware that she is about to become the latest pawn on his vicious chessboard.

Release Date: October 27th, 2006

Rumors & Details: Saw 2 director Darren Lynn Bousman returns to direct the third installment. Saw 3 is rumored to be the final installment of this series, due to the death of one of the original producers, Gregg Hoffman. Produced by Lion Gate Films & Twisted Pictures.

My Thoughts: While a personal fan of this series, this one could easily be plagued by repetition and stale ideas. Fingers crossed that if it truly is the last one in the series they do it up right and go out with a bang.

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEW BEGINNING:

The Plot: On one last road trip before they're sent to serve in Vietnam, two friends (Handley and Bomer) and their girlfriends (Baird and Brewster) get into an accident that calls their local sheriff (Ermey) to the scene. Thus begins a terrifying experience in which the teens are taken to a secluded house of horrors where a young, would-be killer is being nurtured.

Release Date: October 4th, 2006 (still pending)

Rumors & Details: You can view the new trailer on the official website although only from 10pm to 4am (tech note: re-set your computer's internal clock and you can view this anytime). Actor Andrew Bryniarski will reprise his role as Leatherface. In a recent interview [Fangoria] he had this to say, "This will be the definitive Chainsaw movie. It answers all the whys...Leatherface is like a beaten dog-he was ostracized and ridiculed, and treated harshly by his peers. The psychological damage they inflicted was immense...you see the chronicle of events that are the impetus for what happens, he becomes strangely sympathetic." The film takes place three years before the remake.

My Thoughts: The Texas remake was one of the only remakes I actually enjoyed and thought was decently executed. Although I am adamantly against the remake craze, I have a sneaking suspicion this one might follow its Texas predecessors and be good and grisly.

FRIDAY THE 13TH:

The Plot: A rumored remake / re-imagining of the series focusing on the origins of Jason but taken in an entirely new direction.

Release Date: Originally slated for October 13th, 2006, the reality is looking more like sometime around 2008. However, they are trying to stick to the Friday the 13th release day.

Rumors & Details: Produced by Platinum Dune of the Texas Chainsaw remake fame, details are still sketchy on this one. Rumor has it that Jason will don the old hockey mask and may possibly hang around Camp Crystal Lake. Producer Brad Fuller notes that this version will blaze a different trail than the rest of the F13 series. Jonathan Liebesman is set to direct although no confirmed script has been settled on.

My Thoughts: Why, why, why? The hockey mask wearing freak holds a special place in my hearthe's on of my childhood favorites. All the more reason for me to ask, "why the remake?" Couldn't a solid new script and direction also resurrect the series? While it is in the hands of the team who pounced all over the Texas remake, I for one am still not happy about this news.

WRONG TURN 2:

The Plot: Dale Murphy hosts and produces his own reality T.V show called "The Ultimate Survivalist." Six contestants are thrown together for six days in a simulated post-apocalyptic wasteland. Located in a remote part of West Virginia, the contestants discover that they really are fighting for their survival--against a family of hideously deformed inbred cannibals (headed by Ma & Pa) who plan to ruthlessly butcher them all.

Release Date: Unknown 2007

Rumors & Details: The once promising remake is now looking to be more of a low budget straight-to-video release. Henry Rollins will have a roll in the film. Neither Stan Winston or any of the original cast will return for this one.

My Thoughts: Uh...ok. I thought the first was just alright, not sure why they really need a sequel.

THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2:

The Plot: A group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert.

Release Date: March 2, 2007

Rumors & Details: Fox Searchlight is hinting that they want the film released a year after the first remake. Wes Craven and his son Jonathan are writing the script. As with the Texas remake-sequel, this one will have nothing to do with the original sequel of the same name. Martin Weisz is attached to direct after Alexandre Aja (director of the last remake) declined.

My Thoughts: I think as with so many of these nagging remakes this one could have just been its own film with its own title. Why tarnish and lean on the strength of the originals to promote your own new version which has nothing to do with the parent films? I'll wait for DVD before seeing this one.

RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION:

The Plot: Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice (Jovovich) joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.

Release Date: Unknown 2007

Rumors & Details: In a recent interview [IGN], writer Paul S. Anderson said, "Extinction is set several years in the future...the Umbrella Corp. has failed to control the outbreak of the T-Virus and the world has literally been wiped out...a handful of human survivors are traveling around...in these heavily armored trucks and customized rolling fortresses-it's very Road Warrior..." Ashanti and Ali Lartner have both been added to the cast and Mike Epps will reprise his role. Rumors are flying that the end of this one will set up the fourth and final installment but nothing has been confirmed.

My Thoughts: As roller coaster-popcorn horror flicks, I've found the entire series to be enjoyable for the thrills alone. Jovovich has proven she can hold the lead role and I'm curious to see where they take the story from here. Should be a fine installment to the growing series.

HOSTEL 2:

The Plot: Three young American women studying abroad for the summer learn the grim truth behind a Slovakian hostel and its international counterparts.

Release Date: January 5, 2007

Rumors & Details: The film will pick up exactly where the last one left off. Jay Hernandez will make an appearance because his character will interact with the three lead female roles. Writer / Director Eli Roth said this one will be darker than the first. In a recent interview [Production Weekly] Roth said, "The first 'Hostel' is a journey into hell that starts off fun. Part 2 is going to start off scary and stay creepy all the way through. I want it to feel like the movie is going to pick up on the next cut, as if you could watch the two movies back-to-back and it would be a three-hour movie..." Rumor also has it that the film will reveal that a worldwide network of these torture spots exists, backed by a mysterious organization.

My Thoughts: Similar to Saw 3, I am eager to see this one but also skeptical that it may fall into old habits. If Roth is able to keep it fresh and separate from the first, it will hold up. If not, it may be another hour and a half of the same old rock 'em sock 'em pay-per-kill bandits.

DAY OF THE DEAD:

The Plot: When the world is overrun by the flesh-hungry dead, a small group of survivors head to an underground military bunk in a last ditch effort to stay alive.

Release Date: Unknown 2007

Rumors & Details: This one will not be a follow up to the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake but rather its own movie. Ving Rhames is rumored to be playing "Bub," a lovable zombie from the original, but that doesn't hold much water at this stage. Steve Miner is attached to direct and Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination) is scripting. Creator George Romero apparently has nothing to do with this one.

My Thoughts: At first glance, I'd write this one off as another remake and no big whoop, but Steve "Friday the 13th" Miner attached to direct makes me think otherwise. I'm a big Miner fan so I'm giving this one a chance out the gate. It reeks of stale remake but then I don't imagine zombies would smell very good anyway.

HALLOWEEN:

The Plot: Nothing yet other than the blurb by director & writer Rob Zombie that this will be a re-imagining of the series in a whole new direction.

Release Date: October 2007

Rumors & Details: Zombie says he will keep the original mask and begin in 1978, touching a bit on Michael Myers' childhood. In a recent interview [Halloweenmovies.com], Zombie stated, "I am basically making a prequel and a semi-remake of the first film all in one. So really, in theory, there will be more original content than remake content." Zombie went on to say that he will not play a role in the music aspect other than supervising, keeping Carpenter's original theme a staple. Zombie is known for his gore and violence (see his "CORPSES" Series) and has voiced that he will focus more on mood and characters in this project. The film is said to be simply titled "Halloween."

My Thoughts: With all the go-go remake action gripping Hollywood, it's kind of hard to get excited about any of these. However, I'm backing Zombie on this one all the way to the bank. I consider Halloween to be on the top five greatest horror films of all time. I feel it is truly untouchable. But, if it has to be done, or re-done, I'd rather it be in the hands of a creative nutcase like Rob Zombie-who may just pull this body out of his hat.

And finally, all that is fit to be whispered about...

Remake Leaks:
BATTLE ROYAL
A TALE OF TWO SISTERS
BLACK CHRISTMAS
THE BLOB
THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
EVIL DEAD
LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
NEAR DARK
PROM NIGHT
ONE MISSED CALL
THE STEPFATHER
THE WOLFMAN

Sequel Leaks:
UNDERWORLD 3
STIR OF ECHOES: THE DEAD SPEAK
BOOGEYMAN 2
CANDYMAN 4
CREEPSHOW 3
EVIL DEAD 4
THE GRUDGE 2
LAND OF THE DEAD 2
SCREAM 4
RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP
YOUNG HANNIBAL
DOG SOLDIERS: FRESH MEAT

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