Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie Gets Harry Potter Director Chris Columbus
The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has officially found its director. Blumhouse Productions landed the rights to the project last March after it had spent some time in development at New Line Cinemas. Now, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone director and Gremlins writer Chris Columbus has been hired to helm the adaptation of the incredibly popular video game franchise. Columbus is set to write, produce and direct the movie for Blumhouse and Universal.
At the current time, there’s no release date set for Five Nights at Freddy’s, but Blumhouse has a reputation for getting things done. Odds are, now that this announcement has been made, they’re going to get to work and get this movie made. Creator of the video game Scott Cawthon has a good relationship with Jason Blum, the head of Blumhouse Production, and will be involved with the movie adaptation as a producer. Blumhouse confirmed the news of Chris Columbus’ hiring via a tweet, which features his name on a chair, along with a chair dawning the familiar name Freddy Fazbear. Here’s what Blumhouse had to say in their announcement tweet.
“Mr. Columbus, are you ready for Freddy? #FiveNightsatFreddys”
Chris Columbus has had an incredibly successful career, having directed the first two installments of the Harry Potter franchise, in addition to other big hits like Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone. As far as movies that might speak to a project like Five Nights at Freddy’s go, he wrote the first Gremlins and also wrote The Goonies, which both could tonally factor into something like this. In recent years, he’s had luck as a producer, working on movies like The Help. However, his directorial efforts like Pixels and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief have left something to be desired. But if Blumhouse can get a guy like M. Night Shyamalan back on track, surely they can help Columbus make a good movie.
Five Nights at Freddy’s was originally released in 2014 and centers on a group of people trapped inside a popular pizza restaurant named Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The restaurant is similar to Chuck-E-Cheese. The people trapped in the restaurant realize that an animatronic animal who is part of the house band comes to life and starts killing at night. The game puts players in the shoes of those locked inside the restaurant, as they try to make it out alive. The first Five Nights at Freddy’s game was released in August of 2014 with a sequel coming just a few months later. A third installment was released in 2015 that took place 30 years after the events of the original.
Video game movies have been tricky for Hollywood, as we’ve yet to really see a great, or even generally good movie based on a video game. This seems like the kind of project that could break the curse, but we’ll have to see how this all shakes out. Currently, there’s no word on casting for Five Nights at Freddy’s, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details on the project are made available. This news was first reported by Deadline.
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) February 12, 2018
Unsane Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s First Horror Movie Is Here
Bleecker Street has released the first trailer, poster and photos for Unsane, the new psychological thriller that director Steven Soderbergh shot entirely in secret, using an iPhone. Claire Foy stars as a young woman named Sawyer Valentini, who is trying to deal with a dangerous stalker. After relocating to a new city, she keeps thinking that her stalker has followed her from Boston, and after seeking out support groups for victims of stalking, she finds a facility that she thinks will be able to help her, although she has essentially signed herself over to this insane asylum.
This trailer comes just a week after the first look photo was released, featuring Claire Foy’s lead character trying to call the authorities, to let them know she’s being held against her will. The nurse informs her that the police get a slew of calls just like that from this facility every week, as she refuses to believe that she has lost her mind. Even within the sanctity of this insane asylum, this disturbed young woman keeps seeing her stalker (Joshua Leonard) throughout this facility. The trailer also offers a first look at Sawyer’s mother, played by Amy Irving, who tries her best to get her daughter out of this facility.
As one would imagine, this insane asylum is filled with a number of colorful characters, some of whom we get to see in this trailer. While we don’t learn much about these characters from this trailer, we get brief glimpses of some of Sawyer’s fellow patients played by Juno Temple, whose almost unrecognizable with her unique braids, Jay Pharoah and Aimee Mullins. The supporting cast also includes Erin Wilhelmi, Colin Woodell, Sarah Stiles and Polly McKee. The film is slated to have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, before arriving in theaters on March 23, where it faces Open Road Films’ Midnight Sun, Universal’s Pacific Rim Uprising and Paramount’s Sherlock Gnomes.
This marks the second film from Steven Soderbergh after the director came out of retirement to make Logan Lucky, his first feature film since 2013’s Side Effects. The filmmaker directs from a script by the writing team of Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer, whose diverse writing credits include Max Keeble’s Big Move, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and The Spy Next Door. Along with directing, Steven Soderbergh also serves as the director of photography, shooting the film himself on an iPhone, with the movie being shot entirely in secret. Since “retiring,” the filmmaker has also directed all 20 episodes of The Knick and the entire six-episode season of HBO’s Mosaic, which debuted earlier this month.
Claire Foy had her breakthrough role in 2008 as Amy Dorrit on the hit mini-series Little Dorrit, and she made her feature film debut in 2011’s Season of the Witch, starring Nicolas Cage, and she has quickly risen through the acting ranks since then. She went on to star in Vampire Academy, Rosewater and TV shows like Crossbones and Wolf Hall, before landing the title role in Netflix’s The Queen. She most recently signed on to star as Lisbeth Salander in Sony’s The Girl In the Spider’s Web. Take a look at the first trailer, poster and photos for Unsane, courtesy of Bleecker Street YouTube.
Deep Blue Sea 2 Trailer Is Here Bringing Shark Horror Back
Deep Blue Sea 2 Trailer Is Here Bringing Shark Horror Back
The first trailer for Deep Blue Sea 2 has finally arrived. The Deep Blue Sea is the true definition of what it means to be a cult classic in the best of ways and there have been talks of a sequel for years. Unfortunately, nothing ever really materialized. Until now that is. Warner Bros. has stepped up and produced the movie, which is heading straight to DVD and Blu-ray and not getting any sort of theatrical release. At least as far as we know. Now, we have the first Deep Blue Sea 2 trailer to deliver the spectacular B-movie shark action you’ve been wanting for nearly two decades.
Deep Blue Sea 2, centers on shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun, who’s invited to consult on a top-secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant, played by Michael Beach. She is shocked, as we see in the trailer, to learn that the company is using the unpredictable and highly aggressive bull sharks as its test subjects. As you’ll recall, the original movie centered on mako sharks. This turns out to be a bad idea and a whole lot of violence ensues. It was also confirmed in December that this will be an R-rated sequel.
Save for the fact that this movie is using bull sharks and not mako sharks, it actually looks, based on the footage, much more like a remake than an actual sequel. There seems to be many similar story beats and the plot, which sees the sharks attack the facility, forcing the humans to have to escape, is almost identical to the original Deep Blue Sea. However, Matt Bierman, creative executive for Warner Bros, did say that Deep Blue Sea 2 is a “true sequel” in an interview from last year.
“We are a true sequel. We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and story line of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build but once the rubber band snaps things go boom really quickly!”
This is far from the first we’ve heard of a sequel to Deep Blue Sea. It was revealed last year that Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus director Jack Perez was hired by Warner Bros. to write a script for a sequel some time ago. His sequel was quite elaborate and would have seen weaponized sharks. It also sounded quite expensive, which is why the studio probably passed. Instead, it looks like we may be getting a low-budget remake disguised as a sequel, which started production in July 2017. And just to think, Deep Blue Sea 2 almost didn’t happen.
Deep Blue Sea was originally released in 1999 and, though not a critical success, it made $164 million at the box office. Though, the $60 million budget prevented it from being a big moneymaker for the studio. Currently, Deep Blue Sea 2 does not have an exact release date. Be sure to check out the Deep Blue Sea 2 trailer, courtesy of the IGN YouTube channel, for yourself below.
Are We Not Cats Trailer Wants to Make You Sick
Are We Not Cats Trailer Wants to Make You Sick
Cleopatra Entertainment has released the first trailer, poster and photo for Are We Not Cats, the film festival favorite that was written and directed by Xander Robin, which stars Michael Patrick Nicholson, Chelsea Lopez, Michael Godere, Charles Gould and Adeline Thery. The film has been honored with 3 festival awards this year, including the Jury Award at Arizona Underground Film Festival, Best Feature Film at Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, and Best Narrative at Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham. But despite all that, be warned, there is some subject matter here that may turn your stomach.
Are We Not Cats tells the story of a young man attempting to restart his life after losing his job, girlfriend, and apartment in a single day. His plans are diverted when he meets a woman who shares his strangest habit, the impulse to pull out and eat their own hair. Xander Robin’s genre defying feature directorial debut flings the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, lovingly balanced by two vulnerable actors, a pulsating soundtrack and gritty, colorful cinematography.
Cleopatra picked up the distribution rights to Are We Not Cats last week, which premieres in select theaters on February 23rd. Are We Not Cats will be also be released on VOD platforms February 27th, followed by a DVD release date of March 13th. The deal was brokered by Cleopatra Founder and CEO Brian Perera, Tim Yasui, VP/GM of Cleopatra Entertainment, and by Strath, Marcy and Daisy Hamilton from TriCoast Worldwide on behalf of the filmmakers. The movie will be going up against Paramount’s Annihilation, Warner Bros.’ Game Night and Orion Pictures’ Every Day on February 23.
While this film may mark Xavier Robin’s feature directing debut, he’s seemingly worked in every facet of the movie industry on a variety of short films and features. This film is based on his own 2013 short film of the same name, which he wrote, directed, edited and produced. He has served as an editor on a number of short films, and the digital series Making a Scene With James Franco, while working as a camera operator, best boy, gaffer, key grip, assistant camera, cinematographer, assistant editor, sound editor, script supervisor and assistant director on a wide variety of short films throughout the years.
While this low-budget indie may not boast any stars or household names, this critically-acclaimed film could very well find an audience through its limited theatrical release and nationwide VOD rollout. It remains to be seen if any more footage will be released between now and the February 23 release date. Until then, take a look at the trailer below, couresy of Cleopatra Films YouTube, along with the new poster and photo.
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