Quite the action team-up is taking place for the upcoming film Heatseekers. A couple of years ago, we reported that Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes studio had acquired a spec script called Heatseekers for Paramount Pictures. The story centered on aerial “pirates” and was likened to Fast & Furious and Point Break. Now word comes that that Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter helmer Timur Bekmambetov has come aboard the action project to direct, with Bay maintaining his producer role. Hit the jump for more details.
Almost two years ago, a bevy of board games were targeted for big-screen adaptations. Stretch Armstrong, Monopoly, Candy Land, Clue, etc. have all been in the development line towards big-screen adaptations, but recently (and on the heels of the release of Battleship) movement on the aforementioned projects has slowed. McG was set to direct an adaptation of the supernatural game Ouija, but Universal decided to pass on the project back in August. Hasbro continued to develop Ouija, and after numerous rewrites, the studio has now changed its mind and is now moving forward with a completely retooled version of Ouija for a targeted 2013 release.
Compared to McG’s previous $100 million Ouija, Deadline reports that this new version will be produced by Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum for a budget close to $5 million. Blum has made a name for himself with low budget/high profit films like the Paranormal Activity series and Insidious, and now it appears Universal plans to take that approach with Ouija. Hit the jump for more.
Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to the IDW comic book Zombies vs. Robots for Platinum Dunes (the studio behind the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street remakes). Screenwriter JT Petty (The Burrowers) has used the comic as the basis for a spec script entitled Inherit the Earth. Per Deadline, the story “focuses on a young girl who is the last survivor on earth. She is protected by a group of robots from a pack of zombies that are intelligent and evolved.” Here’s the positive reaction to this story: “Ah! So maybe a little Iron Giant mixed with Zombieland! Sounds wonderful! Here’s the negative reaction: “UUUUUGGGGGHHHH.” This is really one of those projects with the potential to be delightful and imaginative or a quick, thoughtless cash-in on smashing two genre creatures together. Your optimism or pessimism probably hinges on how much you trust the Platinum Dunes gang of Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form, who are producing along with Dave Alpert and Rick Jacobs.
And for those wondering about the title, there’s no relation between Zombies vs. Robots and Jon Favreau’s similar-sounding Cowboys & Aliens.
Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller took to the Twitter machine this weekend to provide updates on Friday the 13th Part II, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, The Monster Squad, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Despite director Marcus Nispel successfully rebooting the Friday the 13th franchise back in 2009, in April 2010 Fuller tweeted that the project was dead. Today, Fuller tweets that screenwriters “[Damian] Shannon and [Mark] swift wrote a great script. We are ready to go, when new line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready.” As for Nightmare 2, Fuller says there isn’t even talk of writing a new script. That’s weird because in May 2010 there was talk of Warner Bros. green-lighting at 3D sequel and Fuller said “Freddy always has a story to tell.” In his tweeting today, Fuller explained that studios aren’t interested in R-rated horror films and want tentpole films instead.
Hit the jump for what Fuller had to say regarding Monster Squad and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Michael Bay is reuniting with his Transformers studio, Paramount Pictures, for yet another movie about aliens. Heat Vision reports that the Bay and the studio are putting together an untitled alien movie that’s being described as a cross between Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity. While it’s difficult to discern any plot details from that, the description hints heavily at a handheld POV narrative device. Bay is producing along with his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Bay’s former Transformers PA Barry Glickert developed the story and will direct.
On a related note, Bay is also producing Paranormal Activity 2 as well as another visitors-from-outer-space movie with D.J. Caruso’s I Am Number Four. Paramount is also going extra-terrestrial with Cowboys & Aliens, which made a fantastic showing at Comic-Con this past weekend. The studio is set to release Bay’s Transformers 3 on July 1, 2011.
Every once in awhile you hear news that in your wildest dreams you would have never predicted. Today is one of those days.
Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes (Brad Fuller and Andrew Form) are going to produce the live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon! Yes, Platinum Dunes. The guys who make hard R horror movies. Their most recent movie is A Nightmare on Elm Street! More after the jump:
The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street woke up to a $32.2 million opening weekend. It’s no surprise that TheWrap is reporting that Warner Bros. has committed to telling the next chapter of Freddy Krueger in 3D. At the junket for the film, producer Brad Fuller said that “Freddy always has a story to tell.” Unsurprisingly, he thinks it can be told in 3D. Telling Dread Central:
We think that 3D movies have to be designed and written as such. If Eric (Heisserer) and Wesley (Strick) came to us with a Nightmare sequel script that is for a 3D movie, we’d be fools not to make it. Using 3D for a Nightmare sequel has to work conceptually for us, though. I don’t want to shoehorn the story just so we can use 3D technology. I do really think this movie and the visual style would work well within a 3D environment, though, so you never know.
I know the answer right now: it will be in 3D. Of course, I thought Friday the 13th Part II was a done deal, and that film is deader than a bunch of teenagers at a remote cabin in the woods.
Paramount has purchased George Mahaffey’s screenplay Heatseekers for Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes (Andrew Form and Brad Fuller) to produce. According to THR, the deal for the original action screenplay was in the mid-six figures. Here’s the synopsis:
In the mold of Fast & Furious and Point Break, Heatseekers follows a young ex-military pilot who infiltrates a gang of aerial “pirates” working out of Bangkok and takes part in an elaborate tower heist using powered gliders and parachutes.
I spoke to Form and Fuller yesterday and they said they didn’t have any projects ready to go, so this one is a long way out. Not sure about this one…but if they get the right director it could be fun.
Samuel Bayer has a long history directing music videos and commercials. While his resume is way too long to list in this intro, some of his famous videos are Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Blind Melon’s No Rain, almost all of Green Day’s American Idiot videos, and tons of others since 1991. It’s really an impressive list.
Anyway, he finally made his first feature and it’s New Line’s/Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. The movie stars Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker and Kellan Lutz.
To help promote the film, I sat down with Bayer earlier today to talk about his experiences directing the movie, what will be on the Blu-ray/DVD, how does he feel about directors cuts, what will he do next, and a lot more. As always, I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch the parts you want. Hit the jump to check it out:
Platinum Dunes Producer Brad Fuller revealed on his Twitter feed [via Bloody-Disgusting] that Friday the 13th: Part 2 is dead. That comes as a shock for several reasons. First, almost every moderately successful movie gets a sequel these days. Secondly, the first Friday the 13th grossed $90 million worldwide off a $20 million budget. Yes, sequels have to be bigger than the original, but no one expects or is asking for an expensive Friday the 13th movie.
Fuller tried to explain on his Twitter that, “its not my call- i would drop everything and make it today if they wanted it,” and the reason is it’s off is “is a long story-.” It’s a long story that I’m sure Fuller will be asked about when he does press for Platinum Dunes’ remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, which opens on April 30th.
Steve spoke with Fuller and co-producer Andrew Form last year on the set of Nightmare on Elm Street. Hit the jump for what Fuller and Form had to say about the Friday the 13th sequel back then.
Warner Bros. has released the full press kit for director Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street remake that stars Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger. While some of the images have already been released, you’ll find a ton of new ones after the jump. Also, if you’d like to know more about the movie, I’ve posted the official production notes that WB sent over.
Finally, the movie is doing its press junket this weekend here in Los Angeles, so expect a ton of clips and news on Nightmare this weekend and early next week. Until then, take a look at the images:
A new poster for A Nightmare on Elm Street has been released. Starring Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Kellan Lutz, Thomas Dekker, and Clancy Brown, the New Line movie gets released April 30, which is why you’ve seen an abundance of Nightmare related coverage all around the net this week. Perhaps you saw my Set Report, or my on set interviews with Jackie Earle Haley and Producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller.
On top of the new poster, a new trailer is getting released Thursday morning at 12:01am pst. Needless to say, we’ll be posting it as soon as it’s online. Hit the jump to check out the new poster:
If you’ve been reading Collider for awhile, you know last June I got to visit the set of director Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street while the production was filming in Chicago. I was invited – along with a few other online journalists – to watch a night of filming and also participate in roundtables interviews with Jackie Earle Haley, and producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. With the film getting released on April 30, Warner Bros. has released us from our embargo, and I can now post my complete set report.
Since I always like to give options, I’m providing two ways to get the info. The first is by reading about it…and the other is by watching a video blog I did with Peter from Slashfilm. Since Peter went on a different day, we have different takes on what it was like to go to set. Hit the jump for more:
When A Nightmare on Elm Street was filming last June in Chicago, I was invited – along with a few other online journalists – to watch filming one night and also interview some of the cast. While I’ve conducted many interviews while working for Collider, I’ll admit the interview with Jackie Earle Haley was definitely memorable. That’s because Haley did the interview while in full Freddy makeup! And on top of that, I was sitting directly to his right, so when he was answering other people’s questions, I was starring right at his head and blown away by the level of detail. Trust me, when you see a close-up of Freddy in the movie, you’re going to think you’re looking at a burn victim.
While the interview was conducted late at night and even though the make-up was difficult on Haley, he couldn’t have been nicer. He talked to us about the challenges of acting under the make-up, does he have empathy for Freddy, working on the finding the voice, was he nervous to sign on for multiple films, going from Watchmen’s Rorschach to this, and so much more. It’s a great interview, and you can either read or listen to it after the jump:
Wanna get a preview of Jackie Earle Haley in action as the new Freddie Krueger in the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street remake without buying the new Final Destination DVD it’s featured on? Well, here’s your chance.
In the clip on the jump, Haley talks about how much fun he had diving into the iconic role, and you can tell he means it. It also features glimpses of the extensive makeup process he underwent to become Freddie, and the technology that went into updating his menacing claw. And, as you’ll see in one already creepy bathtub scene, a truly menacing weapon it should be.
Hit the jump to view the A Nightmare on Elm Street preview, and look for the movie itself April 30.