The official synopses for a couple of upcoming Universal Pictures films have been released. Director Peter Cornwell’s (The Haunting in Connecticut) supernatural thriller Mercy is based on the short story of the same name by Stephen King and stars Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead) and Joel Courtney (Super 8) as two young boys who, after moving with their mother to take care of their dying grandmother at a decrepit farmhouse, encounter a dark spirit. Shirley Knight, Frances O’Connor, Mark Duplass, and Dylan McDermott also star in this Jason Blum-produced (Paranormal Activity) thriller.
Additionally, we’ve got an official synopsis for the action-comedy Ride Along. Directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four), the film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband. The film also stars John Leguizamo, Jay Pharoah, and Laurence Fishbourne and opens on January 17, 2014. Hit the jump to read the full synopses.
Here’s a look at the latest casting news:
- Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead) and Joel Courtney (Super 8) are set to topline the Stephen King adaptation, Mercy, directed by Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) and also starring Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence).
- Angela Bassett (Malcom X) will join writer/director Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, which also stars Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty).
- Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace) has joined director Doug Liman’s All You Need is Kill, starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.
Hit the jump for more details on each casting.
If you thought all of Stephen King’s works had been adapted already (some of them twice), think again. His short story “Gramma,” appearing in King’s 1985 short-story collection “Skeleton Crew,” is set to be adapted into the horror feature, Mercy. The short story centered on a boy left at home to watch over his bed-ridden grandmother, only to come to the realization that Gramma harbored a secret much darker than he could ever have imagined. Universal has teamed up with Blumhouse Productions for the adaptation. Hit the jump to read up on the reason for the title change, as well as the cast and crew who have signed on so far.
There’s been plenty of speculation, but now it’s official: Heroes is cancelled. The Live Feed reports that the ratings simply sunk too low to justify the budget, though fans may hold out hope that NBC is considering a “special or movie” to wrap up loose storylines. Likewise, NBC has no use for the low-rated freshman medical dramas Mercy and Trauma, so neither will get a second season.
On the flip side, NBC officially renewed Chuck for a fourth season(!) and picked up four new series: the superhero-centric The Cape, retitled legal dramas Outlaw (formerly titled Garza) and Harry’s Law (formerly titled Kindreds), and twenty-something singles comedy Friends With Benefits. Check out a press release with all the details after the jump.
The once powerful superhero saga Heroes has fallen on hard times in the past couple seasons, whether the metric is critical praise or viewership. No shock, then, that Vulture reports it is increasingly unlikely that Heroes will get a fifth season. The show was very much a pop-culture sensation in its first season, reaching upwards of 16 million viewers at one point. It now averages less than 5 million. The series still has a shot at another season based on solid DVD sales and a strong international brand, though those factors can only sway the decision rather than make it.
There is hope for fans, though, as NBC is apparently looking into a one-off movie (two to four hours) to resolve the various dangling plotlines. Although, I recall something similar promised upon the network’s cancellation of Las Vegas which never came to fruition. After the jump, details on NBC’s Law & Order: LA offer to Jimmy Smits as well as the network’s Emmy submission selections.
In a few days ShoWest starts up in Las Vegas. If you haven’t heard of ShoWest, it’s a convention for theater owners and operators to see what’s new in their industry and be wined and dined by the Hollywood Studios. Basically, it’s Comic-Con for the people that make big decisions in the movie industry.
But the other reason ShoWest is cool is the studios send tons of movie posters and theater standees to the convention to pimp what they have coming. And while the convention doesn’t begin till Monday, a friend of the site was there tonight and was able to snap a number of photos of what’s already on display. So hit the jump for the posters for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Little Fockers, Get Low, Beastly, Charlie St. Cloud, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, a 75th Anniversary 20th Century Fox poster, Ramona and Beezus, Mercy, The A-Team, The Losers, Toy Story 3 and theater standees for Kick-Ass, Nightmare on Elm Street, Clash of the Titans, and a lot more!