Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Katie Holmes (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) will join Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver, starring Jess Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Brenton Thwaites.
- Rosario Dawson (Trance) is in talks to join Aaron Eckhart in Brad Peyton’s micro-budget horror picture, Incarnate, from Blumhouse Productions.
- Saxon Sharbino (I Spit on Your Grave) has joined Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist film, starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt. [Update: Jane Adams (Hung) has also joined the film.]
- Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome) has landed a lead role in Sean Parker’s thriller, Home Invasion.
Hit the jump for more on each announcement.
A little bit of Mad Men-related casting for you today:
Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements.
Rosemarie DeWitt navigates her way through a soul-searching identity crisis in Lynn Shelton’s new indie dramedy, Touchy Feely, about people uncomfortable in their own skin. DeWitt plays Abby, a popular massage therapist and free spirit who suddenly develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact. The unexpected crisis, which coincides with her brother’s (Josh Pais) equally abrupt transformation, not only makes Abby’s occupation impossible, but severely hinders her passionate love life with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy). Now available on iTunes/On Demand, and in theaters September 6th, the film features an impressive ensemble cast that also includes Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, and Tomo Nakayama.
During our recent interview, DeWitt talked about reuniting with Shelton on a more traditionally scripted film compared to their earlier collaboration on the largely improvised Your Sister’s Sister, building the awkward brother/sister dynamic with Pais, finding it scary playing her character without the usual anchors, and experiencing the beneficial effects of Reiki while acting opposite the talented Janney. She also discussed the impact of Rachel Getting Married on her career, Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, and her upcoming films Kill the Messenger, a fact-based drama with Jeremy Renner, and the Poltergeist remake with Sam Rockwell. Check out the interview after the jump.
Just about two weeks ago, we reported that Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) was in talks to lead MGM and Fox 2000′s Poltergeist reboot. Now, it looks like Sam Rockwell (Moon) is in early talks to star opposite DeWitt. Officially described as “a revisionist take” on Tobe Hooper’s 1982 original film, it centers on the Bowens, “a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter Madison and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.” Produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) and directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), the Poltergeist reboot was scripted by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful) and is likely due out sometime next year. Hit the jump for more.
The Poltergeist remake may have found its leading lady. Deadline reports that Mad Men and Promised Land actress Rosemarie DeWitt “is the choice” to lead the supernatural redo. Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful), and Sam Raimi is onboard to produce the film, which is based on Tobe Hooper’s classic 1982 horror film. The remake is officially described as “a revisionist take” on Hooper’s film, that centers on “a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.”
Hit the jump for more, including yet another casting addition for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
Last month, we reported that shooting on Gil Kenan‘s remake of Poltergeist was set to begin in Toronto this September. Today, MGM and Fox 2000 have sent out a press release announcing that they’ll co-finance the picture, and it will indeed shoot this fall. Per the press release, “In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.” David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful) wrote the script.
Hit the jump for the press release. With a fall start date, Poltergeist will probably arrive in theaters sometime in 2014.
With regard to the sequels to and remakes of your favorite properties from 1982-1993:
- Dan Aykroyd continues to promise Ghostbusters 3, revealing that the sequel plot centers on troubling research by Columbia University particle physicists.
- Director Gil Kenan (City of Ember) has begun to cast his remake of Poltergeist for a September shoot in Toronto. Plot details have surfaced.
- Sam Neill says it is unlikely he will be a part of Jurassic Park 4, in part because he believes it is a reboot.
More on each project after the jump.
With news that Gil Kenan (Monster House) will be directing MGM’s reboot of Poltergeist, you can finally put to rest the rumors of Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) sitting in the captain’s chair. Raimi will still be behind the scenes as a producer on the remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 classic horror film. Written by committee, the most recent adaptation has seen work by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful), Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Juliet Snowden (The Possession), Stiles White (Boogeyman) and Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). That’s quite the mix of horror writers in there, with Lindsay-Abaire holding it down for the familial aspect of the story that centers on a suburban home possessed by spirits. Hit the jump for more.
For awhile now, Mondo’s been keen to get into the vinyl game. Over the past year, they released soundtracks for The Beyond and The Deadly Spawn, and last March they announced that a vinyl version of the glorious Drive soundtrack (overseen by Cliff Martinez) was in the cards (we expect that one any minute now). Well, the time’s come for their latest vinyl release, this time a soundtrack for the classic 80’s haunted-house flick Poltergeist. Featuring new artwork from the Australian super-duo known as We Buy Your Kids, you’ll be free to pick up your very own copy tomorrow afternoon. See pictures and learn more after the jump, folks.
With Rise of the Guardians opening this week, I recently got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done. Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes. In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story. If you’re not familiar with the story, it revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law). Here’s my video blog review and all our previous coverage.
To help promote the film, last week I got on the phone with Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire. We talked about how the film didn’t tell a typical origin story, the tone, whether there were any dramatic changes along the way, and more. In addition, with Lindsay-Abaire writing the Poltergeist remake, he talked about the status of the script, whether he wrote it for a PG-13 or an R rating, and when it might shoot. Finally, since he’s also working on Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful and adapting The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman and Good People, he gave me updates on both projects. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Earlier today, Steve spoke with Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire about the upcoming film (you can click here for Steve’s thoughts on the movie). Lindsay-Abaire is also writing the upcoming remake of Tobe Hooper‘s 1982 classic horror film, Poltergeist, which is being produced by Sam Raimi. During the interview, Lindsay-Abaire spoke about his progress developing the script, the tone he’s going for, capturing the emotion of the original, and the film’s priority for the studio.
Hit the jump for a transcript of what Lindsay-Abaire had to say.
When it was first announced that director Sam Raimi’s horror classic Evil Dead would be getting the remake treatment, fans were understandably a little apprehensive. The redo was approached the right way (if there is one), however, as Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Talpert remained integral to the production as producers. The first incredibly bloody footage from the Fede Alvarez-helmed remake was unveiled last weekend at New York Comic-Con to an overwhelmingly positive response (read Matt’s recap right here), so it looks as though the update might actually be getting some very rare fan-approval.
Raimi is also involved in another curious remake, an update of Poltergeist, but after some initial confusion over his duties on that film it was confirmed in April that he would only be producing. Now an interesting report has surfaced online that suggests Raimi could actually be directing Poltergeist after all. Hit the jump for the details. [Update: THR has amended their original story to say that Raimi will not be directing the remake, he's still just producing.]
Based on a true story, the horror thriller The Possession shows what happens to one family who must save their youngest daughter from a malevolent force, known as a Dibbuk, that wants to devour her body. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) notice their youngest daughter Em’s (Natasha Calis) erratic behavior, as she becomes increasingly obsessed with an antique wooden box purchased at a yard sale, but initially chalk it up to their difficult divorce. Once they realize what is really going on, they enlist the help of a Hasidic rabbi (Matisyahu) to cast out the evil infecting their daughter’s human soul.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, producer Sam Raimi talked about what drew him to the creepy story, why he wanted to collaborate with director Ole Bornedal, and why he thinks possession is something that’s always been so scary to people. He also said that, having seen almost all of the dailies for The Evil Dead, the film is so bloody it will make your head spin, that it will definitely be R-rated, that there were a lot of ways to improve on the original film, and how exciting it is to see what director Fede Alvarez brought to it. In regard to the Poltergeist remake, he said that David Lindsay-Abaire is currently working on the screenplay, and that he hopes to have a draft by around the first of October. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Earlier today, Collider got the opportunity to chat with horror master Sam Raimi on the phone, to discuss the creepy thriller The Possession, which he is producing. Based on a true story, the film (starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick) shows what happens to one family who must save their youngest daughter from a malevolent force, known as a Dibbuk, that wants to devour her body.
While we will run the full interview closer to the film’s August 31st theatrical release, we did want to share what Sam Raimi had to say about the upcoming remakes of The Evil Dead and Poltergeist. Having seen almost all of the dailies for The Evil Dead, he said the film is really bloody and really goes for it, that it will definitely be R and could maybe be worse, that there were a lot of ways to improve on the original film, and how exciting it is to see what director Fede Alvarez brought to it. He also said that David Lindsay-Abaire is currently working on the screenplay for Poltergeist, and that he hopes to have a draft by around the first of October. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
We’ve got a couple of horror related stories to share with you this afternoon. Roger Birnbaum, CEO of MGM, recently gave talks at the University of Denver and he dropped some nuggets of info about a few remakes in the MGM pipeline. Furthest along is the redo of Carrie. Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) is set to direct and Chloe Moretz is officially onboard in the lead role, first played by Sissy Spacek in the 1976 adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Moreover, Julianne Moore is reportedly in talks to take on the crazy mother role. During the talk at the University of Denver, Birnbaum revealed that some of the film may be done in the found footage style. Hit the jump for more. [Update: Moore has recently been offered the role for Carrie. Sam Raimi will reportedly produce Poltergeist, but won't direct. More after the jump.]