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Director Chris Le Talks Juarez 2045

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Juarez 2045

Danny Trejo, drug cartels and killer robots. Juarez 2045 has it all. Read on for our interview with director Chris Le.

Dread Central: How did such an awesome idea come about? Were you always a fan of robots?

Chris Le: As a kid, I always wanted to be a roboticist. I actually studied electronic engineering as a hobby, sitting at home soldering electronic components together to build mini robots. Later on in my college years, I was always fascinated with the way the drug trade functioned. One documentary talked about how the cartels kidnapped scientists to create submarines that traffic cocaine or their very own private cellular network. So I thought to myself, with the continuing drug war, would it be possible for cartels to buy robotic technology off the black market.

DC: What was it like working with Danny Trejo?

CL: Danny Trejo was awesome to work with. This would be the second time I worked with him, Zombie Hunter being the first. He’s a very humble person, works hard and the nicest guy you could ever meet.

DC: Can you talk about the rest of the cast?

CL: Brad Schmidt plays Carson Wright, a re-enlisted marine member who was part of an experimental program gone wrong. A chip was implanted in his brain to help him control robots with his mind in warfare. He joins a M.A.R.S.O.C. unit that includes 5 other marines played by Alex Heartman, Jay Whittaker, Blake Webb, Tim Salisbury and Nathan Day. They were all great to work with. They naturally had a bond with each other during set which made the MARSOC group feel real, like a brotherhood. Oscar Olivares played Gabriel Malvado, Danny Trejo’s son who is in line to take over the cartel executed great acting in the film and Flo Donelli plays Oscar’s love interest.

DC: Can you tell us about the robots? They look pretty awesome.

CL: The robots were American military robots created by US company Gearside INTL. that were decommissioned due to the ban of robotic weaponry in warfare. Gearside becomes bankrupt, making the crooked C.E.O. sell off their technology on the black-market to the highest bidder, the cartel.

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DC: How did you go about creating the look and feel of the robots?

CL: The robots were inspired by photos I found online of Cartel weapons. They would take AK47s and decorate them in gold Santa Muerte floral artwork, which gave me the idea that the cartels would do the same to the robots. Since these were robots in Mexico, I wanted the latin feel to them. Something different that would make my robots stand out.

DC: Can we expect lots of action with soldiers fighting robots?

CL: Yes, lots of action. They are hard to take down, so the soldiers have to figure out clever ways of killing them.

DC: Is the future of 2045 depicted in the film really how you see the world heading?

CL: Yes, with all the advances in military robotics and exo suits, it only feels possible that the drug war would escalate using advanced military weaponry.

Juarez 2045 will be released later this year.

Danny Trejo, Brad Schmidt, Alex Heartman, and Adam Scorgie star. Check the project out on Kickstarter.

Synopsis:
Juarez 2045 is an action science fiction film directed by Chris Le, written by Chris Le & Ramone Garibay. It follows a re-enlisted marine member, Carson Wright (Brad Schmidt) as he is sent to Juarez, Mexico to join with a M.A.R.S.O.C. unit to combat the ruthless Malvado drug cartel lead by Angel Malvado (Danny Trejo). The Malvado controls the city by using illegal humanoid robot weaponry.

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POLL: Who Should Direct Wan and King’s TOMMYKNOCKERS?

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It was just last month that we learned James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) is going to be producing a new big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers.

While I’m sad that it seems Wan will not be directing the film, I think it’s a great time to bring up the question: Well, then who the hell SHOULD?

You can find my top 3 choices below and then make sure to let us know who you think should direct James Wan’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

ABC mini-series’ executive producer Larry Sanitsky: “It is an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck. All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written. It is also a tale about the eternal power of love and the grace of redemption.”

Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers will be produced by James Wan (The Conjuring), Roy Lee (Stephen King’s IT) and the ABC mini-series’ executive producer Larry Sanitsky.

Synopsis:

A town in Maine that falls under the influence of a dangerous gas from an unearthed spacecraft. The gas begins to transform the people, giving them enhanced abilities, but also making them violent and subject to an alien hive mentality. One man, thanks to a steel plate in his head, is immune to the effects and tries to stop the townspeople.

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Guess Who Just Snagged Wan and King’s New TOMMYKNOCKERS

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Earlier this month we passed along the exciting news that that none other than James Wan plans to bring Stephen King’s novel The Tommyknockers back to the screen.

Wan will be producing (but not at this time, directing) the film along with Roy Lee (IT) and the original ABC mini-series’ executive producer Larry Sanitsky.

And today Deadline reports Universal won the bidding war over the new adaptation, barely beating out fellow heavyweights Sony and Netflix. And thus Universal, home of the classic movie monsters, will be bringing us Wan and King’s first (and hopefully not last) collaboration.

Are you excited by this news? Do you think Universal is the right fit for this new film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Synopsis:

A town in Maine that falls under the influence of a dangerous gas from an unearthed spacecraft. The gas begins to transform the people, giving them enhanced abilities, but also making them violent and subject to an alien hive mentality. One man, thanks to a steel plate in his head, is immune to the effects and tries to stop the townspeople.

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PUPPET MASTER Reboot Gets Theatrical Release Date!

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Puppet Master: Littlest Reich

The upcoming reboot of Full Moon’s classic Puppet Master just premiered at the Overlook Film Festival and is said to “maintain all of the brutally inventive puppet-kills infused with the comedic tendencies that made the original franchise so popular with fans while expanding upon Toulon’s backstory and developing richer dialogue, characters, and narratives.”

I’m looking forward to the film and if you’re like me then you’ll be excited to hear Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich looks like it will be heading it’s tiny way into theaters this summer via RLJE Films! More specifically the film will be hitting in August of this year.

“We are incredibly excited to be able to bring the first film under the new Fangoria brand to audiences this summer,” RLJE Films’ Chief Acquisitions Officer Mark Ward said in a statement. “With an amazing script from S. Craig Zahler and performances from horror legends Barbara Crampton and Udo Kier, we know Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich will thrill fans of the original films and new audiences alike.

Are you excited to check out Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich in theaters this August? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The reimagining is directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund from a script written by S. Craig Zahler and stars Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Michael Pare, Udo Kier, and Barbara Crampton. The film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian.

RLJE Films plans to release the movie in theaters in August 2018.

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In Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, recently divorced and reeling, Edgar (Lennon) returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. Girl-next-door Ashley (Pellicer) and his comic book shop boss, Markowitz (Franklin), join Edgar for the doomed road trip. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.

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