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#SDCC15: More about The Walking Dead Season 6 from the Cast and Crew



As soon as our press ops were over for “The Walking Dead” at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, we filed a preliminary report to let you know about the main thing we horror fans watch the show for: the zombies!  And this year’s 90-minute Season 6 premiere promises to give us more at one time than ever in the show’s history.

We also shared what exec producer/director/special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero told us about the look of the Walkers in S6 and broke the news that two new guest stars we can look forward to are Ethan Embry (Late Phases, Cheap Thrills) and Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”).

But there was a whole lot more we gleaned during our time with co-stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, and Sonequa Martin-Green along with executive producer/howrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer David Alpert, and the aforementioned Nicotero.


Cudlitz said in Season 6 our survivors make the “adjustment from being on the road to a safe environment.” Martin-Green echoed that, saying they’ve “gone from fighting to survive together… now they each have their own identities to create… their own separate space.” It’s a time of “reinvention and acclimation.” Sasha experiences a “period of healing and restoration.” Considering “how low [she] went,” how can she move forward and begin “going back to life”?

Alpert adds that “before, privacy meant death; now you can step back and reflect.”

We wondered what the opening moments of Episode 6.01 might be like, and Michael said we’re “at a moment of conflict.”

Then we shifted to the tiresome question of “Richonne” (yes, they have shippers), and thankfully showrunner Gimple doesn’t seem particularly interested in going in that direction. He said they “already have an intimate relationship; [they’ve] done things that are familial on a deep, deep friendship [level]. Where that goes, who knows?”

Reedus indicates Daryl is nowhere near ready to cozy up to the residents of Alexandria. He’s still on the journey to “find the doorknob” to open the door to new relationships. Life is “always putting a carrot in front of him and then yanking it away.” He’s still that “go back to the woods guy.”

Lennie James was thoughtful about Morgan’s role this season. He’s “still getting to know Morgan,” both for the show and for himself playing the character. He’s “excited that he is going to stir things up by taking a passive position… Morgan, like everyone else, is trying to function in this world.” All of the characters are “the sum of their experience.”

Before Gimple was whisked away (it was a busy press room!), we wanted to know his mission statement for Season 6. “With great power comes great responsibility,” he intoned. The characters “know how to survive, [but] what next? Do they have a responsibility to the future? To these people? This place?”

Yeun couldn’t have been happier to be back in San Diego for Comic-Con. He credited the show’s continuing success to a “perfect storm of great people, creative people, amazing bosses.” He “loves being able to play a three-dimensional Asian character” in such a high-profile way.

For her part, Gurira laughed off the fans who want to see her character get together with Lincoln’s Rick: “People [just] want Michonne to get some! It’s cool and shows there’s a palpable friendship,” which is what Michonne “treasures about him… he challenges her [and her attitudes] … she became more humble because of it.” Gale chimed in with a yeah, but “at the end of last season the tables were turned. She basically had to knock him out.”

EP Hurd also clued us in on the biggest threat this year, which is the “scope of the Walkers… they are vulnerable and have teamed up with people who don’t know how to survive… trying to protect people who are not competent puts them in danger.”

Regular viewers recall that Morgan and Michonne previously met in the acclaimed Episode 3.12, “Clear,” so we wondered how their reunion might go. Danai said she was “originally not impressed by Morgan… she didn’t like him” so she’s wary.

From what Yeun says, they should all be wary: “Each character take their own cues… it’s still a collective, but you find people within the walls who were weakened.” They’ll face “Walkers as a threat… people as a threat, but ultimately it’s the Wild West… [with] no resources, the reset button has been pushed.” There are “so many things in play at the same time.” It’s about “how lines blur and how black & white they are.”

Hurd says it succinctly, “Ignorance is deadly.” She also elaborates a bit on how our group are (or aren’t) blending in: “Each member has a different theory, a different approach… Carol infiltrated…. Rich said just accept what we’re doing.”

And then, thanks to a persistent person at our table, we got to hear from Lincoln about Rick putting the moves on our Machete Mama (equal time for everyone!), and he said he loves how they have “a jokiness, a gallows humor between them.” He called her “the arched eyebrow” who keeps him in line. [We’re taking that as another “no” vote for “Richonne.”]

In Part 1 of our “TWD” report from SDCC, we described the zombies, and Nicotero also told us a bit more about how they’ve evolved. They’re pretty rotted now, yes, but a primary rule is, “They can’t be a ‘Harryhausen.’ No walking skeleton… it has to be muscular but exposed.”


McBride (who was wearing a t-shirt with the face of The Walking Dead comic creator/exec producer Robert Kirkman, who had to miss the SDCC this year for minor throat surgery) caught us up on Carol: “She’s still making cookies… multi-tasking!” She’s staying undercover to “find out where the vulnerabilities are. She’s the eyeballs for Rick.” Her duality is “both equal sides of the same coin… both as dangerous and both as necessary… it’s beautiful and complicated, but so simple… she’s adaptable… one of her weapons is adaptability.”

As for how Carol might respond to Morgan? She says it’s going to be “interesting to see… how he’s going to do with these people. ‘Life is precious?’ What is he talking about?… not a life that’s getting ready to kill you.”

Should the locals worry about Rick seizing control of Alexandria? “People are probably quite concerned about Rick…,” Lincoln warns.  “He may not want control, but… he’s in a place now where he’s not willing to compromise. He does something where his leadership is questioned severely this first half of the season.”

Nicotero points out that if “the Alexandrians had their s–t together… were a lot more on point,” things could have been so different.

But alas, as Lincoln says, “There’s a point at which if they walked into the community, were taken in, and [they] had their s–t together, Rick would have been like, ‘Yes, I’ll be your chief of police. I’ll be your general.’ And he’d be more than happy.” But now it’s “them and us,” the theme of the season. Certain people are “positioning themselves as ‘us,’ and ‘they’ will always remain ‘them’… that’s going to cause conflict within the community and maybe within the survivors, the family itself.”

NO, not the family!! Well, we know we’re bound to lose one or two members we’ve grown to love over these years when Season 6 kicks off October 11th. But at least we’ll be a little better prepared for it now thanks to all the practice we’ve had.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more info be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.


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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter



The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Official Site is Live and Waiting



It was just last week that we shared the all-new trailer and poster for the upcoming sequel to writer-director Bryan Bertino’s home-invasion thriller The Strangers.

If that trailer for The Strangers: Prey at Night wasn’t interactive enough for you then you’re in luck – the film’s official site has just gone live.

The site starts off playing the film’s trailer but you can click that shite off asap and get to the other goodies.

From there the site tells you that “They’re only Strangers until you tell them your name” and then asks you for your name, your email address, and your phone number.

Yeah. Right.

That’s how they get you.

Truthfully, I’m not brave enough to put my info on the site. Not that I’m scared of, you know, a knock at the door late at night or anything… Just… I don’t feel like it is all.

If you are brave enough to give the site your info, make sure to hit us up and let us know how it goes in the comments below or on social media! If you can… Moo-haha.

Visit the site HERE.

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.

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Exclusive: Patrick Brice on Creep 2



Patrick Brice blipped onto our radar a couple of years back with his audacious horror film debut, Creep. He directed the film, plus he cowrote and co-starred in it with Mark Duplass (interview) (Baghead, Manson Family Vacation). Creep introduced Aaron, an affable serial killer who lures people to his remote cabin by placing ads promising a fun filmmaking experience… while you could see where the story was going in terms of plot, what made it so striking was the way in which it was written and directed. There’s a massive amount of dread throughout.

Brice is back for Creep 2 (review), and we caught up with him to ask about it.

Dread Central: It must have been hard to try to top Creep. Or did you already have a sequel in mind?

Patrick Brice: It’s funny, but when we made the first movie, we had no idea we would eventually be making a sequel. So we didn’t necessarily set ourselves up for an easy road that way. It ended up being something we had to reverse engineer a bit. And we had actually came up with maybe three or four other ideas for Creep 2 before we landed on the one that we ended up shooting. Including a feature length screenplay that I had written but I shelved because it didn’t feel right. And so, it was a combination of things in that we didn’t want to make a sequel until we knew there was an audience for it. Once we realized the first Creep had caught on in the way it did, that was when the idea of making one did started to come up a little bit. Then it wasn’t until we landed on the idea we landed on, sort of the approach we ended up taking, that things started to feel right and it started to make sense with going forward to making one.

DC: Is you audience mainly horror fans? Because it seems serial killer stories are mainstream now, what with “Hannibal” having been on network TV and now we have “Mindhunter” on Netflix.

PB: I’d say a lot of horror fans, and, I think people with masochistic tendencies as well. I think it’s a pretty dark endeavour for an audience to be brought into with that movie. I think because of the sort of minimalist approach, when you’re watching it, especially when you’re watching it alone, it demands a different kind of attention than a normal movie. Because the Creep is only two characters, if you’re an audience member, you essentially become the third character in the movie, bearing witness to it. So I’m grateful that people are willing to engage with this type of material in that way. I’m also just surprised by it because I think it’s a challenging film on some level. I think it’s a rewarding film. And I think if you’re willing to give in to the conceit of it and willing to take the ride, it is a rewarding experience, but I also completely understand anyone who’s not willing to do that, just because it is such a specific thing. And so going into a sequel, there was a certain amount of confidence that we had associated with a lot of the decisions we were making that would have felt strange and odd with the traditional movie being make in a traditional way, but because we were doing it this way and kind of replicating at least the production style of how we made the first one, we were willing to take that leap a little bit more than we would normally do.

DC: Would you consider dropping the found footage format if you do another Creep movie?

BP: Completely. I think that down the road that would be a nice surprise and a nice way to inject sort of a new form into the story telling. One of the things that’s been fun with Creep 2 and thinking about other Creep movies is giving in to that sort of style completely and letting that be something that informs the character. A huge thing with cracking the second movie was creating the character of Sara that Desiree Akhavan (interview) plays and giving her her own specific needs and motivations for being there, which then hopefully justifies the camera being on. That is the big challenge with found footage movies. It’s something that Jason Blum says that all the time, ‘don’t make a found footage movie unless the story dictates it.’ And so we knew we wanted to do it this way and so it was really delving into character and sort of the more emotional side of things to justify that.

DC: One of the intriguing things about Aaron is that he has no backstory. But it seems eventually audiences demand origin stories and prequels. Will you reveal how Aaron got started someday?

PB: It’s something that’s emerging, having made the second one. We have him tell two long monologues. And it’s detailed, it’s very specific, it makes sense as far as the character goes, but there is still this layer of knowing that this guy is a pathological liar and none of this could be true. And so the hope with that was to have this be a story that convinces Sara, the other character in the film, that it’s true but the audience once again, existing on this other level where they know what this guy’s capable of, they also know he’s a total liar and it may or may not be real.

DC: Do you see yourself ramping up the horror if there are more Creep sequels?

PB: I still think there’s a lot of places to go in terms of the horror aspect of it. I think we only scratched the surface with the second one. I think it made sense we sort of upped the blood and gore with the second movie but also, like you said, kept things pretty much in the space of just uncomfortable tension for eighty minutes. I think that’s something that always going to be our ultimate goal with these movies and that’s sort of the trademark of these movies. What’s nice about knowing that there’s other places things can go whether it be, further into the slasher genre, further into the supernatural, we’ve got some options and we’ve left a lot of doors open in terms of having other avenues to explore.

DC: Any horror stories on the horizon apart from Creep 2?

PB: Yes, actually. I’m going to be directing a few episodes of “Room 104” on HBO and at least two of them are horror based. I’m really excited about that, because I get a chance to delve into more pure classical horror than I’ve been able to do with Creep movies.

Written by Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass with Brice directing, Creep 2 stars Duplass, who reprises his role from the first film, and Desiree Akhavan.

CREEP 2 stars Desiree Akhavan as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on, she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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