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MIPCOM 2015: New Series Janus and These Final Hours on the Way from EuropaCorp

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Each October, the industry’s major players converge at MIPCOM in Cannes; and thanks to Variety, today we have an early announcement from the event relating to L.A.-based EuropaCorp Television Studios USA’s plans for a couple of new TV series that should be of interest.

EuropaCorp was launched a year ago by Thomas Anargyros and Edouard de Vésinne and helmed by industry vet Matthew Gross.

First up is pharmaceutical thriller series “Janus,” which has been put into development at ABC. Kevin O’Hare is writing the pilot, while Thor Freudenthal (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) is on board to direct and exec produce.

“Janus” centers around Leo, a forensic psychologist married to a pharmaceutical researcher who refocuses his life to seek answers on how to help his son after being diagnosed as a psychopath. When a rash of murder-suicides breaks out, Leo teams up with a homicide detective.

Set up at Fox is “These Final Hours,” penned by Zak Hilditch, the writer/director of the feature film of the same name on which the show is based. Hilditch will also direct and exec produce the pilot.

“These Final Hours” takes place in San Francisco, 12 hours before a world-ending meteor strike, and follows three siblings who race to get to their estranged father’s bomb shelter which can withstand the end of days. “The series poses the question of not only what would you do, but how would you want to remember yourself if the world was ending,” said the company.

“This is the first major step for EuropaCorp Television Studios USA and is noteworthy due to our creative and business success just one year after the arrival of Matthew Gross. Furthermore, it demonstrates the unique capability of EuropaCorp Television US in generating its own content and meeting the most rigorous and competitive demands of American networks,” said Anargyros and de Vésinne.

Stay tuned for more if these series end up being Dread-worthy.

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Insidious: The Last Key Unlocks on Home Video

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The fourth chapter in the Insidious franchise, Insidious: The Last Key (review), is making its way to home video soon; and we have all the deets you need right here!

Directed by Adam Robitel from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell, Insidious: The Last Key was produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell and executive produced by Bailey Conway Anglewicz, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Couper Samuelson, and Steven Schneider. The film was theatrically distributed by Universal Pictures in the US.

The flick arrives on Digital March 20th and Blu-ray and DVD April 3rd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and will be packing the following special features:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Eight (8) Deleted Scenes
  • Franchise Recap: “Dive Into the Insidious Universe”
  • Three Featurettes:
    • “Becoming Elise”
    • “Going Into the Further”
    • “Unlocking Keyface”

Synopsis:
The creative minds behind the hit Insidious franchise bring you the most horrifying chapter of the series, INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY. In this gripping Blumhouse film, Lin Shaye reprises her role as parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier, who returns to her family home to face the unrelenting demons that have plagued her since childhood. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Specs and Tucker, Elise must delve deeper into the Further to unlock the mystery and destroy her greatest fear.

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Jessica Chastain in Talks to Star in IT: Chapter 2

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It’s only early on in negotiations but it appears that Jessica Chastain is going to portray adult Beverly in It: Chapter 2, according to Variety. A script written by Gary Dauberman, who wrote the first film, is being finalized and Andy Muschietti is expected to return for the sequel. Chastain has long been a favored pick for the role, which was played by Sophia Lillis in IT, even making our own personal wish list.

Also expected to return to IT: Chapter 2 is Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. The sequel has a release date of September 6, 2019, so don’t hold your breath as we’ve got a ways to go.

Related Story: Four Things You May Have Overlooked in IT

In the original film:
Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

IT starred Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Sophia Lillis.

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Death House AKA the Expendables of Horror Hits Netflix, VOD, and Redbox on 4/20

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Death HouseWell, I know what I’m doing on 4/20.

Back in December, we let you guys know that B. Harrison Smith’s Death House will host public red carpet events in both Los Angeles (Thursday, Feb. 22) and New York City (Friday, Feb. 23), before landing on Blu-ray/DVD and Cable TV June 5th.

Today we have new release info today via the film’s official Facebook page, where we’ve learned Death House will not only be hitting 30 additional markets March 2nd, but will also be released on VOD, Redbox, Netflix, and foreign markets on April 20th.

While this is a film that I plan to see on the big screen, the fact that it hits Netflix on 4/20 is a pretty damn good idea.

How excited are you to finally see Death House? Let us know below!

Dubbed the “Expendables of Horror,” the film boasts an ensemble of legendary genre names such as Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Sid Haig, Bill Oberst, Jr., and a number of other official surprises.

Produced by Entertainment Factory’s Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase, Death House is directed by B. Harrison Smith (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, 6 Degrees of Hell, The Fields). Smith wrote the screenplay based on an original story by Texas Chain Saw Massacre legend, the late Gunnar Hansen.

Death House hits VOD, Redbox, Netflix, and foreign markets on April 20th, before landing on Blu-ray/DVD and Cable TV June 5th.

Synopsis:
Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.

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