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Exclusive: Producer Talks 30 Days of Night: Dark Days From the SetThis scribe recently caught up with Sony’s 30 Days of Night: Dark Days co-scripter (with Steve Niles) and director Ben Ketai, who filled us in on the status of his sequel to director David Slade’s 2007 vampire chiller 30 Days of Night.

Dread was on-set during the principal photography of Dark Days last November in Vancouver. See that item here.

We’re in the last couple of weeks of post-production,” Ketai, who previously helmed the 30 Days web series, said of Dark Days in early April. “It’s the home stretch here. We are in that last stage where every little bit you put into it makes it that much better: the sound, the color, and every new effects shot that goes in – it’s really exciting.

Starring Kiele (A Perfect Getaway) Sanchez, who takes over the role of ‘Stella’ as essayed by actress Melissa George in 30 Days of Night, Mia (De Palma’s The Black Dahlia) Kirshner, Rhys (“Entourage”) Coiro, Diora (Night of the Demons) Baird, Harold (“Lost”) Perrineau, Troy (A Marine Story) Ruptash, Monique (Cabin in the Woods) Ganderton, and Katherine (Ginger Snaps, “Supernatural”) Isabelle, Dark Days picks up a year after the original with Stella on a mission to eradicate the world’s vampire populace in order to avenge the death of her husband.

Scheduled for a DTV bow, the director said of the flick’s release plans, “I’m hoping that maybe it will be out by Halloween, although the market is always saturated with horror movies every October. Maybe Sony will want to wait until the horror season blows over.

As for his cinematic take on Steve Niles well-received 2004 graphic novel Dark Days (30 Days of Night, Book 2), “The film opens with sort of a montage of Stella reminiscing about what happened in Barrow eleven months earlier so one of the first scenes we see in Dark Days is that helicopter overhead shot (of the carnage) from the original,” revealed Ketai. “This movie begins with the last images of the first film, where Stella is holding Eben on the hillside and he burns up as the sun comes up, so I wanted to stay very true to that and thought it was a great opportunity for us to recap what happened at the end of the first movie for those who haven’t seen it. At the same time I wanted to introduce Kiele Sanchez as the new Stella and get it over and move along.

What’s sort of cool about it, too, is that Kiele plays such a different Stella in a narrative sense,” continued Ketai, “in that she goes through such a change in that year from the first story to the second story that I think it’s kind of cool that we have a different actress (for the role). I think Kiele’s going to be a household name in a couple of years, if not from this film than from something else. She’s really incredible.

Exclusive: Producer Talks 30 Days of Night: Dark Days From the SetPortraying Sanchez’s immortal nemesis in Dark Days is actress Mia Kirshner, and Dread queried the director on that actress’ approach to malevolent role of ‘Lilith,’ a vamp apparently older and deadlier than the original film’s ‘big bad’ Marlow (Danny Huston). “Mia was awesome and brought everything you’d expect from Mia Kirshner,” said Ketai. “For such a slight person as she (physically) is, she commands such power. The fact that her character of Lilith is powerful and is the queen of the vampires – possibly the oldest vampire on the planet – she doesn’t even really need to lift a finger to get shit done. Her henchmen and everyone around her kind of take care of things, and all of her actions are so minimal that whenever she does anything physically, it’s completely horrifying, and you are just sitting there waiting for her to speak or waiting for her to roll across the room, and we’ve tried to embrace that stoicism and that sort of eerie calm that comes with Lilith. I thought Kirshner was a great casting choice because she’s an actress that can say a whole lot without saying anything. She really did a nice job stepping into the role.”

As for the aural component of the film, Andres Boulton served in the capacity of the flick’s composer, and according to Ketai, “He did the score for the 30 Days of Night web series that I directed, and I thought he really knocked it out of the park with that, and I really wanted to see what he could do with a feature. He’s done a number of other features before – slasher films and a couple of comedies even. This film has really given him a chance to do what he does best, though, which is to deliver a very atmospheric score.

It is very different from the first film,” said the director of his approach to the material. “It’s been a challenge to maintain the integrity of the world that was created in the first film because we are working with about an eighth of the budget of what the first movie had. Funny enough, the story of Dark Days in the graphic novel is actually much less claustrophobic than the first film, which really capitalized on claustrophobia, and in this film – unfortunately with our budget – it’s a much bigger scaled movie because it’s all about Stella going in a journey to different cities.

With the geographical shift, too, came a visual one.

I really wanted to bring a very different color palette to Dark Days, much like the graphic novel had a different palette than the original, which was a desaturated and very monochromatic look, and here we created sort of more of a warm, tobacco-y, Southern California metropolis-like Los Angeles look,” said Ketai. “The thing about the 30 Days universe is that it’s so malleable. The vampires that Niles originally created were so unique to the genre, and in Dark Days they go even beyond that. In putting the vampires in a completely different context and setting, and with the lower budget of this film, we did a lot of hand-held (camera work), whereas with the first film it was much more of a slow and steady approach. I think (30 Days of Night helmer) David Slade did an amazing job of capturing the suspense with that story; he did a masterful job. With this film it’s kind of the opposite. It’s kind of almost like a forward-marching war movie with vampires, and we approached it with that kinetic, hand-held feel.

Dread couldn’t help but to ask if fans of the material can expect a cinematic incarnation of the third book in the series, Return to Barrow.

I hope so,” concluded the director. “I actually asked that question a couple of weeks ago. iles and I talk about it every now and then. In the back of my mind I’ve already been excited and eager to hopefully jump into (development on) Return to Barrow. I think it would be an awesome story to tell.

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The Predator Lands In Ghost Recon: Wildlands

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In one of the most unexpected announcements of the week, the Predator will be arriving in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands tomorrow as part in the form of a free DLC event titled “The Hunt”, which will last until early January. The event can either be played solo or in co-op, and if you are able to take down a Predator (which Ubisoft have promised won’t be easy), you’ll be rewarded with a ton of cool shit, including the Predator’s thermal vision helmet.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands was released to positive reviews back in March,with particular praise going towards the huge open world. Meanwhile, we’ll next be seeing the vicious alien hunters on the big screen when The Predator arrives on August 3, 2018.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands: The Hunt Official Synopsis:
Ubisoft and FoxNext Games partner to bring the Predator to Ghost Recon Wildlands!

A new free mission is available for all players: The Predator hids in the Wildlands and he comes to find a new challenger. Hunt him and beat him in the hardest fight you ever known to get exclusive rewards!

New Predator contents are also available:
– Unlock new customisation items from the Predator movie as Predator gears and other iconic characters.
– Play as the Predator with the new PVP class in Ghost War.

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Hunt a Serial Killer Through Chicago In My Eyes On You

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Developer Storymind Entertainment have released the first gameplay trailer for My Eyes On You, and it looks like we’re in for something completely truly unique, in terms of both visuals and narrative.

My Eyes On You takes place in a near future version of Chicago, with FBI agent Jordan Adalien hunting an elusive serial killer known only as the Man in the Red Mask. The decisions you make will also dictate whether the game’s plot stays closer to reality or heads in a supernatural direction, so you’d better be careful what you wish for. Whilst searching for clues will be one of your main areas of focus, combat will also play an important role, too.

The trailer for My Eyes On You certainly gives off a strong Blade Runner 2049 vibe, so if that’s your thing, you’re probably in for a great time. It will be available on PC and consoles, although a release date has not yet been confirmed.

Storymind Entertainment social media links:
Twitter – https://twitter.com/StorymindEnt
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storymindent
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Netflix Renews The Punisher Solo Series for Season Two!

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I’m going to let you guys into a bit of my life here and let you know that I am basically in a constant state of kicking myself for not having found the time to watch a single episode of Netflix’s “The Punisher” solo series.

I love the f*cking Punisher and I think Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle is quite possibly the best version (love ya, Tom Jane) of the character we have ever seen on screen.

Big or small.

It’s with this in mind that we wanted to share the awesome news the Netflix has officially given “The Punisher” the greenlight for season 2!

Yes, Frank Castle will be back to shoot more people in the back of the face sooner than later. The announcement was made recently on Facebook and you can check out the post below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you thought of the first season of Netflix’s “The Punisher” solo series in the comments below or on social media!

“The Punisher” is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot, Jim Chory, and Jeph Loeb. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast features Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Deborah Ann Woll, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman, Jason R Moore, and Paul Schulze.

Synopsis:
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

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