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In these turbulent economic times, filmmakers – like many business oriented folk – play things pretty close to the vest. They invest thoughtfully and make their moves with a certain amount of secrecy. They do their best to make sure that they have a winner on their hands before they even start thinking about things like sequels or franchises.

It just makes good business sense.

So naturally there was a certain amount of surprise in media circles when filmmakers Colin and Greg Strause (AVP: Requiem) recently announced a sequel to their upcoming film, Skyline. The reasoning behind this consternation is that Skyline is not due for release until November 12, 2010. For a property other than, for example, an established literary series (which has its own built-in audiences), it is a bold and daring move. But with their innovative formula of filmmaking, the brothers are so convinced they have a hit on their hands that they are willing to commit to a sequel before Skyline has even seen the light of day.

Exclusive: Writers Liam O’Donnell and Joshua Cordes Talk Skyline and Skyline 2 (click for larger image)

Dread Central spoke with Skyline’s writers, Liam O’Donnell and Joshua Cordes, and they shed some light on the plans they and the Strause Brothers have in store for audiences.

DC: In Variety recently there was an article that said there’s already been a sequel green-lit for Skyline even though the film hasn’t yet been released. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Liam O’Donnell: It was one of those things that wasn’t necessarily pre-planned, but the closer we got to the end of the movie, the more we felt that our characters had gotten to a really interesting place. We wanted to see more of them and thought a sequel would have a different dynamic than what we had in the first one. When Josh and I sat down and did the treatment, we were like, “Wow, this is insane!” So when we pitched it to Greg and Colin, we said, “All right, let’s see what they think.” [laughs] Greg started making Predator noises… [laughs]

Joshua Cordes: And we’d never seen that before. [laughs]

Liam O’Donnell: Colin was humming, and they were both like, “This is going to be fucking huge!”

DC: So, will the sequel be bigger?

Liam O’Donnell: Skyline had eight hundred FX shots… the next one is going to have more like sixteen hundred. A lot of times people will say that the sequel is “twice the size”; Skyline 2 will literally be twice the size.

DC: Was it a challenge to come up with another story so quickly?

Joshua Cordes: What we didn’t want to do was a rehash, you know? We got the story to a certain point and thought, “Well, what can we do now?” Having gone through the process of working on Skyline, we know – even with how we like to work with the more streamlined production – the places where we could be a little more crazy and wild and the places where we needed to be more grounded. It’s a kind of knowing where the limits are and where you can push them.

DC: Without giving anything away, is all of the cast on-board for the sequel?

Liam O’Donnell: Uhhhh… That would be giving things away. [laughs]

DC: Is it enough to say that the people who need to be there have all agreed to be there when the time comes?

Liam O’Donnell: No, I don’t want to say anything. Like Josh has always said, one of the pluses of having our cast be made up of people who are not “stars” is that no one really knows who is going to live and who is going to die in the movie. We don’t want to tip our hand for any of that right now. After Skyline comes out, we will give you more information.

Joshua Cordes: That was the whole thing with War of the Worlds; you know Tom Cruise isn’t going to get blasted in the face with a Martian death ray…

DC: If only…

Both: [laugh]

Liam O’Donnell: I can say that all of the creative people – Greg, Colin, Josh, Kristian James Andresen, and myself – are definitely going to be back. The five guys that have been making decisions on Skyline are going to be back for Skyline 2.

Joshua Cordes: From a post-production standpoint, I’ve been sitting down and animating shots and working with the artists and helping to get stuff through. All of the creative team have been working crazy hours because they are so jazzed about the project. They have all been hoping that a sequel will happen because they want to be a part of it, too. That’s the fun thing because this thing is all so homegrown, everyone feels like they’re part of it.

DC: Has anything particular inspired you in writing Skyline?

Liam O’Donnell: We had a couple of sequel inspirations, but one of our big ones was… Put it this way, if Skyline is Mad Max, then Skyline 2 is Road Warrior. We’re this gritty, independent production, and we’re going to keep that same aesthetic and that same model but widen the scope and the world and the action.

DC: Has there been any discussion about projected start dates. I mean, I know Skyline is not even out yet, but is this the next thing you all are going to jump onto?

Liam O’Donnell: We’re weighing our options between that and another project that Josh and I are writing at the same time, which we refer to as “an action disaster project.” It’s going to be a little dependent on Skyline coming out and what its reception is, but we’re pretty confident, because of the model and the price point that we’ve made this film on, that we’re going to be successful. I don’t want to say it’s foolproof, but we’re very confident that we’ll be in a position to make the sequel.

Skyline is in theaters November 12, 2010.

Exclusive: Writers Liam O’Donnell and Joshua Cordes Talk Skyline and Skyline 2

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

Synopsis:

KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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