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We told you a while back that Taiwanese/American director Roxy Shih had been locked down as the director of Painkillers, and right now we have the full details including the cast and more!

From the Press Release:
Adam Huss (“Power”), Madeline Zima (“Californication”, “Twin Peaks”), and Grant Bowler (“Defiance”, “True Blood”) are set to star in Painkillers, the second feature from director Roxy Shih. Debra Wilson (“Mad TV”) and Naomi Grossman (“American Horror Story”) are also on board the pic, which starts shooting next week in Los Angeles.
Giles Daoust wrote the script, which has received several awards and nominations in American festivals and screenwriting competitions.

Luke Barnett and Vincent Masciale are producing under their Lone Suspect banner alongside Giles Daoust and Catherine Dumonceaux from Title Media. Mike Macari (The Ring franchise) and Alain Berliner (Golden Globe Winner for My Life in Pink, La Vie en Rose) are executive producing.

Roxy Shih is an internationally acclaimed Taiwanese-American director. Her feature length debut, The Tribe, won multiple awards on the festival circuit, including Best Director at Other Worlds Austin.
Title Media is a film production company founded in 2003 by Giles Daoust and Alain Berliner, active in Brussels, Paris and Los Angeles. It has (co-)produced over 30 films, including Starry Eyes (SXSW 2014) and the upcoming Radius (Diego Klattenhoff), Hostile (Xavier Gens) and The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot (Sam Elliott, John Sayles).

Lone Suspect also partnered with Title Media on their last film, the horror-comedy Fear, Inc., which stars Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Caitlin Stasey (A.P.B.), and Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens). Fear, Inc. premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Barnett and Masciale recently wrapped the pilot for Captain Karl’s Institute for the Abnormally Bizarre, starring Daniel Stern (Home Alone), YouTuber Lisa Schwartz, Kate Flannery (The Office), and Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) for eOne.

Huss is represented by Stone Manners and Lisa DiSante-Frank. Zima by Affirmative Entertainment. Bowler by Gersh and Untitled. Wilson by Sovereign Talent and Aaron Kogan Management. Grossman by Momentum and Niad Management. Daoust by Original Artists. Barnett and Masciale by APA, Untitled and attorney Ashley Silver at Bloom Hergott.

Synopsis:
After a terrible car crash in which his son dies, brilliant surgeon John Clarke (Huss), tormented by guilt, becomes prey to an unbearable physical pain. While his marriage starts disintegrating, John soon finds out that the only thing that can ease his pain is the taste of human blood. When he encounters Herb Morris (Bowler), a man who claims he can help him get his life back, John embarks upon a nightmarish journey through which he will either have to come to terms with his pain… or become a monster.

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Netflix to Tell The Frankenstein Chronicles in the States

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There’s still a big part of me that wonders why Universal – or anyone for that matter – has not been able to reboot classics like The Mummy, Dracula, and Frankenstein. Maybe they’re trying too hard? Maybe they keep putting the wrong people at the helm?

Look at del Toro’s The Shape of Water… It’s pretty much a new version of The Creature of the Black Lagoon with a heavier emphasis on the relationship between monster and chosen mate. Even though there are a couple of hokey parts, it really works and is excellent. So maybe we need to look elsewhere throughout the world to meet with success. Case in point: “The Frankenstein Chronicles.”

Variety is reporting that the hit six-episode UK series starring Sean Bean will be coming Stateside and more via the ever-growing streaming service Netflix.

This deal opens the way for Netflix to make further seasons should it resonate with its U.S. and global subscribers.

“The Frankenstein Chronicles” is a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Set in 1830s London, Bean (“Game of Thrones”) plays John Marlott, a war veteran and river policeman. Season 1 of the serialized show sees him investigating the case of a corpse made up of body parts from different children and finding the matter involves senior establishment figures and demonic forces.

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Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn Returning to the Horror Genre

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Know what’s funny? We horror fans have known how good James Gunn was all along. It just took the rest of the world time to catch up! Now that Gunn has made his big Hollywood bones with his two Guardians of the Galaxy flicks, he’s returning to the genre to produce a new horror flick! Oh, happy day!

Word came across our desks that Gunn has signed on to produce an untitled horror feature with The H Collective. It was written by James’ brother Brian and cousin Mark Gunn. James will produce the project in between writing the highly anticipated feature Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 and starting production. Gunn’s longtime collaborator David Yarovesky will direct.

The H Collective will fully finance the project and produce alongside Gunn and his shingle, Troll Court Entertainment. Brian and Mark Gunn, Dan Clifton, and The H Collective’s Nic Crawley will executive produce.

The project is expected to go into production in the spring of 2018 and brings Gunn back to his horror roots. The filmmaker, whose credits included mostly fan-favorite horror gems like Slither prior to writing and directing Guardians of the Galaxy, is responsible for turning the Marvel property into one of the most memorable franchises in the Marvel universe.

More as we get it!

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Blade Runner 2049 Blu-ray Release Date and Special Features Announced

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Hoo-ray! I have been waiting for this day for the past two months (or, you know, 36 years) as this is the day that we have the release date, cover art, and special features for director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.

As we told you guys a few weeks back, the film was considered a disappointment at the box office (considering its budget) so hopefully once the film hits Blu-ray it will become a cult hit – just like the original.

You can check out all of the details below. Do you plan on buying Blade Runner 2049 on Blu-ray? Let us know below!

Blade Runner 2049 was directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script by Hampton Fancher (who wrote the original) and Michael Green. The script was based off a story by Hampton Fancher, which in was turn based on the original film’s source material, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick.

The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Edward James Olmos, David Dastmalchian, Lennie James, Barkhad Abdi, Sylvia Hoeks, Hiam Abbass, Carla Juri, David Benson, Ellie Wright, and Kingston Taylor.

Blade Runner 2049 hits Digital on December 26th and 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on January 16th.

Special features:

  • Designing the World of Blade Runner 2049 featurette
  • To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049 featurette
  • Blade Runner 101:
    • The Replicant Evolution
    • Blade Runners
    • The Rise of Wallace Corp
    • Welcome to 2049
    • Jois
    • Within the Skies: Spinners, Pilotfish and Barracudas
  • 2022: Black Out prologue
  • 2036: Nexus Dawn prologue
  • 2048: Nowhere to Run prologue

BUY IT HERE.

Synopsis:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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