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Indie Screenwriter Pitches Direction for Paramount’s Upcoming Friday the 17th Project

Indie Screenwriter Pitches Direction for Paramount's Upcoming Friday the 17th ProjectWe don’t cover pitches on Dread Central so I debated about this one. In the end it got me thinking about all the different ways to approach the story of Jason Voorhees, though, and I wanted to share what one filmmaker would do with the opportunity to pen the next Friday the 17th.

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Indie Screenwriter Pitches Direction for Paramount's Upcoming Friday the 17th ProjectWe don’t cover pitches on Dread Central so I debated about this one. In the end it got me thinking about all the different ways to approach the story of Jason Voorhees, though, and I wanted to share what one filmmaker would do with the opportunity to pen the next Friday the 17th.

This comes from Dale Zawada (A Big Love Story), an award-winning indie screenwriter and Chicago-based comedian who’s thinking big about his next project.

That project? Paramount’s upcoming Friday the 17th film, which is slated to open on November 17, 2015, a feat considering the studio has had no luck locking down a script as of yet.

Zawada recently produced a comedic horror film called Dirtbags and has put together a pitch for Paramount and production company Platinum Dunes for the 2015 film.

In what would be a re-imagining of the series, Jason Voorhees is the protagonist. A young kid suffering from psychological issues after witnessing the murder of his mother. A sort of “real world” take, if you will. In this pitch Crystal Lake has been taken over by a corporation that has established a brand of summer camps all over the United States, and the narrative would alternate between the flashbacks of a very human Jason and the modern day element, which would, presumably, offer fans a glimpse of the slasher they know and love.

This is definitely a different take. Is it too different? I’d love to hear what some of the fans have to say about a Friday the 17th like this. Is it time for something new? Check out Dale’s pitch video, and let us know in the comments section what direction you’re hoping to see the franchise go in when it hits theaters next year.

Indie Screenwriter Pitches Direction for Paramount's Upcoming Friday the 17th Project

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Universal Acquires Riley Sager’s Final Girls for Film Adaptation

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The “final girl” has long been a staple of the horror film genre, and lately there have been several films with just about that very same title focusing on her and/or them. Well, guess what… there’s another one coming as Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures has won a bidding battle to option rights for Final Girls, the bestselling novel from Riley Sager that hit shelves this past July.

The movie adaptation will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens along with Sugar23’s Ashley Zalta and Michael Sugar as that stand-alone company continues to ramp up.

Sager’s book centers on Quincy Carpenter, who 10 years ago as a college student went on vacation to Pine Cottage with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant, the press dubbed her a “Final Girl,” coined for the group of similar survivors.

We’ll have more for you on this as it comes.

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Trailer: Paul Solet’s Bullet Head Hits Blu-ray This January

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After checking out writer-director Paul Solet’s pregnancy gone awry flick Grace a few years back, the talented filmmaker made my list of directors to watch out for.

And it is with this in mind that we’d like to share the trailer and Blu-ray/DVD release info for his newest action-survival-crime flick Bullet Head.

The movie stars Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, and Rory Culkin (Scream 4) as a group of thieves trapped in an abandoned warehouse with a vicious man-eating dog…

And Antonio Banderas?

That’ll work!

The trailer reminds me of Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe, but as we all know, that is NOT a bad thing. Throw in some crime-movie good times and this could be a sleeper hit.

You can check out the trailer for yourself below – along with a full list of special features – and then let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

The film has been rated R by the MPAA for “violence, bloody images, language, some drug use, and nudity.”

Bullet Head hits theaters December 8th, and Blu-ray/DVD January 9th, 2018.

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Synopsis:

Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas and John Malkovich deliver the action in this riveting crime story about three career criminals trapped in a warehouse after a heist.

Special Features:

Deleted Scenes

Filmmakers’ Commentary

A Canine Point of View: Writing and Directing BULLET HEAD

Career Criminals and Fighting Dogs: The Iconic Cast of BULLET HEAD

Preparation and Performance: The Animal Actors of BULLET HEAD

Hymns and Fanfare: The Score of BULLET HEAD

BULLET HEAD: Proof of Concept –Lionsgate

 

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Chiller Channel Will Be Discontinued This January

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Back in March of 2007, the Chiller horror channel was launched. The channel was filled with wall-to-wall horror movies and TV shows.

The channel even tried their hand at original scripted content recently with the series “Slasher, starring Kaite McGrath. The second season just premiered on Netflix.

But it seems like today we have bad news. The end of an era. NBC has decided to shut down the Chiller Channel effective beginning on January 1, 2018.

This news comes to us via the TV Answer Man, with an NBC spokesperson telling the site, “NBC Universal will discontinue Chiller as of January 1, 2018.”

The spokesperson didn’t give any further details on the decision but many believe it has everything to do with Verizon, Charter, and Dish dropping the channel earlier this year.

While those drops weren’t catastrophic, the final nail in the coffin came recently when Cox dropped the channel, effectively pulling it out of around 40 million homes.

Are you sad to see the Chiller channel canceled? How often did you watch content via Chiller? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below.

R.I.P. Chiller

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