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The Thing (click for larger image)You knew it was inevitable as talk has been steadily circulating for the past few months about Universal’s prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter masterpiece The Thing. Well, a director and writer have officially been named.
Variety has just reported that Universal has brought aboard “Battlestar Galactica” executive producer Ron Moore to write the script and commercial director Matthijs Van Heijningen, Jr. (a hopefully crazy Swede) to direct the re-imagining.

From the Variety article:

“[The] new project borrows heavily from the John W. Campbell, Jr., short story ‘Who Goes There’, the basis of the Carpenter film and Howard Hawks’ 1951 original The Thing From Another World.

It is set in a Norwegian camp and chronicles how the shape-shifting alien was first discovered and overcame the inhabitants of that camp. Strike Entertainment’s Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing. David Foster will be exec producer.

Van Heijningen has shot blurbs for brands including Toyota, Pepsi, Heineken, Bud Light and Visa. He is also developing Army of the Dead at Warner Bros. with producer Zack Snyder, who also crossed from commercials to features by directing the Strike-produced Dawn of the Dead remake.

Ok, I dig on the Ron Moore bit, but the jury is still out on Van Heijningen. I would have rather seen a more prominent director take the reigns, but hopefully this guy will surprise us. I can hope, right? Right? Keep your head down and your fingers crossed.

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Actor Anton Troy Needs Your Help

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On the evening of May 4, actor Anton Troy, who played the lead role in the Rusty Revolver: Origin TV pilot (review), was brutally assaulted whilst he was walking to his car after work. He received multiple stab wounds to the head, neck, and chest, and needed to spend the night in surgery. Anton in now on the slow road to recovery, although he is still in the ICU and needs to undergo more surgical procedures before he is given the all clear.

In addition to Rusty Revolver, Anton has also appeared in Chillerama, Filth to Ashes, Flesh to Dust, I Was a Teenage Werebear, Shooting the Warwicks, and the comedy Wingman Inc. He also serves as a leader of the Young Men’s Division of the SGI Buddhist Community, and he’s an all around great guy.

If you want to help Anton on the path to making a full recovery, you can donate to his GoFundMe account to help cover his medical expenses. And if you’re not in a position to donate at this time, please share the campaign on social media to help raise awareness. Thank you for reading this, and thank you for helping.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD S3 Hits Digital Today; Blu-ray/DVD This August

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Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 hit Digital today and to celebrate we have word on just when you can snag the third (and final) season on Blu-ray and DVD.

Season 3 hits Blu-ray August 21st for the Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In addition to all 10 Season 3 episodes, the disc will include audio commentary by executive producer Rob Tapert on every episode.

You can check out the Blu-ray cover art to the right and the trailer below. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3’s showrunners are Mark Verheiden and Moira Grant.

Ash vs Evil Dead hits Digital today and Blu-ray/DVD August 21st.

S3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

 

 

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Blair Joins Vicious Serial Killer Flick THE GREAT ILLUSION

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Selma Blair has just joined the horror thriller, The Great Illusion. The film also stars Graham Greene and newcomer Oscar Cardenas, who co-wrote the film with daughter Maria Gabriela Cardenas. Maria will be making her directing debut with the film.

The plot Deadline reports follows a tortured FBI agent suffering from an irrational fear of darkness, as he investigates a mysterious former prostitute in order to catch a vicious serial killer.

The film also co-stars Glenn Morshower, Tokala Black Elk, Jon Lindstrom, Trisha Rae Stahl, Rebekah Kennedy, Jaime Gallagher, Bella Shaw, Rob Evors, Monte Markham, Beverly Todd, and Kenzie Dalton. Amy Williams is producing.

The Great Illusion is set to begin filming in Los Angeles next month.

Are you interested in checking out this film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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