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Well then, here’s some interesting news… it’s no secret that anyone who’s locked into working on the next couple of sequels in The Hunger Games franchise would pretty much be set for life upon completion, but director Gary Ross has other plans.

According to The Playlist before cameras can start rolling on The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, this fall, Lionsgate will need to find a director. Gary Ross has officially exited the franchise and will not direct the sequel, formally giving Lionsgate and Summit his notice earlier this week that he will not be coming back.

It seems the burning desire simply isn’t there to spend another couple of years with Katniss in the Capitol. That, and apparently Lionsgate hit him with a lowball salary offer that probably didn’t help the situation. Ross already has a fairly lucrative career as a screenwriter (and rewriter), and money isn’t really the issue for him. Simply put, the filmmaker is looking to change things up for his next effort.

Can’t blame him there.

The sequel to the 2008 bestseller continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the fictional, futuristic nation of Panem. Due to the events of the previous novel, a rebellion against the ruling Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of The Hunger Games.

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Blu-ray Release Date Announced For SUPERNATURAL Season 13

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This past year, the CW and Supernatural delighted horror fans with their Scooby-Doo crossover episode, cleverly titled Scoobynatural. And if you dug that episode and/or the entire 13th season then you’re in luck as today we have word on just when you’ll be able to snag it on Blu-ray.

Warner Bros. will release Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 4th. The set contains all 23 episodes and over three hours of bonus content including three all-new featurettes, audio commentaries, the show’s 2017 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

After thirteen thrilling seasons and with continued ardent fandom, there is no denying that Supernatural is an extraordinary TV success story,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “We are delighted to release the latest season of the groundbreaking genre series with over three hours of new extras for fans to devour before Season 14.”

The series was created by Eric Kripke and executive produced by Andrew Dabb, Robert Singer, Phil Sgriccia, Brad Buckner, Eugenie Ross-Leming, and Jeremy Carver. It stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, and Alexander Calvert.

Special Features:

  • Mystery Mash-Up: The Making of Scoobynatural
  • Into The Apocalypse: A World Without The Winchesters
  • The Winchester Mythology: Rise of the Nephilim
  • Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son: Performance at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
  • Supernatural: 2017 Comic-Con Panel
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

The show returns for season 14 this fall. Season 13 is currently available on Digital and hits on Blu-ray and DVD on September 4.

Season 13 synopsis:

Last season, the Winchesters were reunited with their resurrected mother, Mary, who joined forces with the British Men of Letters. But things turned from bad to worse, with the return of Lucifer and the surprising revelation that the Devil was expecting a child with a human mother. In Season Thirteen, Sam and Dean find themselves facing Lucifer’s offspring, a creature of almost unimaginable power – one that could save the world… or destroy it.

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Jordan Peele Hunts Nazis for Amazon

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After writing and directing one of the best horror films in recent memory, Jordan Peele (Get Out) is one of Dread Central’s top horror figures to keep tabs on. Thus far we know Peele’s next film is called Us and he also has an HBO series in the works called Lovecraft Country.

And today we have word via THR that Peele has another thriller series in the works over at Amazon called The Hunt. The 10-episode hourlong series will tell the story of a group of Nazi hunters living in New York City in 1977.

When David Weil first shared The Hunt with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved,” said Peele. “It’s cathartic. It’s noir. It’s frighteningly relevant. It’s exactly what I want to see on television. I am thrilled to be working with Amazon in bringing this incredible vision to the world.”

David Weil (Moonfall) created the project and will also write and serve as executive producer. Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment produce alongside exec producers Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni (Mr. Mercedes).

Our biggest priority is attracting exceptional writing and producing talent to bring addictive, groundbreaking projects to Prime Video,” said new Amazon studio head Jennifer Salke. “The Hunt is edge-of-your-seat entertainment that is not only culturally relevant but deliciously original. David Weil, Jordan Peele, and the entire Monkeypaw and Sonar Entertainment teams represent the dream team! We can’t wait to get started!

Amazon has given the show a direct-to-series order.

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Inspired by real-life events, it tells the story of a group of Nazi hunters in New York City in the 1970s. The Hunters discover that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among them and conspiring to create the Fourth Reich in the U.S. They set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.

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Interview: Author Alex White on ALIEN: THE COLD FORGE

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Titan Books new novel Alien: The Cold Forge finds a group of scientists conducting experiments on the titular beasts on a remote space station, and as you might expect, things go so hot. While the basic setup may sound like familiar ground, author Alex White manages to twist and subvert expectations at nearly every turn, developing a book with some great characters, creepy horror setpieces and intriguing tweaks to the Xenomorph lifecycle.

I recently got to ask Alex some questions on Alien: The Cold Forge, covering how he got the job, alternate story concepts and if there was anything from the movies that was off bounds while he was writing the book.


Dread Central: Hi Alex. First off, could you give a quick overview of your writing career prior to Alien: The Cold Forge?

Alex White: I started out writing screenplays, which was a major part of my independent studies in college. Around 2005, I started seriously writing novels, and I sold my fifth book, Every Mountain Made Low, in 2015. My agent, Connor Goldsmith, parleyed that into the Alien deal for me, as well as my forthcoming three-book space opera, The Salvagers. The first book, A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, arrives June 26th of this year.

DC: How did the concept for The Cold Forge come to you?

AW: My agent called me to let me know that I’d scored a pitch meeting with Titan editor Steve Saffel, and I had to come up with a couple of ideas, fast. I was at Adaptive Path’s UX week when Double Robotics did a presentation using their telepresence robot, and I was fascinated by the idea. What if you had one survivor in an alien outbreak who was cut off, only able to influence the outcome through telepresence? How would the other survivors react? Would they be grateful or upset?

I was also dealing with a lot of Silicon Valley tech bros at the time, and Dorian naturally evolved from the amoral folks that work at a lot of those companies. When we’re chasing profits, it’s important to ask: who gets hurt? Dorian doesn’t have that reflex.

DC: Did you pitch any other ideas for Alien stories to Titan for the book?

AW: I pitched three, but I only really remember two of them. There’s the one that eventually became The Cold Forge, and there was another that took place on a military academy on a planet overrun by aliens. The idea is that you have a bunch of troubled outcast teens who’ve been shipped away from home to get discipline, then an outbreak kills most of the adults. It sounds YA, but I wanted to turn it into full-on Lord of the Flies.

DC: Pretty much every character in The Cold Forge is flawed or corrupt in some way. Was it fun to write a story without any traditional heroes?

AW: Absolutely, because honestly, I think it represents the reality of a survival scenario. Also, can you imagine living with your coworkers for years at a time? I doubt I’d be able to survive that with a clean conscience, myself.

DC: Dorian Sudler has to one of the great all-time assholes in the franchise to date. How did you dream up such an odious character?

AW: I was dealing with a lot of Silicon Valley tech bros at the time, and Dorian naturally evolved from this utter prick of a venture capitalist who shared a cab with me one evening. When you’re dealing with big data in particular, it’s easy to violate privacy, manipulate people and outright disenfranchise folks (Check out Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil). On my product teams, we have a strict rule: “Don’t pitch me anything you don’t want used on you.” With any advancement, you might churn a good profit, but you also might end up ruining someone’s life. That’s why it’s important to ask: who gets hurt? Dorian, like that venture capitalist, doesn’t have that reflex.

DC: The relationship between Blue Marsalis and her android/nurse Marcus is also pretty intriguing, where she uses his body as an avatar to escape her own bed-ridden condition. Where did that idea come from?

AW: While I’ve already talked about Double Robotics, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that my friend’s father passed from complications of ALS around that time. Another friend of mine has a terminally-ill daughter, and watching the trials that poor kid has to endure is heartbreaking. I wanted the readers to feel the difficulties that come with a terminal condition, as well as the discrimination. Terminally-ill people are often treated as though they’re already dead. Friends drift away, unable to witness the pain unfolding before them.

Blue deals with all of that, especially the fact that her life is considered worthless by the others. If they’d managed to get to an escape pod, do you think Blue’s crewmates would’ve rescued her? If she’d died out there, who would’ve spoken a kind word?

DC: The Cold Forge reveals Facehuggers don’t actually implant an embryo but inject a black goo-like substance instead that rewrites DNA. Did you receive any pushback about making this change to their life cycle?

AW: Nope! It’s 100% in keeping with Alien: Covenant and you never actually see a larval injection onscreen. In fact, 20th Century Fox requested ZERO changes to the manuscript and sent a page full of compliments, which is probably a first!

DC: The book feels somewhat inspired by video game Alien: Isolation, including how the Xenos are depicted and certain passages like Sudler hiding in a weapons locker. Have you played the game?

AW: Oh, I absolutely did. My god, that game was a masterpiece. The thing that really stuck with me was the audible weight of the creatures. I’d never felt them so substantially in the movies.

DC: Are you a fan of any of the other Alien Expanded Universe stories, be it games, comics or novels?

AW: Oh yeah. In the 90s, I had every Dark Horse book and comic. I played all of the games, especially AvP and AvP 2 (and that badass Capcom beat-em-up that took all my quarters). Strangely enough, the creator of the AvP games was Rebellion, and their publishing arm is the company that bought my debut!

DC: Were there any story ideas that were off-limits while writing the book, e.g. mentioning certain characters or events from past movies?

AW: When I started writing, Covenant hadn’t come out yet, and Prometheus was considered a separate license, so I couldn’t use the black goo. About a month into my contract, Covenant came out and boom! I get to use everything I want.

DC: How have you found the fan response to the book so far?

AW: Incredible! They love it, and they’re so happy to tell me that. I’m really blown away by the kindness and excitement from this fandom. There are a lot of really great folks out there, especially the ones from AvPGalaxy.net.

DC: Would you pay another visit to the Alien universe if the opportunity presented itself?

AW: You bet! I’ve always got a few more ideas in me. I’m also planning to do a commentary on my thought process while writing the book, which you can find in my newsletter.

If you fancy picking up a copy of the book for yourself, click this here link! If you like Alex’s work and you want to keep up to date with his next book, he can also be found on Twitter @alexrwhite

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