This first story is both pretty amazing and really exciting; we’re finally starting to get more info on JJ Abrams’ upcoming SUPER 8. Remember earlier this past summer I was talking about this one and that there was speculation that this might be a sequel to CLOVERFIELD? The filmmakers then came out and said it wouldn’t be a sequel but a stand alone film. Well finally we can start deciding for ourselves. Check out these behind-the-scenes set footage:
The first thing I noticed is that the soldiers are shooting UP in the air … like maybe the thing they’re shooting at is really big. Hhmmm; the creature in CLOVERFIELD was pretty damn big, but Abrams assures us this is not CLOVERFIELD 2. I’m not gonna say that Abrams is definitely filming the sequel, but I will go on record saying that I’m not completely convinced SUPER 8 isn’t the sequel to CLOVERFIELD. Now check out the teaser trailer:
Pretty good, eh? The only plot details are as follows:
[A] bunch of kids who are shooting a movie with a Super 8 camera that notice upon viewing their footage that they’ve captured what appears to be an alien on film.
And let’s not forget that at the very end of CLOVERFIELD when the 2 characters are on the ferris wheel at Coney Island, behind them off in the distance we see something big fall into the ocean. Is this the “found footage”? Time will tell …
… And now we know when that “time” will be. Paramount has announced that SUPER 8 will be hitting theaters on June 10, 2011. So mark your calendars everyone.
FRIGHT NIGHT REMAKE COMING TO US SOONER:
By now you all probably know that I’m looking forward to the FRIGHT NIGHT remake about as much as my impending colonoscopy (yup; I’m getting old). Way back when I first started covering this one it kinda sounded like a pretty decent remake. But the more info that leaked out from this one, the worse the news got. It started with the news that Colin Farrell would be playing the role of the vampire (blech) made famous by Chris Sarandon in the 1985 classic original. Sorry but I just can’t see him in that role; I’m not a fan of Farrell’s at all.
Then I got the news that they were moving the setting of the remake out of the sleepy suburban neighborhood and into the bustling, sensory overloading city of Las Vegas (double “blech”). And to top things off, the character of the fearless vampire hunter Peter Vincent, made famous by Roddy McDowall, has been “re-envisioned” (i.e., raped) as a Chris Angel-like Vegas performer (BLEEEECH), and it’s being released in 3D (AAAHHHH stop it already). Put all these things together and you have yourself one big slice of “f**k you pie” being served up to all the diehard FRIGHT NIGHT fans of the 1985 version. Now the question stands: Are they keeping anything from the original? Well recently we’re one step closer to finding out. DreamWorks has released the official plot synopsis for the FRIGHT NIGHT remake, and here it is:
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.
So they even changed the character of Charlie Brewster!! I know as a writer and film reviewer I need to keep an open mind free from and pre-judging on a film. So is it too early for me to say this film is gonna bite it hard?? It’s too early, you say? Well then take a look at this picture below of the new Peter Vincent character and you tell me if it’s still too early.
And proving that the good people over at DreamWorks are always stoned, they have decided to push up the release date of the FRIGHT NIGHT remake a full two months from the original date. That’s right folks, they think they have such a huge hit on their hands and possibly the greatest remake ever made that they are releasing FRIGHT NIGHT on August 19, 2011. Yup; they’re putting this bad boy up against the summer blockbuster releases. Either they have huge brass balls, or they just don’t realize how shitty a flick they have on their hands. But I promise one thing to all my loyal readers; I will take the hit on this one and watch and review it so all of you can be spared having to sit through what will be invariably a terrible flick.
I love you all THAT much!!
DANNY BOYLE TO DIRECT THE NEXT 28 DAYS LATER SEQUEL:
And now from the “Who gives a flying f**k” news category: Danny Boyle wants to direct the next flick in the 28 (insert passage of time here) Later. How’d this come about? Well apparently Boyle was talking to someone associated with Dread Central and the following discussion took place:
The director indicated to a good friend of our site that “there’s another 28 Days Later in the works.” When asked if the title would be 28 Months Later, Boyle replied “In theory, yes.” Immediately the next question was if he’d be producing, to which Boyle responded, “Actually I want to direct it.”
My reaction: Meh. You all know my thoughts on Boyle and his career. 28 DAYS LATER was at best a mediocre flick that shamelessly stole from Romero’s original Dead Trilogy. And as I mentioned before, the creatures in the 28 DAYS LATER films aren’t zombies; they are people infected with a rage virus. Now I must admit that I really enjoyed 28 WEEKS LATER (directed and co-written by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo). Fresnadillo does something in the sequel that I think Boyle is incapable of … he was original!! 28 WEEKS LATER had great energy, a great story, and great gore … it’s miles above Boyle’s 28 DAYS LATER.
So I guess Boyle wants to come back and put a stop to the originality. Whatever Danny.