Blair Witch To Be A Series? The Grudge Reboot in Pre-Production Plus 3 From Hell
Blair Witch Eyed As Potential Series By Lionsgate
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Blair Witch Project Series?
Our first story is an interesting piece and draws focus on our current, ever-expanding platform for digital distribution for Horror themed content.
American, Canadian entertainment company Lionsgate or Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation launched Studio L. to create and distribute a wide variety of content one of which includes a series based on The Blair Witch Project concept.
We all know The Blair Witch Project is a staple in Horror cinema and many attest that the film kick off the found footage mockumentary style of visual storytelling. In the years that followed many films became inspired by the filmmaking tactics featured in The Blair Witch Project. Yet, that is a topic for another discussion.
“The projects announced today signal our commitment to finding standout material, incubating new talent, and delivering authentic storytelling. We will also continue to cultivate and foster fresh opportunities with existing Lionsgate properties, all built around Studio L’s low-risk, high-reward distribution model.”
Seth Laderman Studio L Executive Vice President
Here are some interesting figures to absorb surrounding The Blair Witch Project Franchise.
The Blair Witch Project released on July 16th, 1999 with a modest production budget of $60,000 the film earned $29,207,381 in its wide opening weekend. With this success, the studio executives released Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 on October 27th, 2000. The production budget for the sequel was $15 million and hit $13,223,887 during its opening weekend.
Director: Adam Wingard and Writer: Simon Barrett tackled a re-imagination for The Blair Witch Project with Blair Witch. With a production budget of $5 million Blair Witch released on September 16, 2016, and its opening weekend draw was $9,576,057.
There was also a petition launched in late 2016 by The Blair Witch Project Co-Director, Co-Writer Eduardo Sanchez. The goal was to re-release the film in its uncut form, along with bonus material. Since Lionsgate owns the rights to the film Sanchez launched the petition to rile up attention with the Horror community but in particular Lionsgate’s attention.
It’s unclear what plans Lionsgate and their new branded Studio L have for The Blair Witch Project. News of this announcement hit the web on February 22nd, 2018. Therefore, we can only wait for further information on The Blair Witch Project Series trickles in.
The Grude Reboot!
Supernatural horror Thriller The Grudge is getting a reboot.
The synopsis reads:
A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that curses those who entered with a violent death.
The cast is developing with more names to attach to this project within the upcoming weeks. So far Actors John Chu, Demian Bichir, and Actress Andrea Riseborough are on board. One actress, in particular, is causing waves in the horror Community, and that is Actress Lin Shane. Shane is a prominent figure in the horror genre with films such as Insidious and Ouija.
As of this moment, it is unconfirmed what roles each actor and actress will portray. The reboot comes after Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions took over the worldwide rights to the film. Here’s some additional news Sam Raimi and Rob Tappert will produce the movie through their film production company, Ghost House. It looks like Sony wants to push this reboot of The Grudge sooner rather than as filming begins in May 2018.
Even if you’re not a Horror film connoisseur, you should be acquainted with the long-haired vengeful apparition, the antagonizing force featured in The Grudge.
The Grudge first gained notoriety in 2002, directed and written by Takashi Shimizu under the original title; Ju-On. The one (1) hour and thirty-two (32) minute film delved on a similar plot in which a mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anyone who dares enter the house in which it resides.
Since the 2002 release, there are eight additional films in The Grudge franchise one that includes The 2016 horror film crossover The Grudge which according to the synopsis;
The Vengeful Spirit of The Ring and The Grudge series face off’
Sony Pictures reboot of The Grudge is the first US remake. The first reboot was PG-13 and released in 2004. The film was directed by Takashi Shimizu the writers were Stefan Susco and it starred Sarah Michelle Gellar.
In related news…
Men In Black Reboot?
Sony Pictures has another reboot in the works but little information is available. Details are sketchy but according to the Hollywood Reporter two performers are attached or will be attached for the reboot of Men in Black.
Actress Tessa Thompson and actor Chris Hemsworth are reuniting once again. Both had worked on the film Thor Ragnarok with Tessa Thompson portraying the role as Valkyrie and Hemsworth portraying the role as Thor.
The Hollywood Reporter states in their article that Sony will reinvigorate the Men in Black franchise with a new set of characters so we would not see Agent K and Agent J. The original set of character was portrayed by actors Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith
The synopsis reads:
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions.
Sony has a release date for Men in Black set for June 14th, 2019.
Rob Zombie 3 From Hell
If you’re a Rob Zombie fan you’re already well aware of the upcoming film from the filmmaker/musician. In the works is the next installment to the House of a 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects franchise. Released in 2005, The Devil’s Rejects tells the story of three sadistic homicidal antiheroes.
The synopsis reads:
The murderous Backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target.
Rob Zombie directed and wrote The Devil’s Rejects. The film starred actor Sid Haig actress Sheri Moon Zombie and actor Bill Moseley. According to IMDb.com The title for the third installment is 3 from Hell and we have updates on casting developments. Renowned Horror Actress Dee Wallace has joined the cast she would accompany Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Austin Stoker, Bill Oberst Jr and actress Jan Haug, Jeff Daniel Phillips and Emilio Rivera are also on board.
Horror connoisseurs should have familiarity with the final Act III to The Devil’s Rejects. This scene showed the demise of the antagonistic characters Otis, Captain Spaulding, and Baby Firefly. Those unfamiliar with the film should check out The Devil’s Rejects and the previous Film, House of a 1000 Corpses. Be well-versed once Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell releases.
if it’s anything similar to Rob Zombie’s last film 13 with its strong visuals and gory aesthetic we’re in for a real horror treat.
According to Rob Zombie’s Instagram post filming for 3 From Hell already began, it started March 15, 2018.