Jeepers Creepers Parts 3 and 4
Rejoice, Jeepers Creepers fans! First on the list this week has gotta be that in addition to part 3 of the Victor Salva franchise entering post-production, part 4 is also officially a go! Diabolique Magazine posted a detailed interview with Gina Philips, who is set to return in part 3 as original character, Trish, along with Jonathan Breck, our original Creeper. She’s confirmed that both parts 3 and 4 will feature flashbacks to tie the separate films together. Philips will now play a mother, concerned that the Creeper will return to claim her son just as he did with her brother, Darry, played by Justin Long, in the original. Oh, Justin Long! We still love you. Your horrible walrus transformation in Tusk made me cry. Don’t judge me. I actually like that film. Determined to protect her son, Trish sets out on a mission to destroy the Creeper.
In the interview, Philips makes it very clear that despite rumors she’s never turned down a role in the franchise but that original propositions for a continuation with her character weren’t seen as a good fit, prompting Salva back to the drawing board to write a new film. It’s been noted that Trish’s presence in part 3 is brief and serves more to pave the way for things to come in part 4, which supposedly is all about her.
“Trish is in me – she’s with me – it’s not hard to come back to who she is at the core. But a lot has changed for Trish over the years. She’s a mother; she’s been through a lot. I haven’t gone through anything like what this character has been through – and I’m knocking on wood as I say this because I’m pretty superstitious – but I am a mom now and I understand that journey of, once you become a parent, you would do anything for that child as far as beg, borrow, steal, kill or die for your child. It was easy to put myself in that place because it parallels my life.”
As for the official plot synopsis of part 3, it takes place on the last day of the Creeper’s 23-day feeding frenzy, as the skeptical Sargent Tubbs teams up with a task force hellbent on destroying the Creeper for good. The Creeper fights back in gory glory as its enemies grow closer than ever before to learning the secrets of its dark origins.
For more information on the new films, including details on budget restrictions and the influence of this on the evolution of the franchise, as well as personal anecdotes from Philips, check out the interview on Diabolique Magazine’s website.
James Wan to Lead Resident Evil Reboot
Producer James Wan is teaming up with writer Greg Russo (from Mortal Kombat, which the two previously worked on together) to lead the reboot of the Resident Evil franchise which is set to feature 6 full-length films. The cast will be entirely new. James Wan producing is great news for fans, and for those unaware the series is the second highest grossing horror franchise of all time behind Alien. Not much more is known yet, so stay tuned for more news.
Who would be your pick to fill Alice’s shoes?
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Dark Universe Cast and Bride of Frankenstein
The new version of The Mummy with Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella is set to introduce a new Dark Universe encompassing many favorites of yore from our beloved famous monsters. Johnny Depp will be playing The Invisible Man, with Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster and Russel Crowe as Dr. Jekyll.
The concept of the new Dark Universe is the organization Prodigium, led by Dr. Jekyll. According to Bloody Disgusting, their mission “is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it.”
So essentially it’s like the Ministry of Magic (for all you Potter fans out there) but an entirely separate universe (obviously).
Bride of Frankenstein is scheduled for release in February 2019. That’s a long time to wait for the next installment, and we’re not sure yet how The Mummy will be received by audiences. But it’s an ambitious and noble undertaking, and for fans of classic horror and series such as Penny Dreadful it’s definitely worth being excited about.
Terminator Sequel Announced with Return of Schwarzenegger
Schwarzenegger’s aging yet lovable mug will once again grace the silver screen in a Terminator sequel produced by James Cameron and directed by Tim Miller of Deadpool fame. Not much more is known about the new reboot other than that Genisys is rumored to be wiped from the board in the new storyline.
I actually enjoyed Salvation for what it was, although I know it’s an unpopular opinion. With Schwarzenegger’s return though, and Cameron and Miller’s involvement, we can hopefully set moderate expectations for this latest edition.
Danny McBride's Halloween (2018)
There’s news from Danny McBride on the latest Halloween (2018).
It’s been an interesting turn of events to see our beloved funny man from Eastbound and Down and Pineapple Express pursue, apparently, his horror movie passions. His involvement with Alien: Covenant was a bit underwhelming for me, primarily because his comic talent was totally underutilized in the same vein that the acting talents of Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce have also been underutilized in the new series.
That said, it’s intriguing that McBride has co-written the script for the latest edition to the Halloween franchise with David Gordon Green (also from Pineapple Express and Prince Avalanche with our beloved Paul Rudd) and the influence of John Carpenter, who has given his official okay on the project.
All that’s currently known is that intentions are toward Carpenter’s original ideals for the first film. From what we’ve read, this means a throwback to the simplicity of the slasher film without involving over-complex supernatural elements. With no previous horror films under their belts as writers, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. But as a die-hard fan of Pineapple Express, we have faith.
This isn't the only transition from comedy to horror we've seen lately, à la Jordan Peele with the wildly successful Get Out. Impress us, McBride and Green!
John Wick Mythology Expands in Chapter 3
An article from Birth.Movies.Death on Wednesday hinted at details for expanding the mythology of the John Wick universe in Chapter 3.
According to Chad Stahelski:
“We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world… I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Number Two, that I’d like to go back to on (chapter three) and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York. So rather than massive set pieces, I’d like to show you cooler and more intricate ones… I think it would be a mistake budget wise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That’s not our gig. That’s a comic book or a Bond gig. We want to show you cool and intricate details. What are those little details in everyday life? Hopefully – we make people look at garbage collectors and cleaner vans and homeless people a little differently now.”
Stahelski co-directed John Wick: Chapter 2 with David Leitch (known for stunts on multiple films such as Fight Club and 300 and now Director of the highly anticipated Atomic Blonde). According to Birth.Movies.Death, Stahelski is now attached to the Highlander reboot, which we will detail later, so we’re not sure how much of a hand he will play in direction of part 3.
Collider has some interesting theories on where they think Wick’s character will go emotionally in part 3, so check that out now!
Get Out Follow-Up Announced
An official Get Out follow-up from Jordan Peele’s production company, Monkeypaw Productions, has been announced for March 15th, 2019. According to Birth.Movies.Death we have no clue yet about the storyline, characters, or cast. But it will be another social thriller with a budget of about $25 million – roughly 5 times that of Get Out.
Monkeypaw will produce the film with Universal while continuing smaller projects with Blumhouse. Mondo also released some limited edition Get Out posters this week. They are always on top of the game!
Suffice to say this is exciting news, and with the additional announcement last week of Peele’s HBO series, Lovecraft Country, the sky is the limit for Peele and crew, and we support this wholeheartedly!
Castlevania Series on Netflix July 7th
In television and streaming news, our minds were pretty blown away by the official Castlevania trailer, which was released on Wednesday. We’ve been waiting SO LONG for this since the Netflix series announcement in January.
It launches July 7th, which is right around the corner, and we LOVE the addition of the original Nintendo game system and cartridge (which he actually BLOWS – bad move, bro! no moisture) as part of the actual trailer. Is this going to be super-meta? Even a little meta? Let’s hope so! Even if not, the visuals are absolutely gorgeous, going in the vein of anime/manga styling. The music is equally impressive. Netflix is really killing it the past year, and we are totally okay with this.
The new trailer doesn’t give us much in terms of characters or plot, other than “the man who killed Dracula,” but it is gorgeous!
What are you most excited for? Which Castelvania game is your favorite? And which plot elements or characters do you hope the series includes?
Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer
The Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer was also released Wednesday.
We're thrilled that Daenerys finally makes it to Westeros after 6 seasons of meandering through Essos! Will she claim the throne? Despite hinting at her success, we all know the trademark brutality of this show, so most likely not. But how will they handle this? Allowing her to seize the throne seems almost too easy and definitely too much of a happy ending to her story, but that leaves the task of presenting her fall as intriguing and complex rather than anti-climactic.
And how will we see Jon’s lineage impact his storyline? How will his character evolve in light of this new reveal? If he is actually Targareyen, which was heavily suggested in flashbacks from last season, what will his role be in Dany’s quest for the throne?
As for Arya, she looks like she has finally made it to the North while Petyr continues to act as the devil on Sansa's shoulder. Will Sansa be the queen who dethrones Cersei per the prophecy of Maggy the frog? Will Petyr maneuver her there?
What do you guys think? And what are you most excited about in season 7?