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Alan Wake 2 Was In Development But Was Scrapped

Remedy Games recently revealed that it had plans to create a sequel to Alan Wake, but it just didn’t work out for the studio. The initial Alan Wake game released on the Xbox 360 in 2010. The action-adventure game put players in the shoes of the title character, Alan Wake, a best-selling thriller author whose wife went missing during a vacation in the fictional town of Bright Falls.

The game played out almost like a thriller TV series, with episodes ending with plot twists. Its style, story and gameplay captured the imaginations of players and critics, which led many to assume that Remedy would eventually release a sequel to the story. The developer certainly seemed interested in a sequel: when it released Quantum Break for the Xbox One, players quickly discovered that the title seemed to be set in the same universe as Alan Wake, thanks to a series of Easter eggs revealed during the game. There was even an interaction with a TV that launched footage of a video with the title “Alan Wake’s Return. Not only that, but Remedy revealed recently that it explicitly wanted to create an Alan Wake sequel, making it very clear how the studio felt about the cult classic hit.

Related: Even Alan Wake’s Developers Want A Sequel

In an interview with VG 24/7, Thomas Puha, director of communications at Remedy Games, spoke about how the developer had worked on an Alan Wake sequel. Puha lamented the fact that things ultimately hadn’t worked out the way the studio wanted when it came to Alan Wake 2, and then suggested if it was going to happen, it would have to wait, as the studio was busy for the next few years at least:

We were working on Alan Wake 2 years ago and it just didn’t pan out, so there’s nothing – we’re just booked solid for the next couple of years, really. We do own the Alan Wake IP, but it’s never quite as simple as that, but yeah, we do own it.

In the end, it seemed that an Alan Wake sequel was likely asking too much of Remedy, who is currently focused on its latest title, Control, which the studio announced in 2018. Much like Alan Wake, Control is an action-adventure game that puts players in the role of a character who has supernatural abilities: gameplay revolves around the use of those skills. Remedy also has a few other games in the works, including a team working on Crossfire and an additional as-of-yet unnamed game.

Although the developer seems interested in continuing the story it began in Alan Wake, it currently does not seem to have the time and resources available to make that happen. It’s a reminder that even if a studio is passionate about making a sequel to a well received game, there are a lot of factors at play that can prevent it from happening, and Remedy’s high demand in the industry is likely limiting the amount of time it has to pursue all the projects it would like to. Alan Wake sounds like its still a priority for Remedy, but with so many projects on the go, even a high priority could take years to begin developing.

More: Control Trailer: Remedy’s New Gravity-Bending Mystery Game Revealed

Source: VG 24/7


2019-04-04 08:04:24

Robin Burks

John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night Anthology Scrapped at Syfy

The planned TV adaptation of John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night anthology series from Syfy has been scrapped. Based on the book series of the same name, the stories consist of scary tales written by a selection of horror writers, including Carpenter himself.

First published in 2015, Tales for a Halloween Night is a horror anthology series that explores the deep, dark depths of the genre. Alongside the likes of Sandy King, who’s worked with Carpenter on everything from They Live to Ghosts of Mars as a producer, and Steven Hoveke, who worked with Carpenter on The Thing: Artbook, Tales for a Halloween Night includes three separate volumes of standalone short stories. Originally set to be adapted as a TV series for Syfy back in 2017, with Carpenter attached to direct the pilot, it turns out that the anthology won’t get the live-action treatment after all.

Related: Jason Blum Wants to Make 10 More Halloween Movies

Sandy King, president of Stormy Kings Productions, spoke to ComicBook and revealed that the series is no longer happening. She explained that her company and Syfy were not on the same page creatively, which ultimately resulted in the two parties parting ways. Intent on doing justice to the source material and living up to readers’ expectations, she said:

“We had one [project] where SYFY wanted Tales for a Halloween Night but it quickly became evident that they just wanted the title. And I really saw a disaster on the horizon. So I went, ‘No, no, no. This is not a good idea.’ It was a greenlit series but if it’s not gonna be something cool for the fans and for the eventual audience, then I don’t think it’s a good idea to do it.”

While Carpenter has obviously been a household names since the ’70s, starting with Halloween, then continuing with classic horror films like Escape from New York, The Thing, and Christine, the filmmaker had a creative comeback of sorts with last year’s direct Halloween sequel from director David Gordon Green. It was the first film in the Halloween series that Carpenter was involved with since Halloween H20 (he was originally set to direct the film before he dropped out of the project completely). A TV series based on another one of his projects might have seemed like a safe bet for success, but that’s no longer the case.

While it’s certainly disappointing that the series isn’t happening – not only for fans of the books, but for Carpenter fans in general – it’s comforting to see its creative team taking the source material seriously enough to not simply cash in without careful consideration. Following Halloween’s success alone, horror fans can likely expect to see plenty more work inspired by or directly relating to Carpenter, so consider this project falling through a slight stumble. Whether it’s attaching himself to a potential Halloween sequel or creating something wholly original (despite working primarily in music these days), horror fans shouldn’t give up hope.

More: The Best Horror Movies of 2018

Source: ComicBook

2019-03-13 05:03:47

Danny Salemme

Spider-Man: Homecoming Concept Art Reveals Scrapped Captain America Cameo

A new batch of Spider-Man: Homecoming concept art reveals a quick non-PSA Captain America cameo that didn’t end up making the final film. It’s almost hard to remember now, but only a few short years ago, many Marvel fans were convinced that Spider-Man would never appear within the MCU. After all, Sony had a death grip on the film rights, and seemed intent on squeezing every last dime they could out of the popular hero. Thankfully, Sony had a change of heart following the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and decided to join forces with Marvel and revitalize the web-slinger’s big screen career.

Tom Holland’s teenage Spider-Man made a triumphant arrival in the MCU via 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, fighting alongside Iron Man’s team in the battle over the Sokovia Accords. Peter Parker would get his first taste of solo MCU stardom in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which took place not long after Civil War, and furthered Peter’s mentor/pupil relationship with Tony Stark.

Related: Every Spider-Man Movie In Development: MCU, Villain Universe & Animated

Sadly, Spider-Man’s journey through the MCU hit a huge roadblock when he ended up dusted by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, in arguably the most emotional death scene in the film. While it’s no secret Peter will be resurrected in time for next summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, it remains to be seen how that will happen in Avengers 4. In the meantime, a new batch of concept art has surfaced for Spider-Man: Homecoming, thanks to artist Peter Mitchell Rubin. One of the included images reveals a scrapped cameo by Captain America, albeit in the form of a memorial statue. Below are five of the new images, but many more can be found on Rubin’s site.

Rubin doesn’t explain where exactly in the film the Captain America memorial statue seen above would’ve appeared, but the obvious assumption to make is that Peter’s friends would’ve encountered it during their visit to Washington, D.C. Whether or not Peter would’ve been with them is unclear, as he didn’t get to do that much with his classmates as himself before he needed to swing into action as Spider-Man and save the day.

Anyone who’s seen Homecoming knows that Captain America ended up appearing in several humorous PSAs that Peter watches in high school over the course of the film, despite technically being an international fugitive following Civil War. It’s revealed that a descendant of one of Steve Rogers’ old Howling Commandos teammates is the school principal, explaining him allowing Cap’s PSAs to still be shown. Perhaps that reasoning is why the initially planned statue cameo by Cap was removed, as it wouldn’t make sense for a monument honoring Steve to be on display while he’s an enemy of the U.S. government.

More: When Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Trailer Will (Probably) Release

Source: Peter Mitchell Rubin



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2018-12-03 04:12:24

Scrapped The Blob Remake Concept Art Reveals Rob Zombie’s Vision

Early concept art for Rob Zombie’s The Blob remake surfaces online and the images illustrate the different vision he may have had for the film. At one point 10 years ago Zombie had his eyes set on remaking the classic horror film, The Blob. Zombie’s take on the horror classic was set to be darker in tone, but no such film ever happened.

The Blob first terrified audiences in 1958, and focused on an alien life form consuming everything in sight in a small town. Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, and penned by Kay Linaker and Theodore Simonson, the film would become a cult classic. It would launch the career of Steve McQueen and would spawn a sequel in 1972 and a remake in 1988. Chuck Russell directed the late 80s re-imagining that altered the alien’s back story. While the films have a following (specifically the 1958 & 1988 versions), they are still considered underrated gems for the science fiction horror sub-genre. Now, while Zombie’s plans for his remake may have fallen through the cracks, at least now a taste of what his vision could have looked like is accessible.

Related: Horror Movie Monsters That Scared You as Children

Posted by Alex Horley, the concept art for the unmade Zombie The Blob remake shows off humans with mutated skin, and a fifth annual event being held in the town. Judging from one image, it seems a graveyard would have been featured in the film with the mutated victims. Another image highlights a woman battling deformed, conjoined blob attack victims in front of a local diner. This role was presumably for Sheri Moon as she has always participated, in some fashion, in Zombie’s films in the past. Take a look at Horley’s concept art below.

Zombie’s remake faced some issues with others involved in the project, so that’s what ultimately led to him stepping away. Zombie wanted to give his own twist to the story just like he had done with his Halloween films before that. In response to his disagreements with those involved in the project, Zombie stated:

“The Blob was going to happen. I was dealing with people on the movie, even though I was on the fence about doing anything that was considered a remake again. I really didn’t like the idea of that, but just as I went down the road further with the producers and the guys that owned the property, I didn’t feel good about the situation and I just walked away from it. My gut told me this was not a good place to be.”

Zombie felt the horror aspects from the 50s and the 80s versions wouldn’t scare modern audiences so he wanted to avoid that familiar territory. This would explain the humanoid nature of the blob victims illustrated in the images, but it seems that Zombie was still going to involve the armed forces, similar to the 1988 remake, based on one of the images.

Whether or not Zombie’s vision would have actually gone over with audiences is anyone’s guess, but one has to wonder why he thought the gooey alien wouldn’t have been enough to scare audiences. If done right, the film could have been well received. Nothing regarding another film has been discussed recently but Samuel L. Jackson was at one point set to star in yet another remake for The Blob, directed by Simon West.

More: The Blob Remake Poster Sure Looks Familiar

Source: Alex Horley



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2018-12-03 02:12:16

Cyborg Actor Ray Fisher Reunites With Zack Snyder In New Photo

Justice League star Ray Fisher reunited with his former director, Zack Snyder, today at the filmmaker’s old office, and they both posted a photo together on social media, but it’s unclear why Fisher decided to stop by Snyder’s office. Years ago, before WB’s unofficially titled DC Extended Universe had gotten underway, Snyder – as well as his producing team and the casting department at Warner Bros. – ultimately decided to cast the actor as the DC superhero Cyborg.

While Fisher made his real debut in 2017’s Justice League movie, he first had a cameo in Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside some of the rest of the world’s finest heroes, namely Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Ezra Miller (The Flash). Even though his fellow co-stars were all thrilled to portray their superheroes, Fisher was especially excited, and he hasn’t refrained from continuing to express that enthusiasm despite everything that happened with Snyder and Justice League.

Related: Justice League’s Ray Fisher Thinks Cyborg Would Be Costly To Make

It seems that Ray Fisher visited Zack Snyder’s office today, and they both posted the photo on social media; Fisher made his post on Twitter, saying, “Me and the Cap’n making it happen… #BORGLIFE,” while Snyder, of course, posted on Vero, saying, “Look who’s hanging out at the office today.” Take a look:

A specific reason for why Fisher visited Snyder today hasn’t been determined, but it presumably had nothing to do with the DC movie universe, despite the fact that Snyder is technically still on board as producer for some of the future movies, like Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984. In all likelihood, it’s possible that Fisher was merely on the WB lot for something else (perhaps for something in relation to HBO’s True Detective season 3, which he stars in), or maybe he just happened to be in the general area and wanted to stop by to visit Snyder, who is currently working on developing The Fountainhead (not The Last Photograph, as previously assumed), an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel of the same name.

Regardless of the reason Fisher and Snyder met up today, the photo could ignite some speculation that Fisher could potentially appear in Snyder’s new project or that they were discussing WB’s Cyborg movie, which doesn’t seem to have moved forward in development since its initial announcement. It was originally slated to release in 2020, but that no longer seems to be the case. Furthermore, if it ever does happen, it’s certainly possible that Snyder would be on board as a producer, just like he’s producing the other Justice League character spinoff movies.

Next: DC’s Cyborg Movie Still Happening, May Use Scrapped Justice League Story

Source: Ray Fisher, Zack Snyder





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2018-10-10 05:10:11 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Roger Ailes Movie Dropped By Annapurna Shortly Before Production

Annapurna Pictures drops director Jay Roach’s untitled film about former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, just weeks before it was set to begin production. The studio had been developing the project, which chronicles the sexual harassment allegations against Ailes, for quite some time – recruiting an all-star ensemble cast to boot.

Earlier this year, Charlize Theron signed on to portray former Fox reporter Megyn Kelly, and it was only a couple of months ago John Lithgow was cast as Ailes. Other prominent thespians involved include Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, giving the film a tremendous amount of clout and prestige. Particularly in today’s climate, the Ailes movie seemed like the socially relevant film any studio would love to have on their slate, but Annapurna has to pass on it at the last minute.

Related: The Trailer for Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk

THR reports Annapurna dropped the Ailes film, with the official reasoning unknown. Some sources claim there were budgetary concerns, but that isn’t confirmed. It’s worth mentioning the project hasn’t been scrapped, and is now on the lookout for a new home. Per Variety, Focus Features may wind up distributing it.

The reported budget for the Ailes movie is roughly $35 million, which is a relatively small amount by Hollywood standards. However, Annapurna is going through quite a rough period. A separate Variety report stated Annapurna President of Film Chelsea Barnard is leaving her position as the studio also let go of the upcoming The Hustlers at Scores, which stars Jennifer Lopez as a stripper out for revenge. THR also notes the studio is hurting financially, which would explain their decision to drop two high-profile films. Last year, the indie house got in the business of distributing their own movies – an endeavor that likely hasn’t gone as well as they’d hope. To date, their biggest hit as a distributor is Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake, which earned $41.4 million worldwide.

Hopefully, Annapurna is able to find its footing soon, as it still has plenty of noteworthy films on deck. As of now, they’re distributing two of this year’s biggest Oscar hopefuls in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and Adam McKay’s Vice and handling the Stateside release of Bond 25. That’s a fairly tall order, particularly for a studio trying to keep its head above water. It would be a sad day for the film industry if Annapurna ends up going under, so ideally studio founder Megan Ellison will be able to work some magic and get things back on track. In the meantime, they desperately need Vice (receiving a wide release on Christmas) to be a hit this holiday season.

More: Watch The Official Vice Trailer

Source: THR, Variety [2]



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2018-10-09 04:10:51 – Chris Agar

Cassie Lang Gets A Superhero Suit In Scrapped Ant-Man & the Wasp Concept Art



Cassie Lang suits up in scrapped concept art from Ant-Man and the Wasp. After the success of the first film, Marvel Studios reshuffled Phase 3 to bump up a sequel to Ant-Man. The movie hit theaters earlier this summer to great reviews, and it continues to increase its box office total thanks to a release in China. The sequel brought back the lovable cast from the first movie, giving them even more jokes and, for the heroes, more action. The mixture of heart, humor, and fun is what helps make the Ant-Man franchise different, especially thanks to the family dynamic.

While Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is the titular hero, Ant-Man and the Wasp put Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) on his heroic level. The movie also allowed Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) to suit up in their own ways. However, it appears that Scott’s daughter nearly got her chance to suit up as well.

Related: Ant-Man & The Wasp Concept Art Reveals Early Janet van Dyne Designs

Jackson Sze, the Senior Concept Illustrator at Marvel Studios, released several new pieces of concept art for Ant-Man and the Wasp that revolve around Cassie Lang (Abby Ryder Fortson) suiting up with her dad. The photo below shows the two riding flying ants of their own, which Cassie appears to be enjoying with Scott just offering a thumbs up. There’s also another piece that’s a callback to the first movie with them sledding down ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, and another of the two on a toy boat in the pool with Luis (Michael Pena) smiling underwater.

Even though none of these sequences made it into Ant-Man and the Wasp, it would’ve been some fun moments, without a doubt. Just the opening play time between Scott and Cassie pretending to be small is a blast, so one can only imagine how she’d react to actually shrinking down to this size. However, they’d have to be careful doing so, seeing as Scott knows how dangerous water can be at this size, or how difficult it can be riding an ant, or that Baskin-Robbins always finds out.

Cassie may not have had the opportunity to suit up in Ant-Man and The Wasp, but she will likely get to do it in the future – it just may not be Fortson. There’s reports that Cassie will show up in Avengers 4 but as an older version of herself, with Emma Fuhrmann playing the part instead. She could be part of the effort to rescue her father from the Quantum Realm and maybe even become Stature as she does in the comics. If it isn’t in Avengers 4, there’s a decent chance Cassie eventually gets her own superhero suit in either a sequel to Ant-Man and The Wasp or maybe even in a Young Avengers film. Marvel’s clearly thinking about the idea, now its just a matter of when they decide to do it.

More: Ant-Man & The Wasp Sets Up Cassie’s Future as Stature

Source: Jackson Sze





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