Kevin Hart Is Getting His Own Superhero Movie

Before you, the audience, start dream casting who Hart might best fit in the DC or Marvel universes, his own superpowered film, entitled Night Wolf is a bit different. This new project is being described as a superhero movie combined with Meet The Parents, as the narrative will show what happens when a man meets his fiancée’s parents for the first time, only to find out that her father is a true blooded super.

The Disgusting Prop Jason Isaacs Couldn’t Keep From Event Horizon Because It Was Too Expensive

As an actor, some of your most memorable moments come from the many deaths you suffer on the stage or screen. For Jason Issacs, one such memory involves a particularly gory death from the cult classic Event Horizon, in which his character of D.J. is gutted and strung up over an operating table.

It was a scene so absolutely bloody that not only is it one of the notable deaths in the entire film, Issacs wanted to keep the replica of his own dead body! Submitted for your approval, the story below:

Leave it to the man who would later play Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise to come up with such a diabolical decorating plan. As if keeping a lifelike replica of yourself ripped open and bloodied up wasn’t chilling enough, hoisting it over the dinner table would be one hell of a conversation starter.

The short version of how Event Horizon dealt Issacs’ character into the great beyond is that even his position as the ship’s medic couldn’t protect him from the villainous Dr. Weir, played by Jurassic Park vet/fellow professional baddie Sam Neill.

As the hellish influence upon the derelict ship is in full swing at this point, Weir gets creative with his prey. Which means that D.J. is going to have some severely un-elective surgery executed on his person. While we can talk around the details all day, it’s undoubtedly a more visual experience, and we’ve got the footage for you below.

Note that there’s a fantastic shot of the prop around 02:21, but if you’re a big Jason Issacs fan, you can start watching the clip below as of 00:49 to get the full effect.

Admittedly, the scene behind this prop isn’t even the most traumatic for those who have watched or will embark upon watching Event Horizon, as this is a movie that included a scene merely referred to as “the blood orgy.” It’s part of how director Paul W.S. Anderson earned his horror chops, which would only grow with his origination of the Resident Evil franchise years down the line.

It’s also through commentary by Anderson on the Event Horizon DVD that tells a slightly different story about Jason Issacs’ request to obtain his prop corpse. Thanks to the internet, this information is also available for your perusal, along with some alternate shots of poor D.J.’s display in the medical bay. See for yourself below.

As Event Horizon just celebrated its 22nd anniversary, and the film has been recently announced as an Amazon series in development, Jason Issacs’ tweet remembering this odyssey into the depths of space and the bowls of Hell comes at the perfect time. While it was released to theaters as a box office bomb, the film did eventually gain a following on cable and home video among genre fans.

It was a long, but fruitful road for Event Horizon into the hearts of its fans, and it’s unfortunate that Issacs couldn’t commemorate that experience by showing his dinner guests where the replica of his own heart would lie in his prop body. Amazon, you may want to include some language in the contracts of your cast to stave off any upset in your new series’ cast ahead of time.

How The Good Boys Filmmakers Totally Avoided Answering Any Adult Questions During Production

All one has to do is look at the plot description of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky’s Good Boys and the inherent challenges are immediately understood. After all, raunchy comedies are easy when you’re working with adult actors; but a bit more challenging when your stars are just kids. In that scenario they are going to ask a lot of questions that are uncomfortable to answer, but the filmmakers had a system for totally avoiding them.

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky at the Los Angeles press day for Good Boys, and during our conversation one thing we specifically discussed were the questions being asked on set that no adult ever wants to hear from a young kid. As you can see by clicking play on the video below, deflection was very much the name of the game, and simply letting the parents help the child actors when curious about some of the comedy’s more mature content:

As you would expect, stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon definitely did have questions about the assortment of adult material featured in Good Boys, and it basically took a quick learning process for them to understand that not all of their queries about the content were going to be fully addressed.

It was apparently really at the start of production when the lead actors were innocently asking about the more adult content, but as the filmmakers explained, that was something they made adjustments for fairly quickly:

In addition to having the parents readily available to field particular questions, another element that was working to the benefit of the Good Boys filmmakers was just the general atmosphere of a movie set and the way in which actors interact with writers and directors. Because of its disruption potential, asking too many questions is a tad on the uncouth side in production culture, and that helped tamper down the uncomfortable conversations. Said Lee Eisenberg,

Of course, in cases of extreme emergency there was also what could be dubbed “The Dumb Method,” as Stupnitsky explained:

The film, which co-stars Molly Gordon, Will Forte, Midori Francis, Lil Rel Howery, and Retta, is now playing in theaters everywhere.

Game Of Thrones Creators Might Not Write All Their Upcoming Star Wars Movies

However, now that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have hopped from HBO to Netflix, it’s possible this may impact how much work they’re doing on the Star Wars franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the men are currently writing the treatment for their Star Wars trilogy and are committed to fully writing at least one of those movies.

Beyond that, though, it remains to be seen if they’ll write the other two installments, as was the original plan, or if they’ll be involved with this arm of the Star Wars franchise beyond writing. When it was officially revealed they were tackling what was vaguely described at the time as a Star Wars film series, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would also produce.

While you’d think that could still be the case even if they only end up writing one Star Wars movies, perhaps this deal with Netflix now prevents them from contributing as producers. Or maybe something has just shifted on the writing front where now that the men are partnered with Netflix, they have to divert some of their focus from Star Wars to the streaming service.

A source who spoke with THR said that Netflix’s brass were informed about David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ Star Wars schedule, but aren’t concerned, as they weren’t expecting the duo’s first output for 10 years. So with that mindset, one would think that these men would ideally have enough time to pen all three of these Star Wars movies, but perhaps enough things have changed that now they just want to get things rolling and then pass the proverbial ball off to someone else.

And let’s not forget that this isn’t the only new Star Wars trilogy officially on the way. The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson is also working on his own trio of movies that will move past the Star Wars legacy characters, similarly to what David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have planned.

There is also reportedly a Knights of the Old Republic movie being written by Avatar’s Laeta Kalogridis, and this could be the first entry of a new trilogy. It had been rumored that the Benioff/Weiss trilogy could be set in the Old Republic time period, but unless new information comes to light, it sounds like Kalogridis’ movie is completely separate from whatever it is they’re plotting out.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates about what’s happening with Star Wars on both the big and small screens. In the meantime, find out what’s coming out to a theater in this galaxy for the rest of the year in our 2019 release schedule.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark: 5 Stories From The Books We’d Like To See In The Sequel

Andre Øvredal’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is an absolutely wonderful adaptation of the book series by author Alvin Schwartz and artist Stephen Gammell. Not only does it does a fantastic job weaving together the disconnected shorts from the source material, but it matches them with the classic and horrifying imagery with which they’ve always been associated. The only bad thing is that the single movie couldn’t fit in more of the terrifying tales – but that’s where a sequel comes in.

While the first Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark may have utilized some of the most memorable parts and images from the books – including shorts like “Harold,” “The Red Spot,” and “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker!” – but there is still tons of material left to mine in a potential follow-up film. To bring this point to life, we’ve gone back through the Schwartz and Gammell trilogy to find five stories that we want to see in a second chapter, starting with a fan favorite:

Sam’s New Pet (Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones)

This one is so well-remembered by those who grew up reading the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books that it’s actually kind of shocking that it didn’t wind up making it into the first movie. It’s a classic urban legend, centering on a family that is in love with their new stray hairless dog rescued from the streets of Mexico – right up until they discover that it is actually a rabid, deformed sewer rat.

Similar to “The Red Spot,” this is a fairly easy story to adapt into any larger narrative, as all that’s required for set up is for a character to adopt a pet. It may start as your everyday cute movie dog, but the machinations of Sarah Bellow’s book could turn it into a total horror show (especially if a practically built monster is created based on Stephen Gammell’s illustration above).

Wonderful Sausage (More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark)

As far as terrible monsters go, there is some serious juice to be squeezed out of a butcher who makes delicious sausage from seriously messed up ingredients – not limited to pigs, kittens, puppies, and people. He’s a serial killer driven to homicide due to the demand of his business, and while it might be a bit tricky to include because of the restrictions on blood in PG-13 movies, he could also be a wonderful terror for Stella to face in a Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark sequel.

Making this one work in a follow-up story is a bit trickier, but perhaps Stella’s journey takes her to an entire fictional town brought to life from Sarah Bellow’s stories, and each establishment features its own taste of horror… including the local butcher shop. We’re not quite sure how the film might go about incorporating the sight of a severed arm holding a fork with a meatball on it, but given the work done in the first movie we’re not doubting the possibility.

“May I Carry Your Basket” (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark)

A big part of what makes “May I Carry Your Basket” such a great little story is that it starts in such an innocent place. Sam Lewis is a nice guy – a nerdy chess player – who finds himself out late one night, and sees an old woman in the cold. All he wants to do is help by carrying her basket, but instead he is treated to the sight of a very active decapitated head that jumps out and bites him on the legs.

This is really built as a jump scare story, but much like the creation of The Jangly Man from “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker!” there is a lot of potential to expand in a film adaptation. Perhaps the subject of this story could be Stella’s dad, played by Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris, as he is certainly painted as a genuine guy in the first Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. This could be a great way to both deeply illustrate his character in a sequel, and get him in on the horror action.

The Girl Who Stood On A Grave (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark)

Some of the best shorts in the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark come packed with a sweet ironic twist, and this one is no exception. At first you fully expect that the girl who is dared to plunge a knife into a grave is going to suffer at the hands of some kind of reanimated corpse – but instead it’s really her fear that ultimately kills her, as she doesn’t realize what’s holding her back from running away in terror is that she unknowingly stabs the knife through her dress and pins herself to the ground.

The specific operations of the story in a Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark sequel could potentially change the way that “The Girl Who Stood On A Grave” is adapted, but it would be pretty amazing to see it used as a big final scare – kind of like the opposite of the final moment in Carrie. It would feel fresh, while also being a nod to one of the greatest moments in horror cinema history.

The Wolf Girl (Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones)

The fact that Stella is on the road and leaving Mill Valley, Pennsylvania at the end of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a nice wide open door that could really allow the sequel to pick up anywhere. And while it’s the last story we mention in this feature, the subject of “The Wolf Girl” could inspire a pretty scary opening.

Taking place along the Rio Grande, this is a simple story about a girl raised by wolves basically since birth, and particularly thanks to Stephen Gammell it’s a great big screen monster opportunity (just imagine the creature in the top image corralling a bunch of wolves to attack the protagonists while sitting around a campfire). Guillermo del Toro certainly loves his practical effects and makeup, and seeing The Wolf Girl brought to life would surely be both a treat for him and for us.

Is there a short from the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books that we didn’t mention but that you would love to see in a possible sequel? Hit the comments section below with all of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions, and stay tuned here on CinemaBlend as we continue to cross our fingers and hope for a follow-up to get the green light following its strong opening weekend.

Crawl Director Making A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Haunted House Movie

One of the most pleasant surprises of the summer has been Crawl, the alligator horror film starring Kaya Scodelario from Piranha 3D and directed by Horns‘ Alexandre Aja. Now, hot off that creature feature, Alexandre Aja is lining up his next project and it’s an old school premise with a new, high-tech twist. The Crawl director is making a choose-your-own-adventure haunted house movie.

Alexandre Aja has signed on to direct the as-yet-untitled horror film for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, according to Collider. Beyond the fact that it will be a haunted house film, the premise remains a mystery at the moment, but that’s okay because the real intriguing part is that this will be an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure style horror flick.

The idea for the film’s story comes from Jeff Howard, who penned episodes of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, and Mike Flanagan, the writer and director behind the upcoming sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep. Howard wrote the script alongside Alexandre Aja and Nick Simon, who wrote The Girl in the Photographs.

The interactive haunted house film will feature a branched narrative where the audience’s choices influence the plot, ending and even the film’s running time. That obviously leads to the question of how exactly the audience will choose-their-own-adventure for this film within a theater?

To accomplish this, Amblin Partners is teaming up with Kino Industries CtrlMovie technology, which specializes in helping filmmakers to tell interactive, branched narrative films in which the audience participates. Using an app on their smartphone, audience members will vote in the theater to determine character actions at pivotal points in the film.

After Crawl, I think we’d be excited to see whatever Alexandre Aja does next, but this is quite the interesting twist. It obviously brings to mind last year’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which was an interactive science fiction film on Netflix. Whereas with that audiences chose their own adventure using TV remotes or their phones while watching at home, this will be experienced in a theater.

On the one hand, people taking out their phones during a movie is a scourge that should be fed to the alligators in Crawl. I also wonder how audiences basically having their phones out the whole time will impact the dramatic tension that will be required to make this movie effective as a horror tale, and if it is intended to be legitimately scary, and not just fun.

But despite those reservations, it is cool to see a talented filmmaker playing with formats and trying something new. And audiences will go in to this film knowing that they and everyone else will have their phones out, so that shouldn’t be a problem. It could also make for a great communal experience as audience members react to their choices either winning or losing the auditorium’s vote. Plus, this may be the first time where audiences in a horror film shout ‘Don’t go in there!’ and the characters actually listen.

It’s a neat idea, and while write-ups will no doubt pop up online detailing all the film’s possible narratives, just as they did with Bandersnatch, I could see it driving repeat viewing if it is a good movie and a fun experience. I’ll be curious to hear what the basic plot of the film is and to see how it takes advantage of this unique format.

No release date has yet been set for Alexandre Aja’s untitled, interactive haunted house movie but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what’s headed to theaters the rest of this year, and be sure to choose the adventure that is movie news by staying tuned to CinemaBlend.

The 47 Meters Down: Uncaged Cast Spent A Ridiculous Amount Of Time Underwater During Filming

It might seem like an odd question to ask, but as any fan of films like Jaws and the original 47 Meters Down will tell you, the subject of just how many days those movies shot on the water is an interesting point of discussion.

When it comes to the sequel to that last movie, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, CinemaBlend’s own Jeff McCobb asked after that very subject when he attended the 47 Meters Down: Uncaged junket. The answer was a surprising ratio, as seen in our footage from that particular interview:

First off, that production schedule sounds massively quick, as 47 Meters Down: Uncaged star Brianne Tju seems to think that 80 to 90% of the film was shot in the tanks, with two months in a tank in London on top of that.

So roughly, this all adds up to a couple of weeks frolicking in the sunlight, followed by a huge stretch of time soaked to the bone being chased by imaginary sharks. At least, that’s how the cast make it sound as they describe the exteriors shot in the Dominican Republic, which make up the calmer, less harrowing parts of 47 Meters Down: Uncaged’s overall product.

Those sequences sound like they were heavenly, and Tju’s co-stars Davi Santos and Khylin Rhambo were on hand to attest to that fact during this 47 Meters Down: Uncaged event. After capturing scenes that saw them running on beaches and having summer camp-esque fun, the reality set in once they’d hit the tanks that would simulate the submerged horror of director Johannes Roberts’ sequel to his previous smash-hit shark flick.

Judging by the trailers, that intent was executed rather well, as claustrophobia and panic fill the short look at this new film’s landscape. Though there’s a taste of the sunlit Dominican Republic mixed in, and listening to Brianne Tju, Davi Santos and Khylin Rhambo discussing the ratio between heaven and horror, it sounds like the trailer used the appropriate scale of footage from both components of the film.

How 47 Meters Down: Uncaged will match up to its predecessor or even this summer’s previous aquatic-based horror film Crawl is going to be an interesting subject at this weekend’s box office. Franchise-wise, this is especially intriguing, as that first film made $62.6 million on an estimated $5.3 million budget.

Frankly, all of that seems to go out of the window when looking at the more intense nature of this latest film. If this sequel can scare audiences as much, if not more, than the original, we might just have a sleeper August hit on our hands.

It won’t be long until we have the results, as 47 Meters Down: Uncaged starts its theatrical run in early showings tonight, with a full rollout occurring tomorrow as part of a very crowded weekend. And if you’re interested to see what other horror hits have been released, or are heading your way in the near future, head over to our summer horror guide for the details!

7 Controversial Movies That Had Their Releases Postponed Or Canceled

 

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Controversy around movies is nothing new. The Birth of a Nation, the film viewed as the first feature motion picture of all time, depicts the KKK as heroes. Quentin Tarantino’s new movie changes recent history. While controversy happens, it’s quite often welcomed. It’s usually a time for discussion and reflection. It’s sort of the point of producing art in the first place.

However, sometimes controversy becomes too great. Sometimes a film’s subject matter or the circumstances surrounding a particular film are viewed as being so controversial that a film ends up not being released at all, or at the very least pushed back to a time in the future when the heat may have died down. Here are seven times that happened.

The Hunt

The Hunt was likely the sort of movie that probably wasn’t going to get a great deal of attention if it had been released normally. While the movie certainly had a controversial premise, with political conservatives being hunted for sport by those on the other side of the spectrum, it simply wasn’t a big movie with major names in front of the camera or behind it.

However, following a series of mass shooting incidents in California, Texas, and Ohio, tensions have flared up and even the President of the United States has taken aim at Hollywood. Universal recently made the decision to shelve the project. At this point, it’s unclear if the movie will ever see a release. It could be months or years before we see this one, and it may never make it to theaters.

I Love You, Daddy

Following on the success of his television show, Louis C.K.’s new movie, I Love You, Daddy, which he wrote, directed, and starred in, was a highly anticipated film. The movie was already somewhat controversial considering its subject matter. An aging filmmaker becomes romantically interested in a young girl. The parallels to the controversial life of Woody Allen were obvious to all, but that on its own didn’t derail the film.

However, when C.K. became the subject of a series of sexual misconduct allegations of his own, the studio decided not to release the movie. The word is that Louis C.K. has since bought back the rights to the film, so he now owns it, but thus far no deal has been made to release the film.

The Current War

The Current War is by no means a controversial film on its own. The plot deals only with the battle for America’s early electrical grid between such titans of industry as Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. However, the film became controversial in 2017 because of who made it. It was set to be the awards season entry for the Weinstein Company that year, and following allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, the film was shelved.

There was a general feeling that the movie would be punished for the sins of the man, and thus wouldn’t succeed at the box office or with awards, When The Weinstein Company went bankrupt, the movie’s future was in even greater question, but the film was picked up by a new studio, has seen an edit from its original version, and is now slated for release in October.

The Interview

Movies usually get a bit more leeway with controversial topics if the tone is handled through a comedy. That was probably the idea behind The Interview, a movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as television personalities enlisted in a plot to assassinate North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un.

Nothing about the movie was meant to be taken seriously, but somebody did. Sony, the studio distributing the movie, was hacked and thousands of private emails were released. Many believe the hack was related to the release of the film. Terrorist threats were made against theaters that screened the film, and most theater owners took that seriously. A few still showed the movie, but the film’s wide release was canceled after most theaters refused to show it. The project was moved to a video-on-demand release, where it actually did pretty well.

Big Trouble/Collateral Damage

Big Trouble and Collateral Damage were two very different movies. The former was a Barry Sonnenfeld directed comedy, the latter was an Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie. However, both films did end up with one thing in common: they got delayed thanks to the September 11 attacks.

Big Trouble dealt with characters trying to smuggle a bomb onto an airplane, and Collateral Damage included a plane hijacking scene, though the scene got cut when the film was finally released a few months later. Big Trouble was also eventually released, though even then marketing was kept to a minimum and both movies came and went from theaters without much notice.

The Day The Clown Cried

Most of the films on this list were not released due to unfortunate circumstances regarding the film’s scheduled release, but The Day the Clown Cried, which was shot in the early 1970s, has never been seen in public because of the controversy surrounding the movie itself. The story deals with a professional clown in Germany during World War II. The character, played by Jerry Lewis, who ends up performing for Jewish children who have been incarcerated in the camps.

While Jerry Lewis said the film had been invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, that never happened, and it also never saw a planned U.S. release that was to follow. From what little we know, the movie just didn’t work. The idea of dealing with such a horrid piece of history in an even vaguely lighthearted way was seen as crass and it sounds like the whole project just didn’t work. Lewis died making sure the public never saw the film, and to this day, only a handful of people have ever claimed to have seen any of it.

Some of these controversial films were eventually released, others we have yet to see. Frequently movies lost to time for one reason or another have been dug up and eventually shown, so we’ll probably see these movies some day, but it could still be many years before we do.

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Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy Will Move Past The ‘Legacy Characters’

The Star Wars landscape is going to look a lot different after The Rise of Skywalker comes out. Along with the franchise expanding with several Disney+ shows, there are also numerous cinematic trilogies in the work, including the one being worked on by Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson (no, he didn’t drop it).

In keeping with Lucasfilm’s love of secrecy, we still haven’t learned anything specific about what Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy will be about, only that it will be separate from the Skywalker Saga. Johnson has now reiterated that the goal for his next three Star Wars movies is to move past the characters we’re incredibly familiar with and take the Star Wars film series in a new direction. In his words:

It’s one thing to create a Star Wars trilogy starring brand-new faces, but judging by Rian Johnson’s comments to Observer, it sounds like these movies won’t even reference the “legacy characters”… or at least, not that much.

Depending on the time period, maybe there will be a mention of the Empire and Rebellion or the First Order and the Resistance, or even include an off-handed reference to a major figure like Palpatine or Luke Skywalker, but it’s not like these movies will be leaning heavily on the main canon that’s quite familiar to fans.

Either way, however you feel about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there’s no question that it was polarizing among the Star Wars fanbase. Since Rian Johnson plans to distance his new movies from the main mythos and chart a new path, while still keeping the overall substance of the property alive, that could result in these particular Star Wars tales earning better overall reception.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for all the latest and greatest Star Wars news. Don’t forget to also look through our 2019 release schedule to plan your trips to the theater for the rest of the year accordingly.