Greetings Boils and Ghouls!
So, seeing as I no longer have horror gossip columns anywhere else on the interwebs, I thought it would be a good idea to start a horror gossip column right here for Killer Aphrodite. This is where all the gory, awesome stuff will happen and I’m going to keep it as casual as possible. The reason for this is merely because, I’m not some stuck up reviewer and frankly, I hate reading stuck up stuff. I dare to be different. *wink* Secondly, I’m going to update this column fortnightly if and when there’s some cool news out there. Let’s start then, shall we?
Fairy Tales On Screen:
Ever since the countless re-imaginings of the Grimm Brothers’ classical fairy tales starting to grace our screens (Beastly, Snow White and the Huntsman, Red Riding Hood), it was only a matter of time until someone would re-imagine another classical fairy tale. This one is Pinocchio, but don’t get too grumpy just yet, I’m proud to announce that Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) seems to have taken on this project. Thus far it doesn’t look like there are any details set in stone, but there are rumours that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Woman in Black), Tom Waits (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Luin Andrews (The Football Factory) are in talks to star in the film. Other than that though, we can expect a darker version of the classical tale of a wooden puppet that turns into a boy, or so it’s rumoured.
This isn’t the only fairy tale coming onto our screens in the near future, Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) will be gracing our screens as Ali Baba in the Aladdin remake, Arabian Nights. With Dwayne Johnson rumoured to play Sinbad in the flick and Anthony Hopkins as Pharotu, it seems that this could really be one to keep an eye out for. Again, nothing is set in stone though, but one can hope…
What would a horror gossip column be without remakes? Yes, I know the flicks I mentioned above were technically remakes too, but I would much rather call them re-imaginings. This is where the big bad monsters come out to play and this is where all the grumpy people start ranting with “how dare they?!” and add in some colourful language. So… let’s start with the one that will likely definitely be remade.
The classic Stephen King film, Pet Sematary, is getting remade and although I’m not pleased with the thought of it being ripped to shreds for the pure enjoyment of Hollywood, many people might think differently. As far as rumours are concerned Lorenzo di Bonaventuara (Transformers) is in line to get involved. It could have been worse though… Not even a year ago there were rumours of a Stephen King’s IT remake, thankfully that one never seemed to take off.
Other remake news will include Barbarella being remade, but thankfully there’s not even a conclusive date fixed to this 1969 classic. There were some rumours going about that Rose McGowan was going to star in it, but that also fell through, so happy days!
Bad news for Death Note fans though, it seems that Warner Bros. already has a script in hand for this Japanese horror hit. And with “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and “Iron Man 3” director Shane Black recently picked to direct it, this one looks like it’s about as sure a bet as these things get in Hollywood. Manga lovers might not be too keen on it, but what can we do about it? When Hollywood get its slimy hands on something good, they’ll tear it apart until BAM, there’s nothing left of it anymore.
Other remake news include that The NeverEnding Story might get remade, Starship Troopers are being ticked off as next on the list, An American Werewolf in London and even American Psycho. Again, nothing is for sure at this point, but the fact of the matter is that nothing is holy for these guys… I’m just waiting for them to get their stinking hands on Gone with the Wind… then ya’ll hear me.
American Horror Story news includes a new cast member being added to the line-up for the second season of this highly popular show. Chris Zylka (The Secret Circle) has revealed that he is actually going to be starring in it as a character named Daniel, who plays a deaf-mute. Chris Zylka joins Lange, Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters in the second season of FX’s hit series, which begins shooting this July for an October premiere.
The Vampire Diaries also seemed to have gotten a few interesting developments they are teasing us with lately. Two new characters, called April and Conner, are entering the world of blood and although not much is known, but come October 2012 season 4 will start and hopefully it will be just as good, if not better as season 3′s finale episode!
Also coming back in October is The Walking Dead season 3. Now I don’t know about you guys, but I am dying to get some zombies back on my TV. Okay… well, they talk more than kill zombies, but you get the idea. Collider.com gave a little insight into what’s coming up in season 3 without giving away too much in their interview with Glen Mazzara. You can read the whole thing here.
The film called 7500 looks absolutely wonderful and with the eerie trailer, I’m sure it will be a hit. Starring a few cool actors like, Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Leslie Bibb (Law Abiding Citizen) and Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect) and being directed by Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge, Ju-On, The Grudge 2, Ju-On 2), this one certainly has me all ready for the awesome it promises.
Synopsis: “Passengers aboard a flight across the Pacific Ocean encounter a supernatural force.”