Carnivàle (a show I happened to be a huge fan of and tragically ended too soon) creator Dan Knauf is working with NBC for an upcoming 10-episode series, DRACULA, as the showrunner & head writer, working with series creator Cole Haddon.
DRACULA is produced by Tony Krantz’s Flame Ventures, Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Universal TV, and NBCU International. Carnival Films & Television, the company behind DOWNTON ABBEY. Krantz and Callender are executive producing the series with Gareth Neame and Anne Mensah. Haddon and Flame’s Reece Pearson co-executive produce.
Based on an idea by Krantz, the show is based on an idea by Krantz which is set in 1890 and has been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.” Jonathan Rhys Meyers is set to play the iconic vampire Dracula, which see’s him arrive in London, “posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.”. The new series reunites Meyers with NBC’s Bob Greenblatt, who cast the Irish actor in “The Tudors” while running Showtime.
This could potentially be an interesting show given the talent involved, but I have this fear in the back of my mind that it’s going to turn out to be some kind of Victorian romantic drama. Here’s hoping that fear will be abated. More information as it develops.
For all you fans of classic horror out there (and who isn’t?), we have some fantastic news for you. Many of you were too young to have ever seen FRANKENSTEIN or THEBRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN on the big screen when they were released so many years ago, or during their re-release. A good deal of you may also have been too young to catch THE BIRDS in theaters as well. Well that’s all about to change as Turner Classic Movies, in partnership with Fathom Events are bringing these three horror genre classics to the big screen NATIONWIDE!
From The Press Release:
This fall, NCM Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) are bringing a series of horror movie classics back to movie theaters nationwide. Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds flies back into theaters on Wednesday, September 19 and a double feature of Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein will haunt screens on Wednesday, October 24.
Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time, with special matinees in select theaters at 2:00 p.m. The series will feature newly restored versions of the films created by Universal in celebration of its 100th Anniversary, and will also include a specially-produced TCM introduction by film historian, author and TCM host Robert Osborne, who will take audiences behind the scenes for each of these American classics with unique insights into their making.
Participating theaters playing the double feature FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN: CLICK HERE!
Participating theaters playing THE BIRDS: CLICK HERE!
Teased earlier this year, Universal continues to celebrate its 100th anniversary by bringing Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Bride, the Wolf Man, the Phantom and the Creature to Blu in one collection. Features, art and a look at the DRACULA’s restoration below.
Coming October 2, a massive digital restoration and features-laden package, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection promises an epic tour of shadows, fog and monstrosity as it collects some of the most iconic and significant entries in cinematic horror storytelling. Accompanying the films is a 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters and correspondence; special features including looks at the work of pioneering makeup artist Jack Pierce and commentaries from the likes of modern master Rick Baker; the much beloved 1931 Spanish language version of DRACULA, as well as a 3D Blu-ray of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, and much more.
Keep reading after the break for individual Blu-ray specs for each film.
Alfred Hitchcock’s most important films are coming to Blu-ray via a multi-disc pack from Universal.
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
Fifteen of the most acclaimed films by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock come together on Blu-ray for the first time ever when Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is released on September 25, 2012, for a limited time only. Digitally restored from high-quality film elements and presented in perfect high-definition picture and sound, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection brings the Master of Suspense’s best work to home audiences as it’s never been seen before. This ultimate collector’s set features 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray, a collectible 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more.
Spanning three-and-a-half decades of the director’s prolific career, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection includes classic thrillers featuring performances from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak, and Sean Connery. One of the most influential and revered cinematic innovators of all time, Alfred Hitchcock had a profound and lasting impact on modern moviemaking. Renowned for his signature wit, thrilling plots, pioneering camerawork, and original editing style, Hitchcock’s masterful ability to wring every drop of suspense out of each scene is still studied and emulated by filmmakers around the world. He was nominated for five Best Director Academy Awards®, and four of his films (all of which are included in this collection) appear on AFI’s prestigious “100 Years…100 Movies” list. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is the ideal gift for film lovers, Hitchcock fans—or anyone who wants to discover for themselves what makes him the undisputed Master of Suspense.
For a list of the films and features, keep reading after the break…
Ok…what? I’m fairly certain there was ALREADY a JAWS 3-D flick, but with the added popularity of AVATAR in 3-D, among many others, it seems that UNIVERSAL has decided to jump on the bandwagon. In a way, if done correctly (for example, if JAMES CAMERON did it), this could be interesting. Right now, this seems to be a rumor, but here’s the beef from Cinema Blend:
A source of ours over at Universal Pictures says the studio is strongly considering a remake of the summer blockbuster in hopes of dazzling younger audiences with new special effects. Their claim is that people now expect more, visually, from their film-going experience. So, Hollywood studios are inclined to take some of their tried and true franchise names like Jaws and bring them into the 3D world.
Our insider says Tracy Morgan was at one point being considered for the part of Matt Hooper, previously played by Richard Dreyfuss. While it’s uncertain whether that’s still the plan, it does indicate that they seem to be taking a more comedic direction with the part.
This is just a rumor, from a source we’ve spoken with, but never used before. We’re working on some sort of official confirmation. In the meantime file this under gossip which, let’s face it, isn’t hard to believe. Universal already busted out a few laughable Jaws sequels in the 80’s. They even tried their hand at a 3-D version of the shark with 1983’s Jaws 3-D. It only makes sense to come back to the idea now that they have the technology to do it right.
Wait, WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?! TRACY FUCKING MORGAN?!?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!111!1!!!!1! Ah fuck, you remember all that I said about the potential awesomeness? Yeah, out the fucking window. It also makes me think this HAS to be a rumor. PLEASE let it be a rumor if they’re looking at that kind of casting.
The trailer for the upcoming WOLFMAN remake has hit the web. Check it out, along with a few new pics, below! The film is set for release in early 2010 and stars Benecio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins among others. Click on the Pic below to see more pics over at Shock Till You Drop.
Here are some details from the upcoming LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake DVD. I didn’t get a chance to see this one in theaters, but I hear it’s actually a pretty damn decent flick, so I’ll check it out when it hits DVD and let ya’ll know what I think.
Universal is prepping both unrated and theatrical cuts of the film which will be available separately (on DVD) or together (on Blu-Ray). The unrated cut clocks in at 1 hour and 54 minutes, four minutes longer than the theatrical print. Special features will include deleted scenes and A Look Inside featurette. Those with Blu-Ray capabilities will get a digital copy of the unrated version, BD-Live and “My Scenes Sharing” features.
As soon as some DVD art shows up on the intarwebz, you’ll see it here!
Dubbed the “Screwhead Edition,” an Army of Darkness Blu-Ray will be coming to us soon now that rights for the film have reverted back to Universal. This from Shock Till You Drop:
Now that the rights for Army of Darkness have reverted back to Universal (from Anchor Bay Entertainment), its home video division has announced a Blu-Ray “Screwhead Edition” for May 19th. Special features will include the alternate ending, deleted scenes, The Men Behind the Army featurette, extra footage, theatrical trailer and audio commentary with director Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Ivan Raimi. Exclusive to Blu-Ray: My Scenes, BD-Live and the ability to access production photos during the movie experience.
Another reason for me to look towards finally getting a Blu-Ray player. I just have this…issue with Blu-Ray discs, the quality of the image onscreen. Sometimes it looks like crystal clear film, absolutely stunning, and then, at times, it looks as though a high definition soap opera of sorts. It’s weird how the image switches back and forth and absolutely ruins the viewing experience for me. I’m not sure if it’s like this with older films, as I’ve only seen newer films in Blu-Ray. We’ll see. Wave of the Future and all that.