Ridley Scott To Direct Brutal Western Thriller WRAITHS OF THE BROKEN LAND

Holy crap. This is the biggest movie news of the day for me.

According to Deadline, Ridley Scott is reteaming with The Martian writer Drew Goddard for a western thriller called Wraiths of the Broken Land.

After Bone Tomahawk blew me away last year (it went on to become my favorite film of 2015), I wanted to read more from writer/director S. Craig Zahler, who I thought did a superb job with crafting that script. Bone Tomahawk was Zahler's directorial debut, but he's also a novelist, and one of the first things I read after seeing BT was his novel Wraiths of the Broken Land, a brutal western about a man hired to help save two kidnapped sisters who have been sold into prostitution to a ruthless Mexican gang leader. It's nearly as unflinching as Bone Tomahawk was, but I thought we'd never see Wraiths adapted into a film — mainly because when I interviewed Zahler, he essentially said as much:

"So it was suggested that I adapt Wraiths of the Broken Land, which is the second of my western novels, and I said, ‘That thing is big and I don’t want to chop it down so it fits a movie length. I’d need to remove two thirds of this book so it could be a movie. But I can write another western that’s another rescue mission western.' And that other western was Bone Tomahawk."

Having read the book, I see what he means. There's a lot happening in the book, and it'll be interesting to see how Goddard adapts this, since it appears Zahler won't have any involvement with this movie adaptation at all. Here's the official synopsis:

A brutal and unflinching tale that takes many of its cues from both cinema and pulp horror, Wraiths of the Broken Land is like no Western you've ever seen or read. Desperate to reclaim two kidnapped sisters who were forced into prostitution, the Plugfords storm across the badlands and blast their way through Hell. This gritty, character-driven piece will have you by the throat from the very first page and drag you across sharp rocks for its unrelenting duration. Prepare yourself for a savage Western experience that combines elements of Horror, Noir and Asian ultra-violence. You've been warned.

SPACE STORY: A BAD DAY Mashes Up GRAVITY, THE MARTIAN, INTERSTELLAR, and More

YouTuber Luc Bergeron has cut clips of space movies like 2001, Gravity, Sphere, Interstellar, and more into a single, vaguely coherent shared universe storyline called Space Story: A Bad Day. I like mashups like this (and the all-time brilliant Hell's Club and its sequel) much more than the one I wrote about yesterday that simply takes two popular properties and smashes them together. At least here, it feels like there's some original storytelling lurking beneath the surface.

Via: Sploid

Watch: Unsettling Trailer For Adam Wingard’s Next Horror Film, THE WOODS

Adam Wingard is the director of films like You're Next, The Guest, and segments of the horror anthology VHS movies, so he clearly knows his way around genre films. His newest movie, The Woods, just received its first trailer, and despite its bland title and a reliance on a slowed-down cover of a classic song (a trope that's become increasingly annoying in recent years), the visuals are still unsettling and creepy in all the right ways. If his previous collaborations with writer Simon Barrett are any indication, this is going to be a movie genre fans will absolutely love, and I have a feeling there's a lot more going on underneath the surface than this trailer lets on.

The Woods hits theaters on September 16th.

One of the scariest movies in decades, THE WOODS reinvents horror with a completely fresh and terrifying take on the genre.

Tim Burton Says BEETLEJUICE 2 Not Guaranteed, “Has To Be Right”

Tim Burton is interested in making Beetlejuice 2, but not if it's going to end up being something he doesn't want. The director cleared the air with Collider after months of rumors about a film no one knows is on or off:

"This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in, but there’s so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I’ve talked to these people and they didn’t wanna hear this so they just made up a story. But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people. It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right—because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet."

Sounds like if it happens, it happens. Burton is at a point in his career where he doesn't NEED another film, so why not only do a film if it's only something fans will appreciate? I respect him for having that stance, even if he is in a position of success that grants him that option.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 4 Trailer: The Difference Between Pain and Suffering

Orange is the New Black is one of Netflix's most consistently great original shows, so it's no surprise that the streaming service renewed the series for three more seasons a few months ago. Season 4 premieres next month, and the first trailer just debuted this morning — and things are looking pretty rough in Litchfield right about now. The trailer doesn't flat-out say it, but it strongly hints that at least one of the main characters isn't going to make it out alive. As always, I'm intrigued to see what happens.

Season 4 premieres on June 17th.

MISFITS Creator Bringing Exorcism Comedy To Netflix

Netflix is teaming up with the creator of Misfits and E4 to bring an exorcism comedy to the streaming platform. THR reports cult superhero comedy creator Howard Overton will be developing Crazy Face, a series that will star Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey) and Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum).

The series will focus on spirits with unfinished business possessing living people and working through their problems, and humans that can see them and have to stop them. If it's anything like Misfits' first couple of seasons, it's sure to be a fun (but dark) ride!

How Did Jared Leto Get That Laugh For The Joker in SUICIDE SQUAD?

With Suicide Squad’s release day swiftly approaching, the media frenzy for the movie is going to pick up. This just happens to be one of those posts that is trying to keep Suicide Squad in the forefront of your mind.

The word around Hollywood is that Jerad Leto is the personification of Method acting. From extreme weight gain for one role to extreme weight loss for another, the man is fully committed to his craft.

Leto recently divulged another way he got into character for his role as The Joker during an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box. Here is what he had to say about how he prepared for the role and how he came up with his Joker laugh, which we've heard in the trailers:

“I worked on the laugh walking around the streets of New York and Toronto, and I kinda would walk around the streets and see what laughs would get under people’s skin.
You know when you hear someone laugh at a restaurant? It’s a little jarring. I tried them out. And I kind of got to a place where I would laugh and people are always turning around like, ‘Who is this creepy guy behind me?'”

It seems like there has been a growing concern about the impact that this movie will have, especially with the recent disliking of Batman v Superman and the reshooting that has happened for Suicide Squad. People are concerned with how this movie will turn out. I say don't worry about it. The cast is strong and the trailers have been engaging. I have faith that, if nothing else, this will be a good popcorn flick.

Suicide Squad will hit theaters August 5th.