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Wicked Round-Up: Relativity Puts “THE CROW” Reboot On Hold, “SCREAM” Series Renewed, More…

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This week, news regarding the latest and most anticipated scare fare has been dropping frightfully fast. So to catch horror hounds up to speed, here’s an informative round-up of what’s going on in the wide world of wickedness…

Perhaps the biggest news is that, according to The Wrap, Relativity Media’s looming bankruptcy and layoffs also might have spelled the end for Corin Hardy’s THE CROW remake following the exit of star Jack Huston last month. The film, which was reportedly set to be much closer to James O’Barr’s original graphic novel and had previously been in talks with Andrea Riseborough, Jessica Brown Findlay and Forest Whitaker to co-star. While casting had currently been underway for a new Eric Draven, Relativity’ financial problems and the perpetually delayed production start do not bode well for the project.

 

UPDATE: The original update was removed by request. Relativity has instead updated their statement on THE CROW Reboot:

“THE CROW is still moving forward as planned at Relativity.”

However, talking about reboots, NOSFERATU fans might be interested to know that Robert Eggers, director of Sundance favorite THE WITCH, has formally entered talks to direct a remake of F.W. Murnau’s seminal vampire film, according to Deadline. While few details are available at the moment regarding how Eggers may approach the project, the project joins the Doug Jones-starring NOSFERATU “remix” film for upcoming projects from the public domain property.

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Despite the influx in quality that SCREAM: THE TV SERIES has shown, MTV has seen enough potential in the slasher show to bring it back for round two with a second season order. Since the series has already started offing its main cast, and with more kills to come, one might wonder if we’ll be seeing more of the same “Brandon James” mythology and surviving cast members in the second season, or if the slasher construct might be lifted to another original situation akin to AMERICAN HORROR STORY. In any case, FANGORIA will keep an eye on the series, as it has with weekly reviews, and keep our fingers crossed the show will keep up its recent incline in quality.

Last, but certainly not least, fans of After Dark’s 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR series are in for some good news as the company has announced a full relaunch of the theatrical exhibition. While the series will not follow the After Dark Horrorfest model of the simultaneous 8-film release, After Dark will give each of the 8 films a limited theatrical showcase and has teamed up with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to release the films in a box set shortly afterwards. The series restarts on October 16th with RE-KILL, a new zombie action-horror flick from WRONG TURN 6 director Valeri Milev.

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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