THR is back with yet another scoop today: James Wan will be stepping aside from his role as director on The Conjuring movies and will be ushering in a new filmmaker to pick up where he left off with the previous chapter in the hit horror series, according to the trade. Say it ain’t so!
Michael Chaves, who recently directed The Curse of La Llorona, which sounds absolutely terrifying and is due out next March, will be taking over Wan’s role as director on The Conjuring 3. David Leslie Johnson, who also wrote The Conjuring 2, is currently scripting the upcoming sequel.
“While working closely with Chaves on The Curse of La Llorona, I got to know him as a filmmaker,” said Wan, who serves as a producer on La Llorona. “Chaves’ ability to bring emotion to a story, and his understanding of mood and scares make him a perfect fit to direct the next Conjuring film.”
Don’t get too worried, though, as Wan will still be “closely involved as a producer” and “act as a godfather” to The Conjuring movies, whatever that means. Plus, word on the street is that La Llorona is pretty damn excellent, so letting Chaves have his hand at a Conjuring flick could be a smart move for the series.
While specific plot details for The Conjuring 3 haven’t been revealed quite yet, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson will indeed be returning to reprise their respective roles as Lorraine and Ed Warren to kick some more supernatural ass and do what they do best.
We’ll keep you posted on any further The Conjuring 3 developments that come across our desk.
The incredibly unsettling first trailer for ‘Pet Sematary’ is here to send chills down your spine
As part of Hollywood’s never-ending quest to keep the Stephen King Cinematic Universe™ going, Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch’s adaptation of Pet Sematary early this morning and I’m blown away by just how great this thing really looks.
If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground near the family’s new home.
But when tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his rather unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. Sounds creepy, right? The 1989 adaptation still gives me chills to this day and I couldn’t help but feel those same chills while watching this trailer.
The sound of the snare drum paired with the eerie ensemble of strings, the creepy animal mask-wearing children marching in formation into the desolate woods, and that final shot of the spooky misspelled sign outside the cemetery make this one hell of a first look to remember.
I can’t wait to see what Widmyer and Kölsch have in store for us with their take on what is undoubtedly one of the scariest novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Speaking of which, if you haven’t read the book yet, you change that right now by picking it up on Amazon for about $9 with free Prime shipping.
Pet Sematary also stars Jeté Laurence and Hugo and Lucas Lavoie and will open in theaters on April 5, 2019. You can check out the newly released trailer for the film below.
James Gunn poised to make a comeback by writing and directing ‘Suicide Squad 2’
After being fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by Disney earlier this year, director James Gunn is poised to make a comeback with uh…(checks notes) Suicide Squad 2? That’s according to TheWrap, who says Gunn is currently in talks to write and possibly direct the upcoming DC movie.
“Gunn will have a completely new take on the property, in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman,” the trade reports. So I guess Warner Bros. just left Gavin O’Connor out in the cold or something?
Look, not only does this prove that we live in the dumbest fucking timeline to ever exist, but it also proves that Warner Bros. was smart enough to capitalize on Disney’s incredibly stupid decision to kowtow to the demands of alt-right pieces of shit like Mike Cernovich.
As you may recall, Warner Bros. was previously eyeing the likes of Mel Gibson and Daniel Espinosa to write and direct Suicide Squad 2 after David Ayer parted ways with the franchise due to creative differences he had with the studio execs on the first movie.
Suicide Squad 2 will see Will Smith and Margot Robbie reprise their respective roles as Deadshot and Harley Quinn along with Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, and Jay Hernandez as El Diablo.
Annapurna drops untitled Fox News movie about Roger Ailes two weeks before production
In a rather strange turn of events, Variety is reporting that Annapurna Pictures has dropped the untitled Fox News movie starring Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman just mere weeks before production was set to begin on the project. So where does a movie go now that it no longer has financing and distribution?
To Focus Features! Well, that’s according to sources Variety spoke to, but nothing is set in stone as of right now. Bron Studios, who financed Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drug thriller The Mule, is also expected to come on board the project as well.
Annapurna’s reasoning for dropping the project is about as clear as mud at the moment, but, if the reports from the trades are any indication, it sounds like the budget for this thing was getting just too darn big for the studio to handle and “kept growing bigger by the day,” according to Variety.
The untitled Fox News movie chronicles the downfall of Roger Ailes, the former chairman and CEO of the conservative television media empire that broadcasts garbage from right-wing sleazeballs like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham every weeknight, amid multiple sexual abuse allegations.
The film’s all-star includes Theron as Megyn Kelly, Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie as a fictional Fox News associate producer, John Lithgow as Ailes, and Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and News Corp.