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Christopher Landon is returning to the franchise that helped make his career, as the filmmaker is set to write Paranormal Activity 7. Landon, who most recently directed Happy Death Day and its sequel, Happy Death Day 2, built his career writing installments of the found footage horror franchise. Now, as revealed by producer Jason Blum, he's returning to bring the series back with a new installment.
Jason Blum, head of Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind Paranormal Activity, has been promoting The Invisible Man as of late. During a recent interview, Blum was asked about the status of the seventh movie in the long-running series, which has been in development since last year. Blum decided to reveal that Christopher Landon will be the one cooking up the story. Here's what he had to say about it.'We are doing a new Paranormal Activity. We have Chris Landon, who wrote almost all of them, he directed one of them, he's really kind of the showrunner of the Paranormal Activity series, and he's coming up with Paranormal Activity 7. Which is not the title of the movie, but it is the seventh Paranormal Activity.'
Christopher Landon boarded the series as a writer with 2010's Paranormal Activity 2. Landon then wrote 3, 4 and the fifth entry, 2014's The Marked Ones, which he also directed. The most recent sequel came out in 2015 with The Ghost Dimension. Landon didn't write or direct that movie, which was billed as the final installment at the time of its release. Yet, money talks, so we're getting another one. Blumhouse has built its reputation by making micro-budget genre movies that often do big business at the box office. When that happens, they are exceedingly good at turning those hits into franchises, with Paranormal Activity being the earliest example of that.Plot details are completely under wraps for the time being. As Jason Blum mentions, the title won't be Paranormal Activity 7. It's possible we could be heading toward a reboot of some kind to help freshen things up. Christopher Landon is currently finishing an untitled horror/thriller starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, which is expected to arrive sometime this year. Unfortunately, last we heard, Happy Death Day 3 isn't in the cards, but that will free him up to get working on this project.
Across six movies, starting with the original breakthrough found footage horror hit in 2007, the Paranormal Activity franchise has earned more than $890 million at the global box office. Considering the combined production budgets add up to less than $29 million, it's not at all surprising that Paramount and Blumhouse are teaming up for another go-around. Paranormal Activity 7 is currently set to hit theaters on March 19, 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the sequel are made available. This news comes to us via The Evolution of Horror podcast.
EXCLUSIVE: John Swab’s the opioid epidemic crime-thriller Body Brokers has added Jessica Rothe Happy Death Day, the forthcoming HBO Max series Delilah, Owen Campbell The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Super Dark Times, Thomas Dekker Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Peter Greene Pulp Fiction, The Mask and Sam Quartin Let Me Make You a Martyr, Run With the Hunted to the cast that includes the previously announced stars Melissa Leo, Michael K. Williams, Frank Grillo, Alice Englert and Jack Kilmer.
Body Brokers is the true and untold story of the multibillion-dollar drug and alcohol treatment scheme where former drug addicts and dealers become millionaires as fly-by-night “body brokers”, recruiting other addicts to seek treatment and selling these patients off to facilities paying the highest price.
Rothe will play a treatment center technician and new love interest of Utah, played by Kilmer. Campbell, Dekker, Greene and Quartin will portray patients and workers within the treatment center and addiction services facilities.
Additionally, the independent production and finance company One Two Twenty Entertainment, founded by entrepreneur Kathryn M. Moseley, will come on board to co-finance the film. The project is being produced by Jeremy M. Rosen Dog Eat Dog, Charlie Says, Robert Ogden Barnum Margin Call, All is Lost as well as Swab for Roxwell Films. Moseley will serve as Executive Producer for One Two Twenty Entertainment.
Rothe is repped by WME and Authentic Talent & Literary Management, Campbell is repped by Innovative Artists, Dekker is repped by Innovative Artists and MGMT Entertainment, and Greene is repped by Gregg Edwards Management. Moseley is repped by Ramo Law. CAA Media Finance is handling domestic sales for the film.
The film is currently shooting in Oklahoma.
“Better Call Saul” will last exactly one episode longer than its predecessor. Showrunner and executive producer Peter Gould announced from the TCA stage that AMC had ordered a sixth and final season of the critical favorite. The 13-episode Season 6 will put “Better Call Saul’s” episode total at 63, whereas “Breaking Bad” ran for 62 award-winning episodes.
“When we started, what we wanted to do is tell the complete story. I'm happy to be able to say we're going to be able to do that,” Gould said. “Thank God for AMC and Sony, we've been picked up for Season 6. […] It's going to be 13 episodes, and I was so proud to be a part of 'Breaking Bad' because I felt that Vince [Gilligan] and the rest of us managed to stick the landing on those 62 episodes. And we're going to try like hell to stick the landing on these 63 episodes.”
AMC is preparing to release Season 5 on February 23rd. The 2020 season will consist of 10 episodes, while the crew will begin working on Season 6 next month for a 2021 premiere.
A few spoilers were teased during the panel — including seriously, this is a potential spoiler the Season 5 return of Dean Norris’ Hank Schraeder and his partner Steven Gomez played by Steven Michael Quezada — and the producers even answered a question about what the ending might look like.
“How it ends, I would say, we didn't have much of an idea either,” Gould said. “For the first four seasons, it was very foggy. During the breaking of Season 5, the fog started to lift. We started to see where it ends, and I have to say, none of it is where I expected when we started.”
“When this season is over, I think you'll have a better understanding of where this is all going,” he added.
In a statement provided after the on-stage announcement, AMC president Sarah Barnett said, “Greenlighting a prequel to one of the most iconic series in television history is one of the boldest swings that AMC has ever taken. But, thanks to the creative genius of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, it has also been one of the most rewarding. It has been an absolute joy to collaborate with the extraordinarily talented team on ‘Better Call Saul,’ which — five seasons in — continues to deliver some of the best storytelling and most beautifully nuanced performances on television today. We congratulate Vince, Peter, our producers, writers and cast on a remarkable run and look forward to sharing this final chapter with fans.”
When asked if there were other spinoff possibilities, Vince Gilligan said he wasn’t planning on it.
“I think you can put too much hot fudge on the sundae, and I don't want to do that,” Gilligan said. “I...
Oscar-winning producers Barry Jenkins and Adele Romanski re-team for Eliza Hittman's timely tale of the challenges that face a teenage girl as she seeks an abortion.
As theaters shuttered across the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic, the filmmakers of Never Rarely Sometimes Always had a tough decision to make - wait to release the movie when theaters reopen, or release the film on digital platforms to capitalize on an audience confined to their homes.
Ultimately, for Adele Romanski and Barry Jenkins, who produced the film under their Pastel Productions banner, the story about a teenage girl's journey to get a safe and legal abortion was resonant with the current state of women's reproductive health in America, and so they, along with writer-director Eliza Hittman and distributor Focus Features, opted to release the film on VOD platforms.
"What we do know is that we have a film that's very urgent right now," Romanski tells The Hollywood Reporter. "There continues to be a war on women's health and certain states saying abortions are non-essential medical procedures in response to COVID-19, so we know we have a film that matters."
Written and directed by Hittman Beach Rats, It Felt Like Love and made for under $3 million, Never Rarely Sometimes Always is the story of the teenage Autumn, played by first-time actor Sidney Flanigan, who decides to travel with her cousin Skylar Talia Ryder from her rural Pennsylvania town to New York City to get an abortion. The film delves into the real challenges that the two girls face within the medical system and an unfriendly big city.
The film debuted at Sundance Film Festival this year, where it won a special jury award, and then went on to win the Silver Bear prize at the Berlin Film Festival in February. The film was slated to hit theaters on March 13, but with theaters closing down, it was released on demand on April 3.
"We all believe we have a very powerful piece of art and a very captive audience sitting at home," says Jenkins. "The movie's rated PG-13 and it's really powerful because there's all these kids sitting at home right now trying to figure out what to watch, and while they're doing that, there's states all across the country saying that an abortion is not an essential procedure."
Jenkins and Romanski talked to THR about how Hittman tackled highly politicized issue of abortion with nuance, the biggest production challenges and the decision to bring the film to home screens early.
How did your collaboration with Eliza Hittman come about?
Romanski: We had been fans of Eliza's work since It Felt Like Love, which also debuted at Sundance, and stuck up a friendship as one does on the festival circuit and when we were coming together years later and forming Pastel and thinking about who were the kinds of artists and filmmakers we wanted to...