IT screenwriter will pen the upcoming film based on the Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Paramount Players (a new division at Paramount Pictures) is moving forward with a film based on the Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid of the Dark?, according to Variety. The script will be written by IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman. Matt Kaplan will produce the film.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror anthology series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1992-1996. The show was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel. Are You Afraid of the Dark? premiered on Canadian television’s YTV with “The Tale of the Twisted Claw” on Halloween 1990. The series aired in Canada until June 11, 2000. It premiered on Nickelodeon’s SNICK on August 15, 1992 and aired until April 20, 1996. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was revived as a series with new cast and crew in 1999 on SNICK and aired until 2000. Daniel DeSanto who played Tucker on the original series appeared in teh revival and Ross Hull who played Gary appeared on the series finale.
Both series featured a group of teenagers who called themselves “The Midnight Society.” The group would gather around a campfire at the beginning of each episode and one of the teens would say, “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story [name of episode].” Then they’d toss “midnight dust” on the campfire. The audience would then see the story unfold. The stories were all scary, from abandoned houses to vampires to witches.
Dauberman was one of the three screenwriters on IT which was a huge hit this fall. A sequel is in the works. He also wrote Annabelle: Creation and is currently writing The Nun in The Conjuring universe.
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The Matrix reboot may be happening at Warner Bros.
Yet another reboot is in the works, according to THR. This time around it’s The Matrix. Sources tell the site that Warner Bros. has a reboot of the sci-fi film in the works, with Zack Penn (Ready Player One, X-Men: The Last Stand) in talks to write the script. The studio is reportedly looking at Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fantastic Four) to star, but it’s early days yet. The original film came to us from The Wachowskis and is considered one of the great sci-fi films of all time. It was known for its groundbreaking effects that have been endlessly copied over the years. At this time, the Wachowskis are not involved with the project.
The film was released back in 1999 and gave us an effect known as “bullet time,” the slow-moving action that showed bullets slowly moving during the heightened perception of the main character. The term was used in the script for the first film and is now trademarked by Warner Bros. The Matrix is the story of Neo, played by Keanu Reeves (John Wick, Speed), a hacker who is brought into the “real” world, learning that what we perceive as reality is actually a computer program. The Matrix also starred Laurence Fishburne (Mystic River, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Carrie-Ann Moss (Jessica Jones, Memento).
There were two sequels for The Matrix; The Matrix Reloaded in 2003 and The Matrix Revolutions released six months after the first sequel. The Animatrix was an animated anthology based on the film series and was also released in 2003. There have been numerous video games, anime and comics in the franchise that have continued the story.
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What the world needs now is love, sweet love — and if we need to rely on John McCain and Ashton Kutcher to help us achieve that, then so be it.
On Wednesday morning, Kutcher, dreamy actor and chairman of Thorn, a tech company that builds software to fight human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children, attended a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in D.C. to speak about how to end modern slavery.
After Kutcher’s speech concluded, however, the world was given a quick glimpse at an, um, unexpected moment between him and Sen. John McCain.
It started with sass and ended with a kiss … Read more…
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Amy Adams has been attached to star in a Janis Joplin biopic for several years, and in 2014 the project seemed to pick up steam when Wild and Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée signed on to direct. But alas, it now appears the film is dead for good. In a recent interview, Vallée confirmed that he and Adams were no longer working on Get It While You Can.
Vallée has been making the rounds to promote Big Little Lies, the HBO miniseries that he directed. Next up for him is Sharp Objects, another HBO miniseries. That one stars Adams, and while discussing the project Vallée mentioned that their Joplin pic had been cancelled. “We’re starting very soon,” he told Collider. “I committed to that before Big Little Lies. I was working with Amy Adams on the Janis [Joplin] project that we’re finally not doing, and she invited me to play in her new sandbox, doing a TV series.”
Adams boarded the Joplin biopic around 2010, at which point Fernando Meirelles was attached to helm. That didn’t pan out. In 2013, director Lee Daniels said Get It While You Can would be “[his] next project for sure.” That didn’t pan out either. Eventually Vallée climbed into the director’s chair. Before Adams was attached, Reese Witherspoon and Renee Zellweger were linked to the lead role, and Catherine Hardwicke once considered directing. It’s always possible the project will get revived in another form somewhere down the line, but it won’t be Adams and Vallée’s version.
In the meantime, Janis Joplin fans can take heart in the fact that there’s another long-gestating biopic still in the works. Just a few months ago, Michelle Williams signed on to star in a Joplin movie to be directed by Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene). And fans of Vallée and Adams’ work can look forward to Sharp Objects, an adaptation of the novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.
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